Chicken Torture

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Chicken Torture – 1 June 2007

One of the most mistreated of all so-called “food animals” is the chicken. Not only are billions of chickens physically exploited in the most horrific ways, they are used as the target of some of the most hard-hearted of “jokes.”

I was reading about the shameless cruelty that was going on for years at Kansas State University’s basketball games: throwing hens, painted in the school colors, 30 feet from the stands onto the basketball court and kicking them to death. And until recently a Sports Illustrated website not only instructed students on how to conduct a “chicken toss,” but also encouraged this as one of the “Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate.” (It was taken off their website only after United Poultry Concerns requested its removal.)

Yet look at how lovingly Jesus speaks of the hen and her chicks in Matthew 23:37-39 (also Luke 13:34-35). If He is not ashamed to compare Himself to a chicken in such a positive way, why do so many people trash them?

37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

38 "Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

39 "For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' "
~ New American Standard Bible

See also:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/chicken.html
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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