Acting on a tip-off that a poultry farmer and hatchery owner in Paladhi, Jalgaon district, planned to bury young chickens – including day-old chicks – alive over coronavirus fears, a team including District Deputy Commissioner of Animal Husbandry Dr Sanjay Gaikwad and PETA India Manager of Veterinary Services Dr Rashmi Gokhale sprang into action and rescued 150 birds. The young chickens are now being rehabilitated in a sanctuary with the help of PETA India.
Chickens used for meat and eggs are arguably the most abused animals on the planet. Farmers force those to be used for their eggs into cages so small that they can’t even stretch a wing. Chickens raised for their flesh, called “broilers” by the poultry industry, spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, and the intense crowding and confinement often lead to outbreaks of disease. They’re bred and drugged to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs can’t keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common.
What You Can Do
The best way to help chickens raised for food is to leave them off your plate.