Stop Abusing Chickens
Last summer, I interned at a sanctuary for formerly abused farm animals. I made many friends while there––including several chickens, whom I discovered were as sociable, unique, and intelligent as my childhood dog Oliver.
That’s why I was so disturbed to learn that my own university’s dining service provider, Aramark, which supplies the food I eat each day at Elon, offers no protections for these gentle, sensitive birds. As a result, these chickens endure horrific abuses.
So unless Aramark makes some serious changes, I’ll be joining the growing movement of students across the country working to kick Aramark off their campuses.
Chickens raised for Aramark’s supply chain are crammed by the hundreds of thousands inside filthy, windowless sheds. They are forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes that scald their lungs and skin.
Bred to grow grotesquely large extremely fast, many birds become crippled under their own weight. Some die of dehydration because their bones break and they can’t reach water.
The chickens who survive these horrible conditions are trucked to the slaughterhouse where they are shackled upside down, shocked with electricity, and cut open at the throat. For many birds, this happens while they are still fully conscious!
Aramark has worked on a few animal welfare issues, including eliminating cages in its supply chain, but there are still other foodservice companies that take animal welfare far more seriously. If Aramark doesn't address the animal cruelty in its chicken supply chain, then I hope universities like mine end their contracts with the company.
Please sign my petition urging Aramark to adopt a meaningful animal welfare policy that spares birds from the worst abuses they currently endure in the company’s supply chain. It’s time for Aramark to release a policy working to provide birds with more space and a clean environment, shift away from fast-growing breeds of birds, and eliminate live-shackle slaughter methods.
- Chief Executive Officer and President
Eric J. Foss
- Vice President Corporate Communications
- Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Lynn B. McKee
- Senior Vice President, Finance
- Senior Vice President, Controller and CAO
- Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
- Executive Vice President and CFO
Steve Bramlage, Jr.
- Chief Operating Officer, Sports, Leisure, Corrections and Business Dining
- Senior Vice President, Strategy
- Chief Accounting Officer, Senior Vice President and Controller
- Chief Growth Officer
- SVP, Strategy at ARAMARK
- Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Aramark
Chickens deserve better than the abuse they currently endure on Aramark supplier farms. Right now, chickens destined to be sold as meat to Aramark are crammed by the hundreds of thousands inside filthy, windowless sheds and forced to live for weeks in their own waste and toxic ammonia fumes. They are bred to grow unnaturally fast and often suffer from painful crippling, organ failure, and heart attacks. At the slaughterhouse, they are violently handled, painfully shocked, and cut open at the throat—often while still alive and able to feel pain.
This cruelty must stop!
I am writing to ask that Aramark release an animal welfare policy that ensures Aramark’s supplier farms:
Provide birds with more space, clean litter, access to natural light, and other environmental enrichments
Shift to slower-growing breeds to prevent growth rate-related health problems in birds
End live-shackle slaughter methods in favor of less cruel systems, such as CAS, that eliminate the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals
These changes would prevent a great deal of egregious, needless animal suffering, and it is well within your company’s ability to make them. Please adopt a rigorous animal welfare policy immediately.
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