Poor little chickens

Animal cruelty

Animal cruelty

Fowl fed vegetarian diets suffer.

Many of the largest U.S. sellers of organic eggs boast that their hens are vegetarian, and for an increasingly food-curious public, this may be great advertising. . . .

Yet for the chickens, who are natural omnivores that readily devour bugs and small animals when they’re available, the forced vegetarianism can be a disaster.

Chickens on an unsupplemented vegetarian diet typically fall short of an essential protein-based amino acid known as methionine, and without it, they fall ill. Worse, the birds will also turn on each other, seeking nutrients by pecking at each other, and these incidents can escalate into a henhouse bloodbath, farmers say.

“They’re really like little raptors – they want meat,” said Blake Alexandre, the owner of a 30,000 chicken operation in far northern California that keeps its birds on pasture. “The idea that they ought to be vegetarians is ridiculous.”

“This is one of those problems caused by the fact that most Americans are so far removed from their food supply,” said Tracy Favre, a farmer and organic inspector who serves on the federal advisory board for organic products. “When I see eggs in the supermarket being advertised as vegetarian this and that, I cringe.”

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  1. WinAir Co

    See the same little Raptors pecking the beaks of their Range Rovers into each other @ Whole Foods parking lot.

  2. uminn65

    Once it becomes possible to genetically engineer humans to thrive on a vegan diet, the heads of all committed leftists will explode with the dilemma. Oh, the glory.

  3. Anonymous

    This is why I buy pasture-raised eggs. The amount of additional nutritional content in yolks of eggs produced by hens that run around eating tons of bugs in sunglight is vastly different from feed-fed hens who sit in cages. Compare the dark yellow, firm yolk of pasture-raised eggs to a regular egg — the difference is palpable.

  4. Al Dente

    A normal person eats his vegan lunch in the company break room and pays no attention to co-workers who munch on cheeseburgers and chicken wings.

    The liberal vegan files a lawsuit, and with PETA’s support wins a judgement banning all meat from the building. He celebrates by eating lunch alone everyday, smirking, for the rest of his miserable life Everyone else goes to Hooters.

    The liberal files a sexual-discrimination suit against Hooters for not hiring male servers. Hooters goes bankrupt.

    Liberal utopia!

  5. Anonymous Citizenette

    If it makes the chickens feel any better, we’re all suffering right now…..

  6. Liberals are so anti-science. They think vaccines lead to autism. They think genetically modified food is a danger. They think there is a significant radiation risk in US nuclear power. (Guess how many have died from radiation in the operation of US nuclear power plants? Hint: begins with a “z”). They think that eliminating the US coal burn will meaningfully affect global temperatures.

    There is no support for any of these firmly held liberal beliefs.

  7. which came first, the chicken or the egg?