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New Way to Help Chickens Cross to Other Side
Two premium chicken producers, Bell & Evans in Pennsylvania and Mary’s Chickens in California, are preparing to switch to a system of killing their birds that they consider more humane. The new system uses carbon dioxide gas to gently render the birds unconscious before they are hung by their feet to have their throats slit, sparing them the potential suffering associated with conventional slaught
Source: New York Times
Posted on: Monday, Oct 25, 2010, 7:38am
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Washington University
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 8:00 pm CDT

When I sac mice in a CO2 chamber, I wouldnt exactly call it a stress-free termination for me or the mice!  They are jumping around the cage heaving to get more air into their lungs only to have it flooded with poison and eventually croak with their eyes bulging out of their skulls!  Again, I wouldnt call this humane or stress-free!



Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 9:17 pm CDT

I think the idea is that it's MORE humane than the previous method. I don't know how true that is though.



Will
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 9:39 pm CDT

This is bordering on a tasteless joke in the headline.  I don't like it when journalists in newspapers feel the need to do this!



JanedeLartigue
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 9:40 pm CDT

Often the joke in the headline has nothing to do with the actual content of the article as well which is damned annoying.



Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 9:41 pm CDT

Yeah, but it's a theme we keep seeing pop up on here!



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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 11:29 pm CDT

Look, a chicken has no idea what is about to happen when you grab his neck and do a quick slash!  It takes seconds!  In a CO2, they are slowly dying by suffocation



Nikkilina
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 11:31 pm CDT

Thanks for the image.


I guess that's true. But can other chickens see one being killed? If so, then there could be some sort of scare factor as if a predator is around.



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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 11:36 pm CDT

DO you really think chickens can process the image of the death of another?  Or do you mean chicken phermones that signal danger?



Nikkilina
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Sun, Oct 31, 2010, 11:41 pm CDT

Probably phermones. I wonder if it signals that there's a problem and puts them into a sort of panic that makes the whole process extremely stressful.


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