As all you Green Monsters out there probably know by now, chickens who are born into the factory farm system get a pretty rough deal in life.

Chickens raised for their eggs or meat are typically crammed into tiny cages with no room to move, pumped full of growth-promoting drugs and synthetic hormones, and forced to endure the unanesthetized removal of their beaks. Male chicks in the egg industry are routinely discarded as though they are nothing more than pieces of trash, within hours, or even minutes, of their birth – and this occurs even when their mothers’ eggs are labeled “free range” or “cage-free.”

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Now, the renowned singer-songwriter Morrissey has released a new animated music video called “Someday,” in an effort to help PETA raise awareness about the constant abuse meted out to these animals.

In this three-minute YouTube video (animated by Ana Saunders), the life of a young chicken – from the moment he steps out of his egg and opens his eyes, to the terror of losing his mother, and his journey to the slaughterhouse – is played out in heartbreaking detail. While our hero eventually manages to escape his chilling fate and join an animal sanctuary, the video ends with a very stark message: eight billion chickens per year are not so lucky.

The song “Someday” is set to be featured on Morrissey’s nationwide tour later this year. It is hoped that the song will help spread the word about the horrific cruelty endured by billions of chickens throughout the world – all for the sake of profit.

Image Source: Brian Boucheron/Flickr

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