Chickens are perhaps the ‘best’ example of the worst effects of factory farming.
Over generations, these animals have been selectively bred to grow at three times their natural rate – to be ready for slaughter at just five to six weeks old. They may look like adult birds but they are just babies – they’re still chirping and have soft baby feathers.
This rapid growth rate puts enormous pressure on their immature hearts and skeletons. Millions of chickens won’t even survive the few short weeks to reach slaughter weight. They’ll die in factory farm sheds – from heart problems, respiratory issues or other illnesses that are a direct result of their breeding and living conditions.
Chickens are effectively born into a genetic prison – their bodies are their cage.