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Chickens raised for their flesh—called “broiler” chickens by the meat industry—are typically confined to massive, windowless sheds that hold tens of thousands of birds each. While #chickens can function well in small groups, where each bird is able to find his or her spot in the pecking order, it’s virtually impossible for them to establish a #social structure in such large numbers. Because of this, the #frustrated #birds often peck at one another relentlessly, causing injury and even death.
Such intensive confinement also breeds filth and disease. A #Washingtonpost #writer who visited a chicken shed said that “dust, #feathers and ammonia choke the air in the chicken house and fans turn it into airborne sandpaper, rubbing skin raw.” A staff writer for The New Yorker, also visited a chicken farm and wrote, “I was almost knocked to the ground by the overpowering smell of feces and ammonia. My eyes burned and so did my lungs, and I could neither see nor breathe. … There must have been thirty thousand chickens sitting #silently on the floor in front of me. They didn’t move, didn’t cluck. They were almost like #statues of chickens, living in nearly total #darkness, and they would spend every minute of their six-week lives that way.” Because the birds are forced to breathe ammonia and particulate matter from feces and feathers all day long, many suffer from serious health problems, including chronic respiratory illnesses and bacterial infections.
Consumer Reports found that 2/3 of chicken meat analyzed was infected with salmonella or campylobacter—or both. The extremely high prevalence of dangerous contaminants in chicken flesh is largely from the filthy conditions in the sheds where the birds are raised. Factory-farmed animals are fed sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics as “growth promoters.” Feeding animals low doses of antibiotics encourages the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—which people come