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Yesterday, I posted an article that appeared in the New York Times. It was about the terrible conditions of many commercial chicken factories.
We were stopped at one of the rest stops along the I5 highway and the driver of this truck stopped as well. Check out his load.
Click on the picture to enlarge it and you can see these meat birds don’t look healthy. Think of the stress for the birds when they are taken off to slaughter.
Some of them have mangled legs. Compare this picture with the next one.
When we raise meat birds here in the Valley, they have access to a fenced in yard so they can get outside in the sunshine and fresh air.
When we slaughter a chicken, it is gently picked up and carried to the chopping block. There’s usually some petting going on as we’re holding them. When they die, they have had no pressure or stress beforehand. Think about how much better our chickens must taste, compared to the ones jammed in crates, exposed to the weather for hours and then getting whacked.
It seems cruel to me to transport crates of tightly packed birds off to slaughter. I think chickens deserve more respect than that. Don’t you?
I mentioned that there were a couple really good comments about yesterday’s post. Here they are.
We’ve kept laying hens since 1997 and I’ve purchased eggs once since then. I cracked one egg, a gross mess of pale yolk and runny white. I had forgotten how disgusting they are after nearly a decade of not seeing them. I threw the eggs in the trash and didn’t bake cookies that day.
The humane vs animal cruelty issue is the other reason we don’t buy or eat factory eggs. We don’t have them here, not in restaurants, not in store-bought baking. I never want to look at pictures or videos of tortured birds and know that it’s my fault.
Keeping hens is simple and doesn’t require a lot of room. My four silkie hens produce enough eggs for two people and treats for the dogs. The seven full-sized birds provide eggs for extra things like potato and egg salad, boiled eggs in summer salad, baking and friends.
Egg factories should be closed. There’s no excuse for such monstrosities. I do understand the ramifications of not having factory eggs for restaurants, industrial baking, etc. Our diets would improve greatly. Nobody dies because they can’t eat an egg from a tortured bird.
And then Kari commented:
I can’t even imagine how many barns or how much land is used to house 4.5 million chickens.
Joel Salatin says, get a hen or two, and keep her in the house. It is no different than keeping a parakeet and you get to collect the eggs!
I watched a video the other day about commercial egg processing and it showed how they are cleaned and scrubbed with “a mild detergent”, then they are “disinfected with chlorine or ammonia” and finally they are polished with mineral oil to reseal the pores of the egg.
It is frightening to think how much chlorine or ammonia sneaks into the eggs. Not to mention the deplorable conditions that the hens are kept in for their short miserable lives.
Thanks for sharing the information. The more you know, the closer to home you want to get your food.
People could shut down the factories in a very short period of time by refusing to buy the good.
Thanks for your comments – the more we get the information out to people the better.