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Friday, October 22, 2010

How Em Cs it: a more humane way to kill chickens?

Today the New York Times published a piece: New Way to Help Chickens Cross to Other Side.

It talks about two companies, Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania and Mary’s Chickens in California, that are going to start gassing their chickens before they hang them upside down and slit their throats.

The article is great, and I encourage EVERYONE to read it. There were definitely some elements that stood out for me. So, to channel the gal we love to hate, here's how Em Cs it:

Excerpt: The owner of Bell & Evans says that marketing a humane death is going to be difficult because people don't want to think about how their food is killed.

How Em Cs it: It is about time people start thinking about and recogizing where our food comes from. Not only would we start eating less meat, but we would also start buying from places that go the extra mile to treat their animals better.

Excerpt: Temple Grandin said, “Birds don’t like being hung upside down...They get really stressed out by that.”

How Em Cs it: Ya think?

Excerpt: A National Chicken Council spokesperson said that the chickens "...are shackled and they typically stay there quietly.”

How Em Cs it: I find that very hard to believe. Besides the fact that we have read and seen countless documentation of suffering chickens during and before slaughter, how does the National Chiken Council explain broken wings and bruisng?

You can read the entire article here.

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