Evan Robinson may have been wrong in stating that meat chickens are raised in cages (‘Barn raised’, Express, September 13) but he is right in saying that they live wretched lives.
Most ‘‘broilers’’ are housed in large, windowless sheds that hold up to 40,000 birds. As the birds grow the sheds become increasingly overcrowded. The ammonia laden air burns their eyes. The cruelest thing of all, however, is that, for nothing but profit, broiler chickens have been bred to balloon to adult size in just six weeks.
Clearly there is no such thing as ‘‘normal’’ chicken because all broilers – including free-range – are abnormally bred.