Now Being Served: Zombie Chicken
In a perfect world, chickens would roam free, and people would only kill what was necessary. They would not be stuffed inside buildings so tightly that not only did they not have room to move but also were piled on top of one another. Alas, the world is not perfect by any means, and people love chicken.
A new idea has been put forth by architecture student André Ford to help with a more humane approach to farming chickens. His idea is that the chickens will have their frontal cortexes severed, and then they will be placed in vertical racks. There is no doubt that this would be more efficient by cutting costs and eliminating space, but is this ethical?
There are obviously yes and no points to both sides. For one, the chickens would have no idea what is happening; whereas, in factory farms they are suffering. Dvice compares doing this to chickens to what happens to humans in ” The Matrix” without the fun dream world, and the machines did not cut off the human’s feet.
It is true what the article stated, that even though the chickens would not be experiencing a better alternate reality, no reality is better than that of a chicken factory. Even though this seems incredibly cruel and disturbing, it is very true that what chickens have to go through now is the same thing.
It may be incredibly harsh to say, but the chickens being raised in these factories are going to die anyway. If there is a way to cut down on energy costs and cut back on the space that is needed to raise chickens for slaughter, this seems like it would be it. The idea is very controversial, especially when pictures are shown of the chickens being hooked up to what seems like ventilator machines.
Comments on various sites have come down on both sides supporting one or the other for various reasons. Some believe chicken factories are horrible, and this would not only be more humane but help with the environment. Some have even stated that even though chickens are not one of the smartest species on the planets, they should not be put through either situation.
Personally, chicken is a great meat; but it is undeniable that chicken factories put chickens through an unnecessary torture before eventually killing them. While this seems incredibly creepy, as long as the chickens are not being pumped with chemicals, it might actually end up helping the environment. One thing is true; chicken factories are not going away so it might make sense to make them less of a hindrance to the planet.
What does anyone else think?