National Chicken Month

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This morning, I saw an announcement that my local library was going to be having a special event for kids to celebrate “National Chicken Month.”

“Sure, there’s bound to be some hypocrisy in celebrating the lives of animals that most people eat,” I thought, “but hey, it’s still kind of cool. It’ll raise some awareness, right?”

Turns out that National Chicken Month comes to us courtesy of The National Chicken Council and US Poultry and Egg Association. Sadly, the group says that in the past “the campaign has helped increase chicken sales by more than 50 percent1 in September.”

Fortunately, the HSUS has a press release speaking out against National Chicken Month. They suggest alternate ways to celebrate this industry-created month, like writing to Trader Joe’s to ask them to stop selling eggs from cage-confined birds or signing a petition to help give birds equal protection under the Humane Slaughter Act.

1 Isn’t it pretty evil that ThePoultrySite.com has pictures of cute little chicks when they refer to “broilers” and “layers”2 as types of birds? There’s something wrong with classifying an animal based solely on how we use them.

2 This site says that in a layer house, “[s]ince the [chickens’] manure is often stored for long periods of time, farmers only empty the manure storage a few times a year.” That’s kind of gross.

10 Responses to “National Chicken Month”

  1. equality

    We can expect more efforts like this one you mentioned, for example I have heard about some infancy books paid by the American Meat Institute. Anyway, nowadays infancy books look like meat propaganda.. please check out the following image from my blog (there is a serie of speciesist infancy books images you may find it interesting)

    Speciesist child books 11

    I don’t agree with the proposal of rejecting eggs from cage-confined birds since “free”-range birds are also exploited, deprived from freedom and finally killed, and doing that would mean egg consumption / non-human animal discrimination & use is not the problem, only the way it’s been done in some places. If we want to help birds (and other non-human animals) we have to become vegans (avoiding therefore any kind of egg production among other things) and be active. Don’t you think?

  2. herbivore

    On a related note, here in Portland we have TONS of people driving with these bumperstickers that say “I’m Pro Salmon and I Vote.”

    Assholes. They’re not Pro Salmon, they’re pro dinner. They want to protect the Salmon runs and whatnot only so they can keep eating them.

    Wouldn’t a nice National Chicken Month entail everybody refraining from eating chicken and eggs for a month? Maybe open the factory farm doors and let the chickens out for a full month?

  3. Anne

    What I have a difficult time with are people who are always fawning over animals, can’t stand to see them hurt, almost “hate” a person who would hurt an animal, saying all of this while munching on their roast beef or hamburger. I let them talk, hoping they’ll see the inconsistency in their views – but, it doesn’t happen. Many of these people are close relatives and friends – some say, “I only eat chicken and fish”, to which I reply rather dryly that “chicken and fish aren’t vegetables”, but nothing seems to register in these otherwise well-educated, intelligent, loving adults.

    I just sent them a website about animal rights and cruelty to animals as experienced in slaughterhouses. I wonder how many friends I’ll have left.

  4. mel

    if you dont want to eat a chiken thats cool im glade your sticking to you beliefs but im not going to call you an asshole because i do eat chicken. by the way i do love animals, i would hate to see anyone abuse or hurt them and i do eat meat however i dont see it as inconsistency but more like a fact of life. meat is healthy for the body in moderat amounts

  5. Ryan

    by the way i do love animals, i would hate to see anyone abuse or hurt them and i do eat meat however i dont see it as inconsistency

    You just highlighted your own inconsistency. Check out some videos of factory farms and you’ll see why it’s nearly impossible to eat meat from animals that aren’t abused or hurt.

  6. mel

    im sure there are some very cruel slaughter houses (which they make animal rights movies out of) but for the most part the animals are treated well being aloud to follow thier natural instinks (eat and fuck)before their lifes are ended quickly. certain pets need to nurtured but cows are fine with out it. if cows where smarter than me and they wanted to eat me good i hope i taste good but there not its called the food chain and im at the top. i believe in god and i think he put animals on the earth for a reason we should treat them good but they are also naturly good for our bodies. there is nothing wrong with being vegan you can believe what you want but everyone doesn’t have to you can’t change the fact others eat meat.

  7. sara

    it’s cool to follow your believes but you waste alot of time by trying to stop chicken people from selling chicken (i’m sure if i was a chicken farmer i would give up my profession the secound i read this because my career (way of life) means nothing to me.

  8. TheEggandI

    We just heard about these battery-cage eggs at Trader Joe’s last night, so today we bought eggs at a Whole Foods store instead of TJs for first time in many years.

    We had been wondering why there is so much chickensh*t on the TJ eggs lately! Now we know why!
    (All those hens on top layers of cages are pooping and dripping down on the hens and eggs below them…)

    We also just found out that in Asia and elsewhere, there is growing concern that seemingly healthy chickens are producing eggs, often coated with chickensh*t (feces) that contains AVIAN FLU GERMS!!!!
    Tell THAT to TJ! His stressed-out chickens are probably SICK too, and the sh*t on those eggs could easily contaminate end-users.

    TJ: Get rid of the battery-cages NOW!
    In the meantime, we’ll shop elsewhere.

  9. TheEggandI

    We just heard about these battery-cage eggs at Trader Joe’s last night, so today we bought eggs at a Whole Foods store instead of TJs for first time in many years.

    We had been wondering why there is so much chickensh*t on the TJ eggs lately! Now we know why!
    (All those hens on top layers of cages are pooping and dripping down on the hens and eggs below them…)

    We also just found out that in Asia and elsewhere, there is growing concern that seemingly healthy chickens are producing eggs, often coated with chickensh*t (feces) that contains AVIAN FLU GERMS!!!!
    Tell THAT to TJ! His stressed-out chickens are probably SICK too, and the sh*t on those eggs could easily contaminate end-users.

    TJ: Get rid of the battery-cages NOW!
    In the meantime, we’ll shop elsewhere.

  10. Vlad Gek

    Ahhh…suburban vegans…the other white meat.

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