A Day in the Life of a Newly Hatched Chick

Published by Ashley Palmer.

As we’ve seen time and time again, chickens suffer immensely in the meat and egg industries. But a PETA eyewitness has revealed that their suffering often begins from their very first moment of life.

Chicks who didn’t hatch on schedule were referred to as “late hatchers.” They were left all alone, deprived of the warmth and comfort of their mothers.

Late-hatching chicks were left in barren plastic baskets like this one.

Some were left to die in barren plastic crates.

Late Hatcher Chicks at Sanderson Hatchery

Many were too weak to stand or even hold their heads up. Some were found near the bodies of other chicks who didn’t survive.

Sanderson Hatchery Investigation Sick and Weak

The lucky ones never even hatched, because what would have come next is beyond your worst nightmare. These unwanted chicks, often no more than a few hours old, were dumped into a macerator, where they were ground up alive.

Note: Not a Sanderson macerator—used for illustrative purposes only.Anonymous for Animal Rights
Note: Not a Sanderson macerator—used for illustrative purposes only.

But what else can you expect from an industry that makes money from raising, slaughtering, and dismembering animals? If you want to help put an end to this suffering, pledge to go vegan today.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind