Moo-ving people toward compassionate living
From Juliana Groisman - 17 Feb 2003
I am a final year Genetics/Microbiology student at Queen Mary, University of London. I am carrying out my final year project on Food Microbiology.
I am comparing organic and broiler chickens as to bacterial content and antibiotic resistance. My hypothesis is that organic chickens have more bacteria but that the higher antibiotic resistance is present in broiler chickens.
Furthermore, I am testing if there is evidence to support the theory that we could be acquiring resistant bacteria from the use of antibiotics on animals as opposed to the over use of antibiotics in humans and perhaps to establish whether organic chicken is safer than broiler.
In fact, what I have found so far is a higher bacterial load, including Salmonella, in the broiler chickens, even though antibiotics are given and they are not exposed to outside environment.
I am giving a talk on my project next week, for which I am examined on, and I would like to illustrate what kind of conditions the broiler chickens are subjected to, comparing their environment to organic.
I am writing to ask for authorisation to use a couple of pictures from your webpage. This is a small academic presentation where I will explain my project to professors and fellow students.
I would be very thankful if I could use the pictures to introduce the concern over animal welfare, which explain my findings too.
If you would like to contact my supervisor please let me know and I will send the address.
Thank you in advance.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Reply From Frank
You have our permission to use a few of the photos as you described.
Our conclusion is that health risks of eating chickens coupled with the cruelty involved in their "production" is so horrendous that we stopped eating them or their eggs over 15 years ago.
In the Love of the Lord,
Reply From Juliana
Thank you very much for your email.
I have requested information from supermarkets and found that they never show reality as it is. Your site has really shocked me. I really don't think most people realise the way chickens are treated. My grandparents have a farm and I used to collect the eggs myself when I was a kid. That was the beautiful picture of a barn I had always believed in. The reality in mass production is really rather different.
Thank you so much, the pictures will illustrate the conditions the chickens are kept in - and clearly explain my findings.
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