The Bird We Call Chicken

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Who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It has eyes, nose holes, feet, ears and more! I happen to have chickens and have seen their ears. Right behind their eyes there are tiny feathers that when pulled back slightly reveal a ‘hole’! So their ears are protected by God-given ear muffs! Unlike hairy animals it has feathers. It’s different. But different doesn’t mean ‘less’ than other animals. Just as people are different from one another..not ‘less’ than one another. There is too much looking down on or fear of what is different.

Notice the photo of the mother hen and her babies. I’ve had hens that hatched baby chicks and the photo is very precise. When I try to pick up a chick, the babies see my hand reaching and they run to the safety of their mother and peek out. The mother clucks as well for the babies to return to her. You’ll notice under her left wing a chick. You can only see the feet. The baby is probably extra scared. Only the inquisitive ones peek out though they are still frightened.

Chickens who are commercially raised for eggs and for people to eat live a life of misery. Usually never seeing grass. Always in a cage their entire life and then to be killed. So first misery, then frightened as they are being killed or perhaps watching others being killed. Remember the photo? They do feel scared and they do love. As noted above: who said that a chicken is less than other animals? It should be no easier to eat a chicken than it does to eat a cow. And actually it shouldn’t be easy to eat any animal. Unfortunately, eating animals has been taught from generation to generation, but we can now stop the cycle, as individuals.

As far as buying ‘free range’ eggs. Take a look at free range:

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For buying eggs try to find a local farm who lets their chickens roam free on plenty of grass. Or look into a local co-op or health food store and find out about where they get their eggs. I like The Happy Egg Company. Look them up on Youtube. If you eat eggs, that is the company I recommend at the moment. They cost more, but my peace of mind is worth the price. Also consider that cutting down on eating eggs and chickens can save many of their lives. That’s because the more we eat them, the more that end up in miserable conditions I’ve mentioned above. It just takes a little educating ourselves about these issues. Look into different types of Vegetarians and look into Vegan as well.  If you can work toward any of them then it’s a kind thing to do for animals and yourself as well. Kind Food, Kind You.

 

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