|Enewsletter • October 19, 2002|
By Miyun Park
By Erik Marcus
Huzzah! The new animal-care label certifies force-molting & debeaking!
"The egg industry, surrendering to pressure that has been exerted on its biggest customers, is giving its hens a hair more room. Now allotted about 48 square inches of space apiece, hens will eventually get up to 67 square inches in which to squat their lives away before the inevitable conversion into pot pies.
"'We focus on what the customer wants,' said Rex Thorpe, controller for Morning Fresh Farms.
"Still, Morning Fresh, like other egg farmers contacted by the Rocky Mountain News, wouldn't allow a reporter or photographer inside its henhouses. Company officials said they have to keep their birds safe from avian diseases people might carry on the bottoms of their shoes.
"Ken Klippen, a Washington D.C., lobbyist for egg producers, argues that a caged environment is 'more humane' from the standpoint of the chicken's health. Klippen said it was changes by the European Union, which is phasing out chicken cages altogether by 2012, that led the egg producers to modify cage standards in the United States.
"Colorado State University assistant professor of animal science Temple Grandin... said the egg industry is improving, but the new standards are too weak. Grandin said the industry is still held back by old-guard, animals-as-machines views that are standing in the way of more progressive approaches. She said in many cases, hens are still crammed so tight in cages they can't lie down.
"'Some of these people have forgotten a hen is a live animal,' Grandin said. 'This is what happens when people get totally desensitized to suffering.'"
"McDonald's calls it 'McTeacher's Night,' a fund-raiser set up by the fast-food chain that gives 20 percent of the profits for teachers who volunteer three hours behind the counter. While they can always use extra cash for the classroom, some Martin Elementary School teachers believe it's degrading for them and unhealthy for the kids, who are encouraged to bring their families to dine at the Golden Arches."
In the kitchen of Barbara McDonald, with recipes
"[W[hile the smell of barbecued hamburgers wafted over the Safeway parking lot, just across Bay Street hundreds of militant vegetarians had occupied a portion of Fort Mason for the Third Annual World Vegetarian Celebration....
"Across the aisle from PETA the San Francisco Vegetarian Society was giving away small cellophane bags full of soy nuts, the Vegetarian Times had attracted an eager crowd, Vegan Outreach was represented with a table, and the Viva! Campaign for Animals Fighting for Change! offered a vast amount of literature on cruelty in pig farming."
Speaking of Bacterial Contamination: Outdoor Access for Chickens Opposed
"Federal food regulators are concerned about the free-range rule because of the potential for salmonella contamination in eggs. 'We think it could potentially be a significant human health problem,' said Steve Cohen, spokesman for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service."
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