The below letter refers to an article in the Wall Street Journal
(March 29) about how upscale "Marth Stewart" types, following her
example, are buying chickens from McMurray's catalog and other mail
order hatcheries (through the mail), building fancy housing for the
chickens, hatching them, then frequently abandoning the birds after
the fad wears off, the same way people bought, fawned over, and
trashed pot-bellied pigs a few years ago.
Wall Street Journal
April 9 2002
Chicks With Brains
Regarding "The Chicken Coup" by Pooja Bhatia, Weekend Journal, March
26: Contrary to an opinion quoted in this article, chickens have
considerable brains, but people for whom animals are mere gadgets and
toys aren't interested in the cognitive complexity of their trendy
pets. No wonder we have a pet overpopulation problem in this country.
It isn't only dogs and cats who are bought like toys, then discarded
when the amusement wears off. The message of this article is that
it's cool to be morally casual and irresponsible toward creatures
whose dilemma we create.
United Poultry Concerns Inc.
United Poultry Concerns, Inc.|
PO Box 150
Machipongo, VA 23405-0150
(UPC Letter in WSJ: Chickens With Brains)