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Letter From Jenny Moxham as Published on Canberra Times
October 24, 2018

As we celebrate National Bird Week (October 22-28) please spare a thought for the millions of Australian birds who never get to enjoy–even glimpse–the beautiful world in which they live. They are never permitted to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air.

Their lives are short and painful and their deaths are brutal and terrifying. I'm referring, of course, to the millions of birds reared in Australia each year for their flesh and eggs. The 551 million "broiler" chickens, the 9 million "battery" hens and the 12 million "useless" male chicks who are minced up alive on day one of their lives.

Each year, worldwide, more than 50 billion chickens are condemned to this life of severe deprivation inside grim, cramped sheds, turning into a joke our expression "as free as a bird'. Jenny Moxham, Monbulk, Victoria

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