More and more Americans now say that cruelty toward chickens is something they can't stomach.
According to a recent survey commissioned by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a vast majority of U.S. consumers think that the poultry on their plates should get there without suffering. More than 80 percent of the 1,009 participants in the survey said they feel it is important that the chickens they eat be raised in a humane way.
Meanwhile, the survey also found that less than a third of respondents believe that meat processors are actually doing so - because typically they're not. Every year, nearly 9 billion chickens are raised to be slaughtered in the U.S., many of which are subjected to deplorable conditions, made to endure cramped cages, extreme temperatures, and numerous other stresses prior to being slaughtered.
Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA, says that more people are catching on to the unsavory practices that take place on factory farms across the country - and that's the first step to putting an end to them.