In October 2016, Jonty Whittleton developed an article that was posted on Huffington, depicting the suffering that chicken go through in the cages. In the post titled, Another Level of Suffering for Chicken, Whittleton explained how caged chicken are denied the opportunity to behave naturally.
Apparently, out of the 60 billion chickens that are reared annually, nearly 67 percent of them are factory farmed. It means that the majority of these birds spend their entire lives enclosed in large warehouses that have no windows, yet filled with tens of thousands of them. While the conditions in these farms are already sufficiently bad, the situation is worse with the use of cages to grow chickens.
That aside, the poultry industry has yet another concern and is hoping that the scientists will find a way to wipe it out. For the longest time, big poultry companies have been struggling with various mass-production practices to make the chickens they breed for meat purposes happy, without causing a negative interference to the profits.
According to a post appearing on Grub Street, some players in the industry claim to have found a solution. The answer does not involve causing any changes to the chicken-rearing practices, but rather, a lot of science. Big Poultry is in the process of genetically engineering a chicken capable of experiencing minimal suffering. It all has to do with determining the “most appropriate” bird size, as well as the growth rate.
About half a century ago, the industry developed a breed of chicken (chicken 2.0) which grows twice as big in half the usual time. From a biological viewpoint, this strategy reaped no benefits especially because it resulted in fat, yet boneless birds, highly prone to heart diseases and a wide array of other health problems. Players in the poultry industry, therefore, feel that the wisest move is to breed out these birds and genetically re-engineer chickens that behave like chickens. On this, Perdue is in the process of exploring numerous ways capable of making the birds grow at almost the same rate as nature intended it, and the top breeding firms are offering as much support as they can.