Stop Allowing Chickens to Be Slaughtered While Conscious

Target: Anthony Rendon, California State Assembly Speaker

Goal: Bring California’s animal welfare standards for chickens in line with other farm animals by not allowing them to be killed while conscious.

The process of killing chickens in California’s massive poultry industry has included immense and unnecessary suffering, thanks to the state’s lax laws regarding slaughtering methods. In one typical process, the birds are shackled upside down while fully conscious just moments before they are killed. This action causes the birds unneeded pain and distress, and it must be brought to an end.

While California law requires that all other farm animals, such as pigs or cows, be rendered fully unconscious prior to slaughter, this same provision has not extended to chickens or other forms of poultry. This arbitrary omission appears to prohibit animal suffering in only some cases, while allowing it to continue unchecked for others. As chickens make up almost 98 percent of the animals raised for food, this means that the vast majority of animals killed in the state for food may be experiencing pain and suffering at the moment of slaughter.

The idea that chickens and other birds can be legally killed in this way is horrifying. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that the poultry industry in California be held to a higher standard.


Dear Assembly Speaker Rendon,

California law currently prohibits farm animals such as cows and pigs from being conscious or able to feel pain at the moment of slaughter. Unfortunately, this same legal protection does not currently extend to chickens and other forms of poultry, which means that thousands of birds are killed each day using cruel and painful methods. That is why we are urging you to support the Humane Poultry Slaughter Act, which would address this glaring oversight.

We are appalled that it has taken this long to ensure basic animal welfare rights for chickens, but are grateful to see legislation such as this bill finally being discussed. We, the undersigned, urge you to support this necessary step toward making California a more humane place for all animals to live.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Compassion in World Farming

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  1. Wow, that’s just cruel. Simply cruel. Used Humane alternatives! And has one of my favorite animal rights organization says, the best we can do is just leave them off of plates!

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Totally agree with the Kumar comment. Leave meat off your plate. This is sad and sickening its not a good way to treat these sweet birds. Rotten pricks who kill in such in humane way burn in hell.


  4. Eva Cantu says:


  5. Jaime Perez Jaime Perez says:

    Stop eating meat!! Humans think they can’t survive without meat, but they can. Animals go through hell to feed humans. Go vegan and stop the madness.

  6. Chickens should be treated more humanely.


  8. Kat Gonzalez says:

    If people cannot become vegetarian or vegan, at least leave meat off their plate a couple of times a week! This could change things for all the animals they want to eat.

  9. Cynthia Mattera says:

    No reason ANY ANIMAL should be alive and conscious while being slaughtered. They should all be asleep and unaware of the fear and pain ;(

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