Foul fowl … enough to make me a Vegan !
Where I live, in North Carolina, this is a common sight and it never fails to turn my stomach ! In case you can’t make it out (I was in slow traffic when I snapped this and it’s not too clear) it is a full truck-load of filthy dirty cages that are packed to the gills with live chickens.
Chickens are transported to the slaughterhouse in crates stacked on the back of trucks, like this one, and they aren’t protected at all from weather conditions. You can actually see them gasping for air in the oppressive summer heat. Just the smell alone, as you pass one of these huge trucks in traffic, is enough to make me gag. Many of the chickens die before they reach their destination and perhaps that is a blessing.
As I understand it, when the truck arrives at the slaughterhouse the crates are picked up by a crane and the chickens are dumped on to a conveyor belt. Then they are “stunned” and hung up before being processed.
If it weren’t for free-range chickens I would never eat poultry again. Just compare this picture with the first one …
Look how happy they are ! Although these chickens are destined to grace our tables at least they are content beforehand and allowed to run free. But I must remember that “free range” does not guarantee quality. It’s best to know your supplier and to make sure that it’s organic as well.