Farm animals are indefensibly excluded from the Animal Welfare Act.
Research is constantly striving to produce more, bigger, faster -- with little regard for the pain it causes.
Most chickens raised for eating are bred to grow so huge, so quickly, that they can barely stand up. Many collapse under their own weight and spend much of their lives lying in their own waste, with open sores and wounds.
It doesn't have to be this way. More-humane alternatives are available. If we are to live up to the ideal of a humane society, Congress must close the legal loopholes that allow such abject suffering.