Extending Compassion From Birds Harmed By BP To Birds Killed For Food

Ever since the BP oil rig explosion there has been an outpouring of concern for pelicans, ducks, and other birds in the Gulf. People from coast to coast are taking steps to help oil-covered birds; gathering fur and hair for Matter of Trust, donating to the International Bird Rescue Research Center and other rescue groups, volunteering to monitor bird populations, urging the Attorneys General to charge BP with cruelty to animals, and more. Everyone is mindful of the suffering in the Gulf and it’s encouraging how the public has come together to save seabirds and other wildlife. I hope people will eventually extend the same compassion to chickens and other birds killed for food.

When it comes to feeling pain and suffering, birds are birds. Pelicans, ducks, seagulls, chickens, and turkeys are all made of flesh, bone, and blood. They all value their lives and grieve for lost loved ones.

If you know someone who is boycotting BP, yet still buying chicken nuggets, please urge them to show mercy for all birds. We may not see disturbing photos of chickens and turkeys in factory farms and slaughterhouse on the news each night, but these birds are suffering nonetheless.

Chickens and turkeys aren’t even covered under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act. Before their flesh is cooked in oil, baked, broiled, or grilled, these birds are confined to overcrowded, waste-filled sheds that stink of ammonia fumes. Their bones are often broken when they are flung into transport crates for slaughter, and, at the slaughterhouse, they’re often scalded alive in the tanks of water used for feather removal.

It’s understandable that people are thinking more about pelicans and other birds at the moment–they urgently need our help. But, fortunately, it doesn’t take much effort to help chickens and turkeys, too. Simply choosing vegan alternatives to meat and eggs is the best way to help birds raised for food. You can also help by joining United Poultry Concerns (UPC), an organization that promotes the respectful treatment of domestic fowl, and by sponsoring a bird at the UPC sanctuary.

Compassion knows no boundaries—please encourage everyone you know to show compassion for all birds—wild and domestic.


Tal Ronnen

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Carmen Bouwhuis Jansen

I just don't understand. grrrr

Janel C.
Janel C.5 years ago

I am in the process of becoming a vegetarian. I am studying what foods will give me adequate amounts of protein and iron.I have some health issues,not life threatening,so I need to be careful that I am doing it right.

CR C.5 years ago

I think that is alwful these rules should apply to all living creatures. Also BP make me sick get of your ass and help these poor creatures covered in your product.

rene p.
Rene p.5 years ago

I just reread my post...as it reads toward the end is contradictory.What I was referencing when I said I am working on eliminating it totally is fish....I have been working on not eating any fish so I will be meat free.Once a month will be reduced to a few times a yr. to zip.

rene p.
Rene p.5 years ago

Cleaning up my diet has been a process.Meat went along time ago....red,white,etc.I still ate chicken/turkey but over time reduced it to occasionally.Then I read the book Skinny Bitch....the chapter on meat processing.The authors warned readers about the contents of this chapter but encouraged readers to read it and not skip over it out of respect for all the animals that forfeited their lives so humans could eat.I was repulsed and I cried as i had no idea that abuse was going on at all much less the level and degree to which these innocent animals were subjected.Despicable and horrific does not even come close to describing what went on.I have not touched chix/turk since then and that was almost 3 yrs. ago.Now I am working on eliminating totally.I only eat it on the average of 1/mo.I found allowing myself to process meat out of my life over time was the best way for me versus all at once.I chunked it down,which made it easier to do.

Polina U.
Polina U.5 years ago

Len I hope for the return to the garden of Eden, whereby not eating animals, Golden age return may happen.

Polina U.
Polina U.5 years ago

I agree with Michelle. It doesn't matter what tastes good. SACRIFICE

Polina U.
Polina U.5 years ago

Wheat imitation chicken is great, try it Jami.

Jami Winn
Jami Winn5 years ago

sorry but chicken is gunna be hard but ill try maybe ill sub it with bacon or ribs i dunna but something

Bonnie S.
Bonnie S.5 years ago

Every life is precious and my prayer every day is that humans finally wake up and realize this. I saw a television show, totally unrelated to animal issues per se, but the comments made were exactly what the attitude is these days. The man making the comments had been made to see and touch the animal that later became his dinner. He said he didn't want to see the animals alive before he ate them, because that was just disgusting. He just wanted to eat his dinner in peace. But very obvious was the fact that he ate only the vegetables and salad that night, and NOT the lamb he had been petting just a few hours earlier. Sir Paul McCartney has said many times that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian/vegan. That was clearly demonstrated with the man on this show. If everyone were forced to witness the living beings, touch them, look into their eyes and then see them brutally slaughtered, I know that meat would become a thing of the past on dinner plates everywhere. A tempe "steak" is just as tantalizing, juicy and wonderful as any steak, or at least I would think so. I love it. I even served it to a friend, who raved about her wonderful steak, and was shocked when I revealed what it was made of. We must learn to respect all life, and let all creatures live out their intended existence. Only then will true peace be found in the hearts across the world.