Food Project Proposes Matrix-Style Vertical Headless Chicken Farms (Underwire)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Architecture student André Ford has proposed a new system for the mass production of chickens that removes the birds’ cerebral cortex so that they don’t experience the horrors of being packed together tightly in vertical farms.

    Each year, the United Kingdom raises and kills around 800 million broiler chickens for their meat. These creatures are grown in vast sheds with no natural light over the course of six to seven weeks. They are bred to grow particularly quickly and often die because their hearts and lungs cannot keep up with their body’s rapid growth.

    Philosopher Paul Thompson from Purdue University has suggested “The Blind Chicken Solution.” He argues that chickens blinded by “accident” have been developed into a strain of laboratory chickens that don’t mind being crowded together as much as normal chickens do. As a result, he argues, we should consider using blind chickens in food production as a solution to the problem of overcrowding in the poultry industry. He argues that it would be more humane to have blind chickens than ones that can see.

    But Ford goes a step further and proposes a “Headless Chicken Solution.” This would involve removing the cerebral cortex of the chicken to inhibit its sensory perceptions so that it could be produced in more densely packed conditions without the associated distress. The brain stem for the chicken would be kept intact so that the homeostatic functions continue to operate, allowing it to grow.

    Ford proposes this solution for two reasons: To meet the rising demand for meat, particularly poultry, and to improve the welfare of the chickens by desensitizing them to the unpleasant reality of their existence.

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    I think I threw up a little.
     
  2. YWD67

    YWD67 YOUR WATCH DOG 67 Established Member

    Been there done that 70 years ago.
    It looks ugly as shit. Who really cares as long as it taste good?

    [video=youtube;ATz3AdbjyRI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATz3AdbjyRI[/video]
     
  3. YWD67

    YWD67 YOUR WATCH DOG 67 Established Member

    If one needs more proof that this has been done before, here goes.
    [video=youtube;LqDjRCHyjTY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqDjRCHyjTY&feature=related[/video]

    Someone has watched to many Believe It Or Not shows.
     
  4. HelenaP

    HelenaP go luath.. céanna go luat Established Member Contributor

    I'm one hundred percent positive that I did...
     
  5. Signa

    Signa COCK ROCKET!!! Established Member

    I like this idea since it almost removes the abuse argument. The meat industry has a lot of awful abuse problems, but since we all need it, I'm forced to give them a pass. It's not like food animals had an awesome life of freedom before the abuse, so hell is all they know. If they don't need to know anything about hell and just be a beating heart for a few weeks, then it's less of a loss for each life ended so we can eat.
     

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