Warning, some graphic talk.
It concerned me as an omni when my parents went in with my sister and her husband and bought a chicken farm, but as you can imagine it has been disturbing me more lately as I've become reacquainted with how the industry works.
I visited there last year and it wasn't as bad as videos I've seen online, but of course, it's still no picnic for the birds. Thank goodness, they weren't in battery cages, they walk around in a big shed. They fly up to these nest boxes to lay their eggs. These eggs are actually taken away to raise as meat chickens.
There are some very sad parts about the farm too, as to be expected. One instance is that when they recieve the initial delivery of layer chickens, some are missexed and so they simply walk around, finding these roosters and wringing their necks. Also, my understanding is that the chicken poop just keeps piling up for 8 months until it is cleaned up by some kind of backhoe or something (at that point, the layers are taken for slaughter).
My parents know I've been eating strict vegetarian lately, but they also know it was started as a way to become healthier. That's been changing as I watched Earthlings and have doing more online research.
I guess in the end, it becomes one more thing I decide to stop talking about when I visit my family. It seems like the number of forbidden topics grows all the time. We are very different in some ways.
They are SPO's too, particularly my sister. When a dog gets sick, they shoot them kind of mentality.
I guess I just wanted to write this down where some other people would understand. It's distressing and I'm not sure how to deal with my family who seems to be getting worse over the years regarding their treatment of animals.