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Exploring the 'Free Range' Myth

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Posted June 16, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

Many of us already know the term “free range” is terribly misleading. A couple of weeks ago I featured four chickens—Lottie, Betty, Mimi, and Dyna—who live with my Aunt and Uncle out in California. These chickens are some of the only chickens I know of who are truly living “free range.” The term “free range” is thrown around to describe chickens living in situations not even close to the life Lottie, Betty, Mimi, and Dyna have.

You’ll be able to see in this video, created by a film student at the University of Texas at Austin (who also happens to be President of University Vegetarians), that chickens raised for food labeled as “free range” are still crammed into small cages when taken to slaughter and have their throats slit while still conscious. As long as chickens have “access to the outdoors” they can be labeled “free-range.” Apparently it doesn’t matter that it’s pretty much impossible for these birds to get outside because they are bred and drugged to grow so obese that they can hardly move.

“Free range” is pretty much nothing more than a label, to make people feel like they’re making better purchases.

Be sure to share this with your friends, so that they understand what really happens to animals raised for foods.

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  • 1869 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary is located in La Coste, Texas (20 minutes outside San Antonio). The farm is always in need of more support and donations. Gene Baur has even called Sunny Day Farms the pioneer for Farm Sanctuary in Texas! It is truly a beautiful place. You can check out the website below where you can make a donation or even adopt an animal!
    http://www.sunnydayfarms.com/donate

  • 1869 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Amazing video, with a great message.
    Thanks for posting it up!

  • 1870 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Great video! I’m sharing this video with all of my friends and family on Facebook. Everyone should do the same!

  • 1870 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Awww! I wish/hope I could start a big sanctuary like that one. (: That’s SO cute that the turkey was letting the woman pet her. Adorable, I respect these people greatly.
    As for that guy that thought the way his chickens live but have “one bad day at the end” is fine, it’s NOT. And he said he specializes in turning vegetarians back into meat eaters?! We aren’t BLIND dude! No type of slaughter is humane you bitch! I was appalled watching the way they kill their chickens, it’s no better than a slaughterhouse. They were alive through the WHOLE thing dammit! Ugh.

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