Throughout centuries, we have grown very aware that our companion animals, especially dogs and cats, feel pain just like we do, and we have learned to do everything we can to save our pets from suffering. What is less universally obvious – although entirely true – is that creatures like farm animals, including chickens, feel that same pain too. A chicken with extensive burns all over her body was recently found in Leeds in the U.K. Not much is known about how the animal came to suffer the injuries, but one thing is for sure – the burns caused immense pain to the chicken, and the abuse should not be treated any more lightly because it was not directed at an animal of another species.
The chicken was found on the grounds of the Farsley Cricket Club on August 18, 2018, LeedsLive reports. The bird’s feathers were charred black, some of them completely melted off, and she had a large wound on her body. The bird was huddled against a wall, unable to stand or move, and visibly experiencing agonizing pain. In the best interest of the animal, the chicken was put to sleep immediately, as “she was suffering to such a degree,” said RSPCA inspector Thomas Hutton.
The RSPCA is now trying to find the guardian of this chicken. “I’m keeping an open mind as to what might have happened to her but it’s difficult to imagine how else she could have ended up so badly burned unless someone has set her on fire,” Hutton said.
Anyone with any information that could help the organization with the investigation is asked to call the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Hutton.
Chickens viscerally experience distress and pain – their suffering is not any less acute and when caused by a human, not in any way justifiable. Click here to sign the Care2 petition urging the West Yorkshire Police to continue to search for the person responsible for the abuse on the animal and to bring them to justice for the nonsensical act of cruelty.
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