This morning, I saw an announcement that my local library was going to be having a special event for kids to celebrate “National Chicken Month.”
“Sure, there’s bound to be some hypocrisy in celebrating the lives of animals that most people eat,” I thought, “but hey, it’s still kind of cool. It’ll raise some awareness, right?”
Turns out that National Chicken Month comes to us courtesy of The National Chicken Council and US Poultry and Egg Association. Sadly, the group says that in the past “the campaign has helped increase chicken sales by more than 50 percent1 in September.”
Fortunately, the HSUS has a press release speaking out against National Chicken Month. They suggest alternate ways to celebrate this industry-created month, like writing to Trader Joe’s to ask them to stop selling eggs from cage-confined birds or signing a petition to help give birds equal protection under the Humane Slaughter Act.
1 Isn’t it pretty evil that ThePoultrySite.com has pictures of cute little chicks when they refer to “broilers” and “layers”2 as types of birds? There’s something wrong with classifying an animal based solely on how we use them.
2 This site says that in a layer house, “[s]ince the [chickens’] manure is often stored for long periods of time, farmers only empty the manure storage a few times a year.” That’s kind of gross.