All birds were debeaked
and weighed at one day of age.
"It means that millions more animals are raised on filthy, severely crowded factory farms; dehorned, debeaked
and otherwise mutilated without painkillers and slaughtered in ways that would horrify any decent person - simply to satisfy an unsustainable demand for meat.
They are debeaked
, deprived of outdoor access, fed an unnatural diet, and can't survive without controversial antibiotics.
With over 54,000 views on YouTube (PETA, 2012d), the powerful are brought closer to the powerless thanks to digital video, a potent instrument of power by which viewers are shown why McCartney says, "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." The viewer is confronted with images of chickens being debeaked
, a turkey having its head twisted around as a farm worker attempts to break its neck, veal cows being sold at auction and unable to walk because their muscles have atrophied, and baby pigs squealing as they are castrated, their tails cut off, and ears mutilated without painkillers.
In addition, the birds have been painfully debeaked
"Animal Care Certified" gave the public the impression that the laying hens were raised under conditions other than being crowded into battery cages, debeaked
, and deprived of food and/or light to be forced to molt.
and toe-clipped (22) and then packed by the tens of thousands
A deer, badger or rabbit that never learned its green cross code has not been dehorned, debeaked
, castrated or transported in lorries, so those who eat them claim the moral high ground over farmed meats.
Bred for weight, many of them can no longer walk and they're debeaked
with a hot knife in case they peck one another to death.
Chickens are debeaked
and crowded five to each sixteen-by-eighteen-inch cage, their natural life spans of fifteen to twenty years shortened to two.
As many as 100,000 birds can live in each "henhouse" Conditions are so psychologically taxing on the birds that they must be debeaked
to prevent pecking injuries.
The rip-offs have been revealed by researchers who claim that many so-called organic chickens are being kept in crowded conditions and even debeaked
by British growers eager to jump on the "healthy food" bandwagon.