Essay on Chickens : Let Them Live Free
The conditions of factory farms and the horrific way poultry is handled in the United States is appalling. Eggs and chicken meat are not required for human survival. There is no reason to cause such a sentient animal to go through so much agony for the sake of a non-essential protein. The inhumane treatment of chickens in the United States must be stopped.
Throughout history, in the United States, the business of raising poultry has endured many changes; most of these changes were not to the benefit of the chicken. “Chickens were raised for meat in the United States prior to the 1920’s. But the practice did not become large-scale until that decade. Chicken was actively promoted by the United States government during World War Two, as a cheap alternative to beef. The earliest print reference we find for commercial evisceration plant is 1928.” (Chicken) Factory farms as we know them today, started appearing in the early 1970’s. Coincidentally, this is the same decade the United States government started subsisting corn and McDonalds sold its twenty billionth hamburger. Unfortunately, with the emergence of factory farms, chickens have lost their rights to live and behave the way nature intended for them. “They would naturally spend their day foraging for food, scratching the ground looking for insects and seeds.” (Farm-Animals/Chickens)
Chickens are sentient creatures. They can feel pain, become fearful and get stressed out! They are also quite…