Arsenic has been called the King of Poisons. Unfortunately, it is also a common additive in poultry feed. While the supposed benefits of this practice are unproven, the detrimental effects are all too clear. Arsenic is a known carcinogen and can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, mental deterioration, and more. Even tiny doses can, over time, build up to cause life-threatening problems.
Feeding arsenic to chickens doesn't just hurt you when you eat the meat. It also means that the waste from the factory farms and processing plants is laden with the poison. These wastes are then sprayed over agricultural lands where the toxins seep into the water supply, poisoning the people a second time as well as everything in the environment.
Maryland is the 7th largest poultry producer in the country. Democratic legislators there have introduced a bill that would ban this ridiculous and dangerous practice. Sign the petition and tell the Maryland State Congress to support this bill and ban arsenic in poultry feed!
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