Friday, April 18, 2008

Shoppers turn to better-reared poultry

Thanks to a huge rise in activism on behalf of battery hens, people are turning to free-range chicken. This article highlights the plight of a poor hen whose epilogue goes "... first they confined me in a darkened cage, with no room to move, fed me chemicals and then they killed me, plucked and gutted me, all for £1.99! Was life worth living?"

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Jean said...

I think people are becoming more aware now with Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall generating all the publicity. The French have a "Label Rouge" which is not organic but is good practice farming: then chickens are free-range (although in at night); fed a non-GM diet (although that's not allowed to go on any French food label!); and killed after a specified number of days. In other words non-industrial. They are more expensive but it's a much better life for the bird. I hate buying chicken in the UK. SO cheap but SO tasteless!

Polly Peirce said...

Generally speaking we eat only free-range at home.

Unfortunately there are times when sheer necessity leads us to sin! The difference in flavour is so noticeable...