Jesus compared God’s love for us to the love that a mother hen feels for her chicks. It’s a tender image but one that is a far cry from the nightmarish reality endured by hundreds of millions of hens used by the egg industry every year.

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It takes approximately 34 hours for a mother hen to produce one egg.
Mother Hen and Chicks Close Up

God made hens to love dustbathing and foraging for their food. But this is where the U.S. egg industry keeps 346 million hens each year:Battery Chickens on Egg Farm

 

Their lives consist of two years of unnatural misery, starting right when they are born.Baby Chicks at Hatchery

 

Instead of nests built by their mothers, chicks are born in large incubators such as these:Chick Incubator

 

They will never see their mothers or know a compassionate touch.
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God made male and female birds, but shortly after birth, the males and females are separated.

The females will spend their lives in a battery cage.

Close Up of Hens in Battery Cage

 

And the males are either tossed into trash bags to suffocate …
Egg-Farm-Chicks

 

… or ground up alive. Yes, you read that right.

Baby chicks are created by God, but more than 100 million male chicks are killed by the egg industry every year.

God made chickens to use their beaks to find food, establish social hierarchies, and clean themselves, but female chicks have the ends of their beaks cut off with a hot blade.
Chick Debeaking Gif

 

Hens are crammed into tiny wire “battery” cages.
Chickens in Overcrowded Cages GIF

Can’t tell how many birds are in there? Between five and 11. On average, each hen has less living space than is taken up by an iPad.

The cages are often stacked on top of one another …

… so urine and feces fall down onto birds in the lower cages.
Chicken-Feces-Pile

If we’re made in God’s image, why do we allow this?

The living conditions are so terrible that chickens often die in the cages.Dead Chicken in Battery Cage

 

The dead hens are left to rot slowly in the same space as the living birds.
Stepping on Dead Chicken GIF

 

Two years later, their bodies no longer able to produce eggs in such stressful conditions, the surviving hens are sent to slaughter.Broiler Chickens Transport

A chicken’s natural lifespan is 10 to 15 years.

 

At the slaughterhouse, laying hens meet the same bloody end as that of chickens raised for their meat.
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They are shackled and hung upside down.
Chickens Getting Shackled GIF

They try desperately to escape.

 

They are electrocuted, although this may fail to render them unconscious.
Chickens in Slaughterhouse GIF

 

So they are still able to feel pain when their throats are cut, and many are scalded to death.

Each bird is a living, breathing being, created by God, yet this is the reality for hundreds of millions of chickens each year. Their God-created bodies are manipulated and mutilated. We deny them every God-given instinct and desire, veterinary care, and even an ounce of mercy. Even in death, they are not afforded the minimal compassion of a human touch.

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