Chickens raised for meat, known as broilers, represent by far the largest number of land animals raised for food. Broilers have been selectively bred for decades to grow as big and as fast as possible, leaving these birds with deformed bodies that cause them chronic health problems and inevitable suffering. Broilers routinely suffer heart failure, lameness, respiratory illnesses, and death even before they are sent to slaughter at just five or six weeks old. A single barn can hold tens of thousands of animals.  

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