The Arizona Republic reported that the Washington, D.C.-based “Humane Society is intensifying anti-factory farming campaigns in Arizona and elsewhere.” Just like many articles written in the past since 2005, it appears that Arizona farmers and the Humane Society [not your local agency] disagree over certain animal rights and how these animals are grown for human food. As a result of this intense push, Arizona livestock and poultry farmers are pushing back against what they say are increasingly aggressive campaigns by the Humane Society of the United States on the manner they raise their stock. Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle said “the fight against factory farming targets practices that create miserable existences for millions of animals, many of which lead their entire lives in confined spaces until they are slaughtered.” The national Humane Society is no stranger to Arizona as they came in here last year and spent $320,328 to defeat Proposition 109 in Arizona.
Specifically stated, the organization “has spoken out against intensive confinement, inhumane slaughter and force-feeding of animals for profit.” In several states, it has put measures before voters to restrict animal agriculture. Arizona farmers respond by noting that meat, eggs and milk provide protein for millions, farmers say the public’s demands for massive quantities of these foods require large operations where animals are confined. The animals are castrated to produce tender, flavorful meat. Tail-docking, or shortening animals’ tails, is practiced in some but not all Arizona dairies to keep milk cows cleaner and prevent mastitis, a debilitating infection of the udder. Farmers say caged-chicken operations help ensure food safety. “No right-thinking person abuses animals, but we (farmers) haven’t kept pace with people who have an agenda,” said Joe Sigg, director of government relations for the Arizona Farm Bureau. “Cows and pigs are not our pets; we eat them.” The Humane Society began a campaign against caging chickens for egg production in 2005. It takes credit for a California law passed last year that requires all whole eggs sold to be produced cage-free by 2015. Now, the group is pushing for nationwide prohibitions on practices such as tail-docking, castration without anesthesia, and cramped pens and cages. 
It is not just the Humane Society that is going on the offensive in the animal world as People for Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] has targeted both KFC and Tyson Foods and accused of them of Cruelty to Chickens. In an article written by Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns who conducted “an undercover investigation at a Tyson slaughterhouse stated or “documented workers maliciously stomping on and mutilating chickens.” She goes on to write “many of these chickens end up in restaurants like KFC or in your local grocery store, modern methods of raising chickens are appalling.” Chickens are increasingly locked up in dark “tunnel” houses where they hobble and sit in pain and filth on crippled legs. Most food-industry chickens are ill and lame from the time they are born. The roughly 1 billion chickens killed each year for KFC’s buckets are crammed by the tens of thousands into excrement-filled sheds that stink of ammonia fumes. Her report stated “The birds’ legs and wings often break because they’re bred to be too top-heavy and because workers carelessly shove them into transport crates and shackles. Chickens’ throats are slit and the animals are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water to remove their feathers, often while they are still conscious and able to feel pain.” This was discovered more than two years after KFC promised PETA that it was taking animal welfare seriously. 
PETA wants KFC to adopt the animal welfare program developed by five members of its own animal welfare board. These advisors are the world’s top poultry experts; they advise the meat industry in North America and Europe and believe that KFC can'”and should'”adopt them. KFC has yet to do any of the following: Adopt the “Animal Care Standards” program. This program, if implemented would lower the amount of ammonia in the air in factory farms, improve the living spaces and lighting in chicken sheds, prohibit the intentional starving of breeding birds, and ensure that birds are provided with mental and physical stimulation. Secondly, they are asking slaughterhouses to switch to controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK). This would prevent live birds in slaughterhouses from being abused by workers, having their throats slit, or being scalded while they were still conscious. CAK would also improve conditions for workers and decrease contamination levels in chickens’ flesh. Lastly, they want the company to switch to “mechanized chicken gathering. “This would drastically reduce the number of broken bones and painful bruising that birds endure when factory-farm workers carelessly throw them into transport crates.