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Knitting sweaters for chickens?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I wanted to share this article which may seem funny and a little over the top to some, but it also shows a side of factory farming that we might want to ignore: that birds raised commercially for meat and eggs often do not receive very good care.
Suppliers will only produce what people buy. If we only buy meat from pasture-raised, humanely treated and slaughtered animals, even if we have to eat less of it to afford it, we can shut down the cruelty in much of the livestock industry.
At the same time we will get much healthier food.
So if you like to knit and your children, grandchildren and relatives have enough sweaters, gloves and hats maybe here is your next fun project to raise awareness about mistreated livestock. emoticon

By the way, we will not buy a whole turkey this year but instead have a yummy meal with a turkey leg or two and some ground beef, depending on what our coop has on sale.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAZZID 11/18/2012 2:12PM

    Great blog. Right now I am not eating pastured chicken, turkey, etc., but I will investigate where I can purchase it. I don't drive and I am on a budget, so I may not be 100% but if I can add in more of it I hope it will help.

Thanks for sharing blog. ~ Dee emoticon

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WOUBBIE 11/17/2012 6:13PM

    We're always on a budget, but I was relieved when my DH didn't "squawk" a while back when I mostly switched to buying eggs from humanely treated animals. You're so right about voting with our dollars!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/17/2012 6:08PM

    This I did not know. It was over 100 years ago that Upton Sinclair shone a light on the meatpacking industry resulting in a public outcry. It's even more important today and we have the tools to do it.

I remember a required case study in MBA programs in the 70s about contact lenses on chickens, so they couldn't peck each other in their close confined quarters. The debate was not about humane treatment, but about whether it was cost effective. So very sad!

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ROBYNLN 11/17/2012 4:02PM

    I will be having a pastured turkey, as I have for the past several years. I completely agree on voting w/my dollars. That is the only way things will change. Plus, we need to support our local farmers, else they will go out of business and then we will have NO options! I was concerned my usual supplier wouldn't have enough turkeys this year and didn't know what I would do. There is no way I could go back to ButterBall. Fortunately, my fresh turkey will be delivered on Tuesday! emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/17/2012 4:02:53 PM

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LIFETIMER54 11/17/2012 2:16PM

  Absolutely emoticon

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USMAWIFE 11/17/2012 2:08PM

    I have seen this several times.. They knit sweaters for penguins, chickens, pigs and one place was doing it for ducks

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