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The Barbaric Ways In Which We Treat Chickens
March 23, 3015

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries.

  1. An Appalling Fact about the Chicken Industry
  2. Famous Quote: Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer and Nobel laureate (1902–1991)
  3. Craig Watts, the Brave Chicken Farmer
  4. This Week’s Bible Verse: Matthew 11:28
  5. Why Nobody Wants this Job
  6. This Week’s Video: The Sad Lives of Egg-Laying Hens

1. An Appalling Fact about the Chicken Industry

The chicken industry, a $50 billion/year industry that has increased its lobbying budget tenfold since 2006, is sadly all about the money and not at all about the welfare of animals, human health or the state of the environment.
One of the appalling facts about this industry is that the male chicks born from egg-laying hens have no value to the industry. Therefore, about 200 million male chicks --just in the U.S.-- are ground up alive a day after their birth. They are considered a waste product that ends up used as animal feed. This ethical dilemma is prompting many to question the practice and also pushing scientists to come up with solutions to avoid this massacre.

Please visit The short, brutal lives of male chickens.

This ethical dilemma can be easily solved by simply not eating chickens or their eggs, and instead replacing them with delicious and healthy plant-based foods, which are abundant. Mercy and compassion bring many solutions in a profit-driven world, especially when the lives of God’s animals, our health and the health of the environment are at stake.

2. This Week’s Famous Quote

As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.
—Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer and Nobel laureate (1902–1991)

3. Craig Watts, the Brave Chicken Farmer

Many of you remember Craig Watts, the Perdue contract chicken farmer who allowed Compassion in World Farming to document the unnecessary pain, abuse, fear and death that Perdue’s chickens suffered at his North Carolina farm. Now, Watts has teamed up with Fusion to document his full story, where you can read everything documented and even watch videos from inside the chicken farm. It’s important to note that since Watts came forward, he claims to have suffered retaliation from Perdue, and has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Please visit Cock Fight: Meet the Farmer Blowing the Whistle on Bog Chicken and share!

Animal agribusiness only profits those who run the mega-corporations that own it. It’s not good for the farmers, for the animals, for our health or the environment. It’s time to awaken and realize that supporting this industry only brings devastation to all of God’s Creation.

4. This Week’s Bible Verse
(RSV) Matthew 11:28

[Jesus said,] Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Often, advocates for God's creation may feel burdened by the suffering of God's animals and the devastation on Earth. However, aligning our choices with our innermost values allow us to be effective advocates and witnesses of God’s love for all creation. It gives us also a sense of peace because we are doing our best to bring healing and reconciliation to God's creation. 

5. Why Nobody Wants this Job

"Chick-sexers" are on demand, at least in the U.K. The reason is that this job requires the person to determine male from female chicks at egg-hatcheries that provide chicks for egg-laying farms. Sounds easy, right? But, frankly speaking, it is one of the cruelest jobs. The chick-sexer decides who lives and who dies, because male chicks are considered useless to the egg-industry; and therefore, just a few minutes after being born, end up either in a gas chamber where they die suffocating for about 2 minutes or end up being thrown alive in a grinding machine. Not surprisingly, the salary for a chick-sexer in the U.K. is about US$60,000, but companies have a hard time finding people to fill these positions. In the U.S. factory farm workers earn poor-level wages and tend to be undocumented immigrants.

Please visit No One Wants To Do This Job That Kills 6,000 Chicks Per Day.

Eating God’s animals requires us to deaden our sensitivities, emotions and empathy. It’s terribly damaging to us spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically. It’s not trivial to have the lives of animals in our hands.

6. This Week’s Video: The Sad Lives of Egg-Laying Hens

This video [What is Factory Farming - Laying Hens] shows the many reasons why, as stewards of God’s creation, we should not support an industry that is so cruel to God’s animals.

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