Chicken has become a daily need for every domestic household in the US and other parts of the world. More than 9 billion chickens are raised annually in the U.S.A alone.
There has been a sudden increase in the consumption rate of chicken. People have started to eat chicken every second day. 50 years ago, chicken was seen as a luxury, but now it has become a necessity. This sudden increase in the demand of these animals has forced degradation in the quality of the same.
The following list gives 5 horrifying facts about chickens.
A huge amount of antibiotics are used on chickens to increase their fertility rate. These antibiotics often harm the chicken's health if not given in proper amount. Even humans are at risk if they eat a chicken which is choked up on a variety of antibiotics.
A recent study has shown that the size of chickens is 4-times more than it used to be in 1950's. The reason accounted for this was selective breeding. But, this may not be the case. Chickens are often exposed to growth hormones or drugs to increase their sizes. This leads to a greater profit.
The levels of arsenic in chickens are rising. The government has approved of arsenic at a quantity of 1 part per billion. But, according to a recent study conducted by John Hopkins University, the levels of arsenic in chicken were shocking. It was 1.8 ppb in organic chickens! This leads to health concerns among humans as this amount of arsenic intake is harmful to the human body.
Going by the consumer report analysis, chicken breasts are contaminated by a huge amount of bacteria. The study showed that 97% of the chicken breasts in 317 were contaminated. Most of this bacterium was antibiotic resistant but is very harmful to the human body.
Dealing with the waste of billions of chicken is not that easy. But it is made easy by throwing the waste down the water lines which leads to water contamination. Imagine you have been drinking chicken's poop all this time. Just kidding!