269 Chickens Killed Per Second
I've been vegan for 10 years, so I'm fairly well informed about the slaughter of animals, but these numbers from Viva! USA are shocking:
Every day, 23 million chickens are killed in the U.S. for food--that’s 269 deaths per second!
We have to stand up for these mistreated birds and take action!
Because this industry is so huge, we took almost a year to collect information and video footage. We traveled to countless chicken sheds in both the winter and summer. We saw literally thousands upon thousands of birds. But despite these vast numbers, it's important to remember one thing: each of these birds is a feeling individual who has endured unspeakable suffering on these farms.
What does a typical chicken farm look like? Your first view is row after row of industrial sheds---there were 27 sheds at one facility we visited. Most people would never imagine ...that these innocuous, sometimes windowless buildings hold living beings, but the sad truth is that each one contains thousands of birds in crowded, filthy conditions. When we opened these sheds on a cold winter day, we were startled by the oppressive heat and smell inside. Only a few small lights broke the darkness, and a combination of dust and feathers filled the air. In some places, conditions were so bad it was hard to take photographs—or even see.
What we could see was horrific. Dead birds littered the floors of the sheds, some looking as if they had been trampled or crushed.