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May Is International Respect for Chickens Month

Written by Ashley Palmer | May 17, 2011

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.

beautiful-chickens

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.

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  • ShannonWacks says:

    I was in tears as I learned more about whats going on around me.
    I ate continuously the same meats over and over. The bleeding, screaming cows, the pleading crippled chickens, The kicking, writhing pigs, and the tortured, needy fish and turkeys.
    We need to stand up to this, including deserving animals like alligators, chinese giant salamanders, chimpanzee’s and gorillas, caribu, whales, elephants, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, and seladangs.
    thers so many THOUSANDS others.
    I want to be part of the activist cause.
    there are so many beautiful animals thta die because we’re selfish and greedy.
    We can stand together to stop it but we don’t.
    Its sad that we’re below filth when we dream to be higher.
    I disgust myself, and every human being is crawling on the ashes of greed and money.
    We can change, but not with baby steps at a time.

  • Carol Creutz says:

    I did not know chickens were so smart, but also not so smart animals deserve to live a decent life. I only eat organic eggs very occasionally and am a vegetarian leaning towards vegan.

  • Lesley Cawthorne says:

    please don’t let any animal suffer becauce of our so called needs

  • Paige says:

    I will stop eating chickens for this month.If I could,I would probably stop altogether.

  • Luna Kadampa says:

    On the world clock, it is impossible to get the chicken counter to stand still. This is so chilling.

    It is hard to believe society has so little recognition of these sentient beings that they are exempt from an act that should be there to protect them above all, given that they are the ones who are abused most.

    I have written some articles on factory farming and on animals in general on my meditation blog http://www.kadampalife.org, based on 30 years of being a Buddhist and even longer loving animals. I think some of the information on here will be very helpful to animal defenders who need further arguments to sway others to justice and the real meaning of being human(e).

    Thank you Peta for your work for those without a voice of their own.

  • Luna Kadampa says:

    On the world clock, it is impossible to get the chicken counter to stand still. This is so chilling.

    It is hard to believe society has so little recognition of these sentient beings that they are exempt from an act that should be there to protect them above all, given that they are the ones who are abused most.

    I have written some articles on factory farming and on animals in general on my meditation blog http://www.kadampalife.org, based on 30 years of being a Buddhist and even longer loving animals. I think some of the information on here will be very helpful to animal defenders who need further arguments to sway others to justice and the real meaning of being human(e).

    Thank you Peta for your work for those without a voice of their own.

  • C Sanchez says:

    I think many people believe that animal meat is the best source of protein. There are many alternatives to receive daily protein in a vegan/raw-vegan diet. Like raw hemp seeds, for instance.

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