The Cruelty Right Under Our Noses, Because We Don’t Care Anyway.

V Kind

I hadn’t eaten since lunch time, so when it got to 1am I was feeling the need to go raid the kitchen to see what I could find. I opened the fridge and my eyes settled on a box of newly purchased eggs (I’m vegan, but not the only person living in my house), and even if I wasn’t vegan, I don’t think I could have missed the words: “Eggs from caged hens”

Battery hens.

Birds condemned to live in cramped, dingy cages, with their allocated space being even smaller than a standard sheet of paper. Their entire lives, until they’re spent, and slaughtered as a “thank you” for their service.

No sunlit retirement, no dust baths, no digging in the earth.

No kind words as they slip into the night.

This is the reality for 95 percent of commercial hens, including “cage free”, unless they’re boys, in which case…

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6 thoughts on “The Cruelty Right Under Our Noses, Because We Don’t Care Anyway.

  1. I am incredibly impressed with Natasha Sainsbury’s blog, V Kind.
    I promote my blog, Armory of the Revolution all over Dodge. I regularly post my blog articles to one hundred or so groups and pages. I have published almost 2000 articles on the Armory.
    Tasha has published 13!
    Yet she has almost as many Followers as I have! Wow!
    I need to change my writing style or have her write for me.

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  2. Everything about factory farming is ugly, as so well documented in Tasha Sainsbury’s post.

    But chicken/egg production methods have the potential to cause even more suffering than the usual day-to-day misery. I speak of the fate of the chickens (and ducks and turkeys) when bird flu breaks out.

    Chicken and poultry farms, as noted above, are overcrowded. The birds are imprisoned in concentration-like warehouses that are bleak, dark, and reeking with ammonia fumes. The birds are crammed into cages without enough room to spread their wings. Since such confinement causes boredom and stress, the birds tend to peck at themselves and each other. To avoid injuries, part of the birds’ beaks are burned off, without anesthesia, making eating and drinking more difficult. Cages are stacked in layers, with a trench at the bottom for waste, leaving the birds in the lower levels spattered with manure from above.

    Birds used for meat, “broiler chickens,” have been bred to grow too fast and too large. The lives of laying hens are manipulated to produce more eggs. Some believe that manipulating the birds tends to lower their immunity. Bad treatment, along with the unhealthy environment, leave many birds sick, debilitated, and injured. Thus, the conditions in factory farms make a perfect breeding ground for pathogens, or as one observer noted, “Industrial farms are super-incubators for viruses.”

    When bird flu strikes and threatens human beings or the economy, birds are taken to whole new levels of abuse and suffering. They are killed by the millions without euthanasia. As the number of birds to be killed increases, the more inhumane the methods become, and authorities recommend hiding the whole process from the public.

    For example, in Iowa records indicate that 31 million chickens were “culled” in the 2015 flu outbreak. While the USDA recommends carbon dioxide for euthanasia, many of the birds were suffocated by fire extinguisher foam. That method is used especially often for turkeys and other birds who are not crammed in cages. They are herded to one area of the barn and covered with foam, which is released until it is at least 10 inches above the birds’ heads. Some observers say that death does not occur until 3-7 minutes after the suffocation begins and declare it is not a humane death.

    When the Newcastle virus struck in California in 2002, it was discovered that chickens at the big Ward egg ranch were executed by throwing them into a wood chipper. (Please see NOTE at end, indicating that this practice is more widespread in the US.)

    The death awaiting birds in Asia was even worse.

    During a recent outbreak of “bird flu” in South Korea, over 20 million birds were “culled.” According to Mercy for Animals, 100,000 animals were buried alive daily.

    In Bali, Indonesia, thousands of chickens were burned alive. According to one source, it was an old-fashioned ritual holocaust that was meant to vanquish the evil spirits who caused the flu, 2/11/04). (Unfortunately the panic led to rounding up and burning of captive parrots and cockatoos, as well.)

    In China, there were so many chicks to destroy that they were killed by dumping them it boiling water. On one farm alone, 30,000 chicks a day were boiled to death. The photos below were taken at a poultry farm in Qingyuan city, in Guangdong province, south-east China.

    News reports, sometimes with the mass grave or the death pyre in the background, were done with the matter-of-fact tone that sounded like numbers being read off for Dow-Jones or NASDQ. Often the main concern discussed was a possible shortage of eggs or fear over rising egg and meat prices or worry that there would not be enough turkeys for Thanksgiving or job loss for slaughterhouse workers. The total disconnect between all the lives coming to a horrible end and the mundane concerns over diet and pocketbooks was jarring.

    The numbers of deaths were so staggering in their millions that the victims dissolved into a blur. Sometimes, an individual case better expressed the tragedy. As one report was being aired, the cameraman captured a big, beautiful white Embden goose standing in a plastic garbage can where he had been deposited. He would wait there alone until one of the lumbering trucks stopped, and he would be tossed in with the hundreds of other victims on their way to their final destination. Neither that goose nor any of the other doomed birds hauled away like garbage were guilty of anything. They were destroyed by the human beings who caused the plague but sought to escape it themselves. The birds paid for human greed and diet choices with miserable lives and worse deaths.

    But karma could come. The squalid concentration camps known as factory farms are incubators of disease. As such, they are also time bombs. Someday a pathogen more virulent than all its predecessors could emerge from the sickly, overcrowded birds and surge through the planet. When it does, birds will not be the only victims.

    NOTE: “Ward egg ranch manager Ken Iryie told the San Diego County Department of Animal Services that “chipping” chickens is a common practice. It isn’t just a “disease-control emergency” procedure, but a way to dispose of the 22 million to 25 million spent hens in the US each year not purchased by the government for its National School Lunch Program and other meal programs. This is in addition to being packed in containers, bulldozed, suffocated to death in dumpsters, and gassed with CO2.”
    https://www.upc-online.org/spring04/woodchipper.htm

    [https://www.safe.org.nz]
    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2005/10/to_cull_a_mockingbird
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/french-authorities-gas-thousands-of-ducks-bird-flu-outbreak-cull-birds-france-h5n8-virus
    http://www.drmartinwilliams.com/h5n1-poultry-flu-and-migratory-birds/captive-birds-burned-in-indonesian-h5n1-areas.html
    https://www.upc-online.org/avma/21304cuttler.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3465125.stm
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cheri-shankar/ugly-death-for-chickens_b_133150.html
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-charges-will-not-be-pressed-in-chicken-chippin...
    http://articles.latimes.com/2003/nov/22/local/me-chipper22
    https://www.upc-online.org/avma/21304cuttler.htm
    https://www.upc-online.org/spring04/woodchipper.htm
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3465125.stm
    https://www.documentingreality.com/…/bird-flu-chickens-burned-death-caution-24978/
    https://www.documentingreality.com/forum/f10/bird-flu-chickens-burned-death-caution-24978/
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320731/China-boils-baby-chickens-alive-country-engulfed-panic-continuing-outbreak-new-strain-bird-flu.html#ixzz4oLsIrZo6

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  3. This superb post with its graphics exposes the evils of the egg industry and sends a strong message about ethics and animal rights: VEGETARIANISM IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    (I have information/report on the hard drive over the consequences of bird flu on chickens. Will add as a second thought to cover more abuse from factory farming.)

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