Love the pic, Ollie! Yum!
Here Fishy, I am admittably an agricultural nerd.. ha! I love it ^^ As far as I am concerned large chain grocery stores partner with terrible meat producers giving you the 'free ranges image cause they charge more for it you believing the chicken you are eating has less additives ans a better life when it isn't true!
I feel there are many ways to humanely raise all kinda of meats. Unfortunately, we are not funding the local farmer! They are dwindling away. We import so many foods now when we can successfully, responsibly, and morally raise all meat animals.
Chickens grow so much faster now due to generic breeding. The past 100 years we have sped up their growing process to be fully grown in less than 25 weeks... less than 6 months! We are constantly improving them through selective breeding. As well, we have improved where they are carrying their meat for ultimate production. I mean, I feel the way we are going, we can fund for more research in breeding and nutrition to get the kind of chickens we are now minus all the feed additives... not to mention, chickens are coming in and leaving so fast because they are being processed at about 5 months. If we had 10 'local' chicken farmers in each state raising humanely, producing 200 chickens at a time, each 6 months we could have 2000 chickens per state. Which isn't a lot, but if we keep advancements, we can get chickens to reach sexual maturity in 3 months... 12000 chickens per year... giving the farmers more land and space as well as keeping the chickens safe we can also give the farmers about 20 acres a piece for 500 chickens... 20000 chickens a year... and that is just 10 local farmers!
There is a way to produce animals humanely, just not a way for 5 cent wings anymore! Haha!
As well, dairy raising is becoming much more humane and effective. Like c'mon, it is easy to do, but we love buying cheap chicken, milk, beef, pork, etc that it is major companies that AREN'T farmers but rather corporate companies controlling the industries. So therefore we get that super cheap 'deal' when their conditions are horrendous.
I am all for meat eating, it is a natural part of the world, but I would really like to make conditions better for all captive raised animals. Even the SEA KITTIES! ;)
Kaida- CT Female 2.5 Gal.
Julep- HMPK Male 2.5 Gal.
Fandango-HM Male 10 Gal.