Artists Defend Chickens

(PR) If overwhelmingly more chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, why are they not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act? That's exactly what peta2-the world's largest youth animal rights organization-and members from numerous bands would like to know.

Members of Chiodos, Boys Like Girls, Rise Against, Silverstein, Scenes From a Movie, Mustard Plug, The Dollyrots and Bandcamp along with Dave Melillo (who played with Cute Is What We Aim For all summer) have signed peta2's "I Am Not A Nugget!" petition calling for chickens—who make up 98% of all land animals slaughtered for food—to be protected by the Humane Slaughter Act.

Why are so many top bands sounding a sour note against cruelty to chickens? In factory farms, chickens—who are known to be as smart as cats and dogs and have the same capacity to feel pain—are crammed into dark, filthy sheds, where each bird is confined to a space about the size of a sheet of paper. Baby chickens have their sensitive beaks cut off with a hot blade, and the birds are bred and drugged to grow so fast that many become crippled under their own weight. At the slaughterhouse, their legs are forced into shackles, they are hung upside-down, and many chickens are still conscious as their throats are slit—millions are scalded to death.

For more information and to sign peta2's "I Am Not a Nugget!" petition—and to watch video shout-outs from artists such as Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley, Madina Lake's Dan Torelli, Gabe Saporta from Cobra Starship, and Zack Merrick from All Time Low—please visit peta2.com.

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