What has been done to help chickens

While the abuses against chickens are many and severe, a number of organizations and individuals around are working tirelessly to help chickens.  They educate the public, lobby for laws on behalf of chickens, boycott companies that abuse chickens, and rescue individuals from abuse or slaughter, allowing them to live out their lives in sanctuary.  It is impossible to recognize every one of them here, but find a few examples of Chicken Heroes in our Chicken Advocates section. 

Other Heroes include:

—the undercover investigators who work in hatcheries, slaughterhouses, and laboratories to document and expose cruel conditions;

—the organizations and protesters who campaign to raise awareness and change practices;

—the participants in “open rescues,” non-violent, public rescues of layer hens and other animals in need of medical treatment (these rescues also serve to document conditions and to raise awareness);

—the sanctuaries, caregivers, volunteers, and adopters who provide lifelong care to the chickens they rescue, allowing them to live full and happy lives;

—and the many artists, writers, filmmakers, scientists, chefs, and everyday people who use their talents to help make the world a better place for chickens.





From quiet and not so quiet revolutions, to real life rescues, these artists imagine a more compassionate world for chickens.


Mr. Henry Joy

Mr. Henry Joy, gentleman rooster and therapy chicken, brought comfort to nursing home residents, accompanied by his caregiver, Alisha Tomlinson.  In this video taken by Peter Weinberger for the Charlotte Observer in 2008, Alisha and Mr. Joy visit the Golden Living Center in Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Joy, who passed away in 2009, also served as a chicken ambassador throughout his life and occasionally joined Alicia in leafletting on factory farming and vegetarianism.  "People come over and say 'Is it real?' " Alisha reported.  Visitors would stroke Mr. Joy, witness his affectionate personality and, hopefully, start to think about chickens as beings, not just as sandwiches. "It's not a hard-core agenda," according to Alisha. "You catch more flies with honey."

What makes for a grievable life?

By: L.A. Watson

Not all lives are valued the same. Some lives are valued more than others. Those who are valued in life are also valued in death. When a life of value is lost we mourn this loss through elaborate memorials.

The title for this video piece comes from a question the philosopher Judith Butler posed when she asked, “What makes for a grievable life?” Butler posed this question when thinking about particular human populations whose lives have become less valuable (and therefor less grievable) through acts of war, racism and societal inequality.

In this video I set about posing Butler’s question in relation to those non-human animal’s lives who have been deemed “ungrievable” due to dominant human-centered paradigms which have labeled them as such. This video attempts to subvert the dominant paradigm that posits a chicken’s life as “lunch” rather than a deceased being worthy of a proper burial.