The other day, I posted an article that appeared in the New York Times. It was about the terrible conditions of many commercial chicken factories.
Here are a few pictures I took when we were driving home from Southern California a couple of years ago. Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. Click on the pictures to see close up the conditions of your meat when it is being taken to the kill farm.
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?
If you are new to raising meat birds, you can read all of our posts about it. We have included the slaughter and processing of meat birds as well.