Immediate Release: November 2, 2005
Ornelas at 530/759-8482
Chicken Little May Think the End is Near:
Activists Say His Time Has Come!
Animal protection advocates leaflet outside new Disney film in 40 U.S.
cities to raise awareness on chickens in factory farms
Davis, CA…The non-profit vegetarian group Viva!USA is using the
opening day of the movie “Chicken Little” as a springboard
to inform the public about the treatment of chickens killed in the food
On Friday, Nov. 4, groups of activists in more than 40 cities—including
Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New York—will
gather outside movie theaters showing the new Disney film to distribute
leaflets about inhumane conditions on chicken farms.
For more than a year, Viva!USA conducted investigations of chicken factory
farms in California, including many facilities owned by industry giant
Foster Farms. Viva!USA’s investigation uncovered incredible suffering
“We found birds suffering from ammonia burns, respiratory diseases,
and horribly crippled legs,” said lauren Ornelas, U.S. Campaigns
Director, Viva!USA. “We want to remind movie goers that they can
take a stand against this cruelty simply by not eating chickens.”
“Every second, 269 chickens are killed for meat in the United States,” said
Ornelas. “This is a form of suffering and cruelty that everyone
can work to stop.”
Investigations into the farms found thousands of birds in sheds, the
air filled with ammonia and the floor littered with dead birds. Selective
breeding has caused these birds (called broiler chickens by the industry)
to grow at such an unnaturally fast rate that their legs can barely hold
up their swollen bodies. Some cannot even stand.
At 7 weeks old, when the birds are still chicks, they are hung upside
down by their fragile legs and electrocuted into paralysis before having
their throats slit. In 2002, approximately 2.6 million chickens were
boiled alive, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection
Details and photos from Viva!USA’s investigation can be seen at
www.vivachickens.com. Video footage is available on request.
Viva!USA conducts investigations of factory farms and its national headquarters
are in Davis, CA. Viva!USA (www.vivausa.org) is part of an international
animal protection organization based in England.