Hung upside down, struggling to breathe… the worst is yet to come. Help end the brutal slaughter system that drowns thousands of birds in scalding tanks every week.Take action
In slaughterhouses across the country, live chickens are slammed into metal shackles—a process that often breaks their legs. Hanging upside down and struggling to breathe, birds are dragged through an electrified stun bath before an automatic blade cuts their throats. After “bleeding out,” birds’ bodies are submerged into scalding tanks. That’s the best case scenario for live-shackle slaughter—the industry standard for killing chickens. For countless birds, it doesn’t end this way.
A chicken need only lift her head at the “wrong” time and she will miss the stun bath—doomed to be slaughtered while awake and sensitive to pain. Birds who fail to bleed out quickly enough will instead die in the scalding tank. As one Tyson employee observed, “The chickens scream, kick, and their eyeballs pop out of their heads.” While just a fraction of one percent of chickens are boiled alive, it’s the industry’s mind-boggling kill line speeds that put this “fraction” into perspective. According to the USDA, over half a million chickens drowned in scalding tanks in 2019. That’s 1,400 birds every day.
Sadly, being boiled alive isn’t the only horrific consequence of this archaic slaughter practice. Millions of birds who are improperly stunned have their throats cut while fully conscious, while millions more suffer agonizing broken bones and dislocated limbs in the final, violent moments of their lives.
Meat industry giants like Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Sanderson Farms could end these abuses with a simple decision. Please tell these meat industry giants to urgently use their power to end live-shackle slaughter.
Overhauling the chicken meat industry might sound like a big ask—but with your help we can make it happen.
Following relentless pressure from The Humane League’s supporters, and our coalition partners, Tyson Foods announced plans to transition four of its facilities away from live-shackle slaughter.
That’s a big step. But with hundreds of industry facilities still live-shackling—breaking bones, slitting throats of conscious chickens, and boiling birds alive—it’s not enough.
Ending live-shackling would not only stop the worst abuses faced by chickens in slaughterhouses, it would also make conditions far less dangerous for workers who often end up covered in scratches, feces, blood, and pathogens.
For too long, the meat industry has put profits before people and animals, with devastating consequences. But now, pressure is mounting. If you agree that animals deserve better, please join thousands of caring people who are calling on the chicken meat industry to urgently change its ways.
What you’ve just seen here may be hard to stomach. No one deserves to suffer like this. Bones excruciatingly broken. Limbs dislocated. Throat slit while fully conscious. Boiled alive. Every final second of a chicken’s life is heart-wrenching. It’s pure pain, and unimaginable horror. It’s time to stop this extreme cruelty. Period. Please tell the chicken meat industry to end this abuse.
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