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Letter from Jenny Moxham to the Editor: Chicken photograph contains silent cruelties - 30 Jun 2008

30/6/08
Sydney Morning Herald

Chicken photograph contains silent cruelties

It may be true that chickens produce less greenhouse gas than other animals reared for meat ("Humble chicken the meat-eater's saviour", June 28-29) but what about the cruelty involved?

In the accompanying photograph, thousands of chickens could be seen crammed inside a barren, dim, sunless warehouse. Not evident in the photo is the ammonia-laden air these pitiful birds are forced to breathe day and night. Nor does the photo show the many painfully crippled birds - the result of selectively breeding them to grow at an abnormally fast rate.

Have our senses become so dulled that we no longer care about the suffering of our fellow beings? The best way to reduce greenhouse gases is to stop eating meat altogether. Better for our health, their health and the health of our planet.

Jenny Moxham Monbulk (Vic)

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