If most of us thought about the conditions in which chickens used for meat and eggs are raised and slaughtered, we'd become vegetarians on the spot.
Egg-laying chickens can be raised in cages with 6 chickens to a cage. To top it off, each chicken is getting only 67 square inches of space for its lifetime.
Crowded space in there, huh?
Unless they're certified and labeled as being free-range or organic or natural, they might have been fed growth hormones to get them to slaughter faster.
Next the small chicken are given loads of antibiotics to combat the diseases which come from being raised in cramped and less-than-clean conditions.
Do you even get close to knowing what the recommendations for cleaning up after touching poultry is?
I bet you don't...
It's recommended to clean surfaces with bleach to remove bacteria, and to wash your hands thoroughly after touching a chicken.
Do you really want to put something into your body that requires bleach to clean up after? Something that needs to be cooked to specific temperatures to be sure you've destroyed any bacteria that could make you sick?
Chicken and turkey have become so mass-produced and injected with antibiotics and hormones that there's no taste to it anymore. Not only that, what about the health aspect of eating it?
Scary I'd say, so why bother? Even the most humanely treated chicken has been stunned in a salt-water brine before being beheaded.
In John Robbins excellent book and video, Diet for a Small Planet, he shows us pictures of chicken being grabbed in groups by the neck and thrown into cages.
Can you really consider eating a chicken with that vision in your head?
Any means of mass-producing animals for human consumption is by its very nature unhealthy and cruel for the animals. Not to mention that it's severely grouse, and unhealthy for humans as well.
Even if you're of the opinion that man is a natural hunter, then consider this:
How natural is it to eat an animal that's been raised in captivity and fed a diet of hormones and antibiotics?
And how do you think that all the antibiotics and the extra added acids and toxics in that meat, from that treatment, is going to treat your health?
Is it good for you? Is it good for the animals? No, it isn't, and its degenerating both your health and your mental abilities along the way.
Think about that the next time you put that kind of a dish into your mouth...
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