Startling discovery: 1,000 chicks abandoned to die in a field

Industrial food and agriculture uses some pretty horrifying methods of raising and slaughtering animals for human consumption and other objectives. But the way they treat the animals who've already served their purpose is simply the worst.  

Last week near the town of Peterborough, England, someone came across a bizarre sight in the middle of a field: around a thousand chicks had been simply dumped there. 

The person who found them immediately called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and asked for help. When volunteers arrived at the location they were astonished.  

"I have never seen anything like it — it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable. The chicks are only about a day old and are really tiny and quite delicate," described one of the society's shaken employees who saw the scene.

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The team from the animal protection society unfortunately weren't there in time to save all the chicks but most were rescued. 

They speculated that the babies were from a local chick producer but no one knows why they were left there to die. In the egg industry, male chicks are often "destroyed" en masse because of course they can't produce eggs. There's a terrible irony in an industry producing so many animals only to kill them: is it right to treat living beings that way? Is the industrial approach even good for us

What an act of cruelty towards so many innocent animals. It's encouraging that someone was there to see it and people stepped up to save these poor creatures!


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