As a scientist, I fully disagree.
As a scientist, I fully disagree.
A mighty high five to you
yes to this, a thousand times!
You have grossly undersold Outlander. Best books I’ve ever read.
#24 HELL YEAH SPARTY
Outlander, a thousand times yes.
I felt the need to make this in honor of the occasion.
I work with dairy cattle and liase with people in the industry as a researcher, and I can tell you without bias that he’s got his facts (basically) straight and his aversion is in my opinion totally legitimate. When calves or cows are disbudded or dehorned without being sedated or given analgesics and/or pain blocks, it’s pretty brutal, and there’s abundant scientific evidence that the process is highly painful. His request to move to polled genetics is a nice goal for the long term, and in the short term, producers should be using pain control at the very least, as it is a necessary procedure that benefits both cattle and handlers.
I think my original comment disappeared, and because I’m a geek about wanting people to have a clear picture of the animals that provide their food, I’ll repost the gist of what I said earlier: To clarify the chicken part: the author of this article should be careful to not muddy the issues around chicken and livestock production. There are clear animal welfare/environmental/etc. issues that each of the different industries tend to struggle with, and hormone use and really restrictive housing (like cages) are definitely issues in some industries (like cages in layers, gestation crates with sows (pigs), the slowly dwindling use of rBST in dairy cows). BUT: the broiler chicken industry (which provides your nice meat chickens) and the layer industry (whose chickens lay eggs for consumption, though the chickens themselves will end up in soup and stock, etc.) are two different entities. Cages are the de-facto system in the layer industry, but NONE of the chicken (or turkey, etc.) breasts, thighs, wings, etc. were ever raised in cages. Nor is any poultry in North America, that I’m aware of, given hormones or steroids, etc. to promote growth. Not only is there no point, since turkeys and meat chickens grow very rapidly due to breeding choices and rapid feed conversion, but it’s not federally allowed. Sorry to ramble: in summary, there are definitely (legitimate) concerns with meat chickens, but as far as the points made in the article, things like cages and hormones are not part of those problems. Interestingly, I’m not too sure the arsenic thing is really done anymore, but don’t quote me on that bit.
You only have that partially right: broiler chickens (which are the meat chickens…not sure what you’re talking about when you say “regular chicken”) are indeed typically raised together with tens of thousands of other birds. They are typically slaughtered between 6-8 weeks of age, which isavery short time frame. This is because they do grow atavery rapid rate, but the reason is because they have been bred to grow quickly and convert feed to gain (ie meat) very efficiently. No chicken is “given steroids.” Ever. Not only is there no need, but it’s not federally permitted.
“You may have already heard the litany of chicken horrors: the hormones and antibiotics, the hellscapes of cramped cages”… Just to be clear, chickens raised for meat (broiler chickens) and chickens raised to lay eggs are two separate industries, with two largely different sets of issues. Meat chickens are not kept in cages, nor are they ever given hormones. Growth hormone use, and super restrictive housing, are issues that may occur within other animal agriculture sectors, but not so with broiler chickens (there are other issues, of course, just not these).