A recent story came out of Florida where, on May 3 of this year, a landscaper who was mowing lawns on behalf of a company came across a mother duck and her 11 ducklings and deliberately ran over nine of her babies with the lawnmower leaving their body parts, “scattered all over the lawn.” He was charged with nine counts of animal cruelty and is currently in jail on $27,000 bail.
At least two residents ran out to stop him and naturally they were shaken by what they had seen. One resident was interviewed in what looked like her backyard, visibly upset by what she had witnessed. As she sat in a chair recounting to the reporter what had happened, I couldn’t help but notice the stainless steel barbeque prominently displayed in the background. Here was a woman who actively tried to prevent cruelty and bloodshed and was horrified by the landscaper’s senseless actions. Yet I wondered: if she found out that millions of baby male chicks are killed in a similar way every year by a large grinding blade in a high-pressured macerator all because they are male and lack the capacity to breed, would she react the same way? More to the point, would she actively do something to prevent it by refusing to eat chicken? Continue reading