“Let Them Eat Chicken,” Audubon
“I find this article very insensitive to the chickens.”
– Karen Davis, Audubon, Winter 2016, p. 11.
Photo: Bryan Meltz
A response to “Let Them Eat Chicken,” Audubon, Fall
“Dozens of Bald Eagles are flocking to an organic farm in Georgia
each winter to dine on an all-you-can-eat buffet of pasture-raised
chicken. What’s a sustainable farmer to do?”
There is nothing natural about a wide-open expanse of land for chickens
– they evolved in the tropical rainforest and, despite all the
problems our species has bred into them physically, their
“wild” nature is intact. Let a fox or a hawk appear and they
put up a huge commotion and rush under the trees and bushes. Looking at
these photographs, there is no way a hen (especially these rather
heavy-bodied brown hens) could escape an overhead predator fast enough in
all that open space.
I find this article very insensitive to the chickens and what they’re
experiencing as a result of the situation they have been forced into by
their keepers. Where are the trees and bushes? These are essential elements
for chickens and the environment they need to thrive.
KAREN DAVIS, President
United Poultry Concerns