We may have just missed International Respect for Chickens Day on May 4, but luckily, the entire month of May has been deemed International Respect for Chickens Month! Even though this month is dedicated chickens, let’s take a look at these clever fowl and learn why we should show them compassion all year.
The easiest way that we can show our compassion to chickens is to stop eating them. If you’re not convinced yet, here are a few more reasons:
They’re smarter than your companion animal. Why love one and eat the other? Leading animal behavior scientists from around the globe know that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are in some cases more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates.
They have no legal protection. Many people think that farm workers have to treat animals well, but the billions of chickens killed each year are not protected by a single federal law—the Humane Slaughter Act exempts birds from its protection, even though there are more than 55 times as many chickens slaughtered each year as pigs and cows combined!
Billions of them die each year. Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In the United States, more than 8 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 346 million hens are used for their eggs. Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Take a stand and pledge to go vegan now. No animal deserves to suffer for your palate.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.