Animal Welfare........Cash or Concience?
January 11, 2008 12:54pm CST
Britain has just anounced the end of "battery" farmed poultry to be Law within three years. This has not pleased the mass of producers and they state that egg and poultry prices will rise. Knowing that chickens are not allowed more space per bird than the size of an A4 sheet of paper has long been a source of annoyance for me and I really don't care that prices will have to rise, so long as it is not overexploited. How do you feel on this one? On television many people interviewed said they care more about the cost and don't really worry about the chickens. Is cheap food the main priority?
11 Jan 08
I don't by battery eggs. the price difference is so tiny that you'd have to be pretty heartless not to pay the little bit more. while I do get free range chicken, I think it is overpriced at the moment. on the other hand I think it's obscene that any animal can be housed, fed, raised, filled full of chemicals, slaughtered, packaged and transported and then solf for £2.50 and still make a profit. I think that as people start to buy more free range meat, this will be reflected in the price coming down, as with eggs.
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12 Jan 08
I would hope that you are correct Galena. It does surprise and disappoint though that many people really do see animals as nothing more than food products, even in "animal loving" Britain. Perhaps we are seeing how our capacity for humanity is governed by our own living standards and contentment. e.g. The Eastern hemisphere is largely thought of as less caring of animal welfare (or even survival), whereas affluence is more evident in the Western hemisphere.
11 Jan 08
I would much rather pay a bit more to know that the animal I'm eating hasn't suffered. In fact I already do with organic produce. I think it's a no brainer that this should have been brought in as law a long time ago. I'm sincerely saddened that some people care more about paying a tiny bit more than stopping inflicted cruelty.