Free range chickens, doing what they oughta in an apple orchard
At last, SOMEONE is prepared to take on a very distasteful subject – the insidious and horrific practice of intensive animal rearing – and specifically, just how cheap chicken meat is produced.
Courageous, because this man has made himself VERY unpopular with certain sectors of superstore-dom, and the producers themselves.
For a long time, one of my heroes has been Hugh
Fearnley-Whittingstall. I was hooked from the first episode of “River
Cottage” – the story of his experiment in self sufficiency, and now his latest
venture, an experimental comparison between free range and intensive chicken rearing, is guaranteed to have me glued to the TV for each of the other two,
hour long programmes (Programme 1 was on this evening).
I have long refused to have anything to do with battery
farmed chickens (we did have two free range organic chickens for Christmas
lunch, though for 20 years we were vegetarian – another “another story”!) or
intensively reared anything else. Even for slight meat eaters – (and in my
case, very slight), the welfare of the animals is paramount. I can still
not understand why the banning of fox hunting engaged the UK Parliament for so
long when these disgraceful practices are still allowed to continue.
Read more about the new programme Chicken Run here – and share your thoughts with me on how you feel animals should be/are treated in the food industry.
Me? I'm on my way back to almost-vegetarian. Almost because there maybe a shellfish or two - but for the rest, you can keep it. The price is just too high.