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Friday, April 30, 2004
“You are what you eat”
If the old saying is true, then watch out for commercially raised chickens!
Commercially raised birds are treated with hormones and drugs used to stimulate their growth, and live in cramped, unsanitary conditions. This is not only cruel treatment of the animals, but it is unhealthy for the feasting carnivore as well. Virtually all chickens raised in the United States today are fed a diet laced with antibiotics from their first day to their last.
The chicken of today does not live in a barnyard, but a "chicken factory". These assembly line chickens do not scratch in the dirt, but live in cages called "batteries." Because they are crammed into these cages like sardines and kept under lights for 23 hours a day, these highly sensitive creatures tend to go berserk. In their madness they are prone to stampedes. Panicking birds sometimes pile on one another and some are smothered to death. The farmer has found that stuffing them into even smaller cages so that they can barely move, makes it harder for them to pile on one another when they panic. In their insanity the chickens tend to peck and cannibalize each other, so the farmer cuts the top part of their beak off to reduce his losses. Since chickens' toes tend to grow around the cage wire where they sit, the toes are cut off as well.
Let me just say that if you must eat chicken, the healthier and more humane way to go is free-range. Free-range chickens are required to have access to outdoors most of the year and space to walk around and peck for food, and their fat contains a healthier spectrum of fatty acids. Their food can contain no antibiotics or stimulants.
Free-range organic is even better than regular free-range because the animals are fed organically from birth. That means no animal-by products. Here you can find out about kosher organic poultry.