Male chicken are worthless to the egg industry, so every year, millions of them are suffocated or thrown into high-speed grinders, called macerators, while they are still alive. Industrial meat chicken farming is one of the biggest causes of animal suffering globally.
Yet most people have no idea about the suffering these intelligent, sensitive animals endure. The welfare of chickens is completely disregarded, leaving them to suffer miserably throughout their short lives.
Like all animals, chickens love their families and value their own lives. The social nature of chickens means that they are always looking out for their families and for other chickens in their group.
They have complex social structures, adept communication skills, and distinct personalities, just as we do. They can complete complex mental tasks, learn from watching each other, demonstrate self-control, worry about the future, and even have cultural knowledge that is passed from generation to generation.
51.4 billion chickens are artificially hatched, fattened up and slaughtered as 42-day-old babies every year globally. Chickens can now be killed at a rate of 140 chickens per minute and slaughter plants can police themselves, making them more efficient killing machines.