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Controversy swirls around artist's plans for project detailing the life — and death — of chickens

Doug, under no circumstances am I advocating for the slaughter and consumption of any animal. Farm Sanctuary's adopt-an-animal program is a sponsorship where a reoccurring fee is used to care for a rescued farm animal at one of the Farm Sanctuary locations. The donor does not receive the actual animal, but instead receives a picture of the animal and information such as his/her name, age, rescue details, friends at the farm, preferences, etc.

February 19, 2012 at 12:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Controversy swirls around artist's plans for project detailing the life — and death — of chickens

Amber Hansen's attempt to connect the public to their food sources is cruel and misguided. The great majority of chicken meat sold in this country (and many others) is the result of intensive factory-farming that kills billions of chickens each year. Her project does nothing to depict large-scale farming conditions and instead perpetuates the notion that the slaughter of chickens is an inevitable (and "natural") part of their life cycle while billions of people who eschew the consumption of chickens know that such cruelties are easily avoided. If Hansen wishes to connect with her food and encourage others to do so, she should instead promote Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-a-Farm-Animal program (http://www.farmsanctuary.org/get_invo...).

February 18, 2012 at 5:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lions, tigers, bears: no way

Circus pages treats their animals no better than any other circus which uses animals as part of their performance. But even ethics aside, there are health and safety risks associated with live animal performances. You can read a list of USDA citations that have been given to Circus Pages here: http://circuses.com/fact-pages.asp. Here are just some low-lights:

January 5, 1999: The USDA cited Circus Pages for failing to provide adequate veterinary care for the animals. Simba, an exotic cat, had a bleeding lesion on her chin. There was also no record of routine veterinary care such as deworming, vaccination, and tuberculosis tests.

August 27, 1998: The USDA cited Circus Pages for failure to provide shelter for the animals, have records for the camels, and provide adequate veterinary care. The elephants had not been tested for tuberculosis. A lioness was noted to be squinting and holding her eye shut-possibly due to an injury. The USDA inspector stated, "This is a notice that you have had the same violation documented on the last two inspections. You are being given the opportunity to correct these violations. If similar violations are documented on subsequent inspections, all past and future violations may be used as evidence for formal legal action against you."

January 15, 1998: The USDA cited Circus Pages for failure to provide adequate space for the animals. The lion could not stand up in his travel cage, and the elephants' enclosure did not provide enough space. The circus was also cited for failure to provide adequate veterinary care. The elephant Bombi had a chronic draining abscess on her throat. There were no records of veterinary examinations or recommendations for this problem. The lion was noted as being thin and in need of veterinary care. The llama was observed with overgrown lower incisors.

January 10, 1995: The USDA cited the circus for failure to have records of veterinary care, to provide adequate food to the big cats, and to provide the elephant Bombi-who could only stand due to a restrictive neck chain-with enough space to lie down in the travel trailer.

December 29, 1992: The USDA cited Circus Pages for failure to provide veterinary care and medical records. The inspector noted that both elephants' feet were in need of trimming and the nails were cracked and peeling [unattended foot problems in elephants are dangerous and can result in death]. One elephant, Bombi, had a chronic abscess on her throat.

May 18, 2006 at 3:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )