Poultry Slaughter: The Need For Legislation
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org


United Poultry Concerns (UPC)
September 2011

[Downloadable PDF available here.]

“Slaughter is different from processing in that the raw material is alive, has a central nervous system, can express emotional states, and has biological components like humans.”
– Dr. Janice Swanson
American Meat Institute Foundation’s Annual Animal Handling and Stunning Conference
February 21-22, 2002

“Do you think from your perception that the birds have a sense of what is going to happen to them?” “Yes. They try everything in their power to get away from the killing machine and to get away from you. They have been stunned, so their muscles don’t work, but their eyes do, and you can tell by them looking at you, they’re scared to death.”
– Virgil Butler
former Tyson slaughterhouse worker

Why is legislation needed? Read the facts about:

  • Catching & Transport of Chickens and Other Birds Slaughtered for
  • At the Slaughterhouse
  • Gas Stun-Killing of Birds
  • Decompression
  • Ritual and Live Animal Market Slaughter
  • Killing Unwanted Birds
  • “Humane” Slaughter Laws for Poultry

Poultry Slaughtered Under Federal Inspection in the United States in 2009

  • Chickens: 7.82 billion
  • Turkeys: 275 million
  • Ducks: 21.9 million

Poultry Slaughtered in the World in 2007

In 2007, Europe slaughtered over 7 billion chickens. Canada slaughtered 640 million chickens and Great Britain slaughtered 850 million chickens. Worldwide, approximately 52 billion birds were reported slaughtered in 2007, more than 50 billion of them chickens, including egg-laying hens.

UPC's 8-page, full-color booklet, first published in 2003, has been updated to reflect current information about the poultry slaughter process and mass destruction methods. It provides the clearest, most succinct explanation of poultry slaughter available. Our booklet is fully documented and can be read here - PDF.

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