"The meat industry's big public
relations problem is that vegetarians
are demonstrably healthier than
Professor of Nutrition and Public Health,
New York University, Marion Nestle
Over 18 million chickens a year (4%) die before they even reach 6 weeks. They suffer from heart attacks, congested lungs and crippled legs. Some are cannibalised by their mates. The survivors are caught and shoved into crates. Hundreds of thousands of chickens a year die during transport to slaughter. In addition, many millions of birds (3-4%) suffer the pain of broken bones and dislocated hips due to rough handling before death. A 2008 study examined the walking ability of 51,000 chickens and found only 3% could walk normally by the end of the growing period.