In a week where the headlines have been dominated by another terrorist attack, this time in Brussels, I am grateful to The Guardian for making chickens their main front page story today.
I believe the way a society treats its animals and its weaker, more vulnerable members says a great deal about it. It’s been a long slow haul to improve the living conditions of animals raised for food. Just four years ago battery hens were outlawed but that hasn’t seen the end of eggs from caged birds, and determined poultry farmers more concerned about profit than the welfare of the sentient creatures in their care have made the free range label somewhat suspect.
However, it did seem that we were slowly moving in the right direction, maybe at times if only because research showed meat from humanely reared animals is more nutritious.
So today’s headline was a shock:
Farm animal welfare codes to be scrapped