'Nothing will benefit human health
and increase chances for survival on Earth as much as
the evolution to a vegetarian diet.'
The short, miserable lives of chickens
Every year, more than 3 million chickens are slaughtered for food in
Mauritius. Shy and sensitive animals, almost all of them spend their
unnaturally short, miserable lives crammed together in windowless sheds on
factory farms, each one with less space than an A4 sheet of paper.
A BROILER CHICKEN?
chickens are raised and killed for their flesh. They are bred to grow so
large so fast that often their legs cannot withstand their weight. Tens of
thousands of them are forced to live in a dark shed in their own excrement,
among corpses of other birds who died of heart attacks, suffocation,
starvation or stress. Their natural lifespan of 15 to 20 years is cut short
when their throats are slit after six or seven weeks. Many broiler chickens
spend much of their lives in so much pain that they are unable to move.
HOW DOES EGG PRODUCTION WORK?
Only females chicks are useful to the
egg industry, so males are tossed live into a grinding machine, killed with
carbon monoxide or thrown live into the rubbish to suffocate. Female chicks
have their beaks seared off with a red-hot iron, then they're shoved into a
tiny cage with three to six others in windowless sheds filled with thousands
of stacked cages. They have so little space that they can't even stretch out
a wing. Eighteen months and about 400 eggs later, the hens are packed into
trucks and sent to slaughter. Their battered flesh is made into dog food,
soup and other chicken products.
CHICKEN IS NOT A HEALTH FOOD
Chicken contains as much artery-clogging cholesterol as beef (100 mg
in just four ounces), and a single egg has twice as much cholesterol as a
hamburger. The slaughter machines spatter bacteria-laden faeces onto the
carcasses so that most chicken flesh sold is swarming with salmonella,
campylobacter and other dangerous bacteria.
How many often, you have read in the
newspapers that people have been whipped to the hospital due to food
poisoning or a student has died. Chicken and eggs are leading cause of food
borne illness. Besides, unsold pastries are taken by the pastry
makers/confectioners to be used again (added in the mixture) to make other
kinds of pastries. There is not always proper control by the Health Dept in
comparison with the number of shops available around the country and due to
most often shortage of labour while some officers know for certain obvious
reasons which you could deduct why-- they are expert in closing the eyes!
AN ECOLOGICAL NIGHTMARE
These chicken processing plants use tons of water per day. Many farms have
violated environmental laws by discharging their waste into nearby rivers
and streams. According to an Engineer at a multinational having also one of
the largest chicken-processing plant in Mauritius, his plant uses about 500
metric cubes of water per day and this amount should be multiplied by 200
production days (100 metric cubes per year) per plant. This needs to be multiplied
by 15 (for other plants). Is it not a waste of resources when the same
amount could have been used for our crops and vegetables!
YOU CAN DO?
you want to make sure a chicken dinner won't poison your family-- throw it
away! Better still don't buy it in the first place.
This article has been slightly modified for local purpose.
With Courtesy PETA. Picture
Credit: © PETA.
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