I thought about that a lot when I read this article Conspiracies Don't Kill Birds. People, However, Do. The author laments the 5,000 blackbirds that died a mysterious death. There is despair over habitat loss, pesticides, the hunting done by feral cats, death by vehicles, window glass, power lines, pollution, poisons, etc. "That means that on average, 13.7 million birds die in this country every day."
But sadly lacking in this figure are the 9 to 10 billion birds callously classified as "poultry." And by naming these birds as such they disappear from our sphere of consideration. When people eat "breasts", or "legs" or "wings", the living being is forgotten as is the en mass brutalization of them. More than 250 of them every second!
Each valued their lives. All wanted to live. None of these deaths are in any way "necessary" to human survival. No thoughtful person would say they only ate "a little" cardinal, or sparrow, or robin... So I suggest a close examination as to why they think it's okay to eat only "a little chicken." I did. And I believe I am a more consistent and kind person for it...
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