It is not that often that I respond to what I read - - - but did this time.
so here comes more detail - - - - hope you don’t mind.
I was reminded of a video I saw on cbc TV about a month ago. In this video, shot by a person who got themselves hired to a team of employees working at what I think was a broiler chicken enterprise, chickens were being handled poorly to say the least.
I harkened back to my youth in rural Manitoba near Winnipeg.
MY dad and I would place chickens in crates the evening before we would slaughter and prepare up to 40 birds for sale to customers in the city.
Care of each bird was paramount and any impatience was not tolerated by Dad who was quite incapable by nature of animal abuse. Most of the birds were in the 7 pound range and a meat breed so not terribly ‘flighty’. Anyway, I have to say I was disgusted [because of my own first hand experience] with what I saw and believe such larger enterprises that may have to hire temporary labor for the few days [evenings] of the year when a surge of labor is needed should be encouraged to train employees. You tube is a great vehicle to do that. Proper handling of poultry is easy to illustrate and while some stress is inevitable, birds do not have to be grabbed by a limb and thrown around at all.
Another personal experience - - a farmer client when I worked for Manitoba Ag. was in the pregnant mare’s urine business. Activists were dead set against having this business because for a period of a pregnancy [can’t remember how many months out of the 11] mares were in box stalls and had bladders attached to their haunches in order to capture their urine. Without proper care of the harness, sores and discomfort could result.
Also, it was important to provide daily exercise.
Anyway, the activists were invited to engage with producers and to pay visits to farms unannounced.
A bit of a success story [in my opinion] because the chap who drew the assignment finally requested that the investigation be terminated. The industry was populated by horse lovers who just happened to see an economic opportunity from selling horse pee and treated their mares like gold. - - for the most part - - -
So - – those are but 2 examples of the need to be vigilant with animal agriculture.
The actual scale of an enterprise IS an ongoing concern because - - - - - - - we are a rapidly urbanizing society. It’s just not possible to employ a bunch of neighbours for such jobs as crating chickens. It IS possible to educate and regulate though.
My spidey senses sometimes go up though when I conclude [perhaps wrongly, perhaps not] that articles such as the one I read are a smoke screen for veganism or for an anti corporate agenda group.
Always appreciate a response to my comments, even when I am implied to be a troll - – but maybe that does sort of fit - - - - - -
Hope to hear back.
Dave Whitehead, a somewhat polite Canadian,
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
10 hour drive north from Billings Montana, looking out over Jackfish Lake in the midst of a prairie parkland grain harvest.