Exploring the 'Free Range' Myth
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.