9. Factory-farmed and ‘free-range’ chickens are trucked to the same slaughterhouses
Regardless of what system a chicken was raised in – factory farm, barn, or ‘free-range’ – the slaughter process they face is the same. Once these young birds reach ‘slaughter weight’, chicken catchers will grab them by their legs, stuff them into plastic crates, and transport them in all weather conditions to the slaughterhouse. They will all endure the same fear of being restrained, ‘stunned’, and killed.
Some abattoirs will use gas chambers to kill the birds, and at other slaughterhouses, an electrified bath is used to ‘stun’ the animals before their throats are cut. Many chickens may arrive with dislocated hips and fractures only to be strung up painfully by their legs and forced to hang upside-down in metal stirrups, as a conveyor belt carries them through the bath, and towards an automated knife. And that’s when things go ‘well’. You can learn more about how chickens and other animals are slaughtered in Australia here.