International Respect For Chickens Month May
Sat, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 AM
to Sat, May 15, 2021 at 7:00 AM AEST
Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (map
International Respect for Chickens Day, May 4th is an annual project launched by the United Poultry Concerns in 2005 to celebrate chickens throughout the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. Since then it has now become a month of celebrating and educating the public.
During the whole month of May we will be holding a number of actions including bearing witness, public outreach and online activities.
Respect for Chickens Month is the perfect time to educate others about these much under-appreciated birds. Despite their reputation, chickens are clever, social birds. They have self-awareness and the capacity to feel and suffer. And like other animals, they are exploited in many ways including;
Food, Research, Testing: Environmental toxicity testing, Education: Chick hatching exercises.
The easiest way that we can show our compassion to chickens is to stop eating them. If you’re not convinced yet, here are 3 more critical reasons:
• They’re smarter than your companion animal. Why love one and eat the other? Leading animal behavior scientists from around the globe know that chickens are inquisitive and interesting animals whose cognitive abilities are in some cases more advanced than those of cats, dogs, and even some primates.
• They have no legal protection. Many people think that farm workers have to treat animals well, but the billions of chickens killed each year are not protected by a single federal law—the Humane Slaughter Act exempts birds from its protection, even though there are more than 55 times as many chickens slaughtered each year as pigs and cows combined!
• Billions of them die each year. Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In Australia alone, more than 6.5 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 16 million hens are used for their eggs of which 9 million are housed in battery cages. Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Take a stand and join us.
No animal deserves to suffer for your palate.
Photo credit: Edgars Mission