21 June 2006
Chickens should live for years and years
At a vegetarian dinner table on Sunday evening, a friend was telling me about Tok the chicken who shared her childhood with her. Tok lived for 9 years.
Tok and her siblings were incubated by a mother duck, along with her duckling eggs. When they had all hatched out, mother duck took her youngsters out to swim and her imprinted chickens waddled along too. Needless to say they all drowned ... except Tok, who was rescued and raised by Tania and her sister.
They communicated with Tok, they dressed her up and took her along to visit friends and family. Tok lived a very fulfilled life.
Today, broilers, as we call chickens "raised" for meat, live an average of 6 to 9 weeks in cramped quarters with about 20 000 to 50 000 others.
We subject 46 billion such chickens to this torture, every year. Read more ...
What are we doing to ourselves?