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<a href="http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/02/headless-chicken-solution/" target="_blank">http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/...cken-solution/</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Architecture student André Ford has proposed a new system for the mass production of chickens that removes the birds cerebral cortex so that they dont experience the horrors of being packed together tightly in vertical farms.Each year, the United Kingdom raises and kills around <a href="http://www.ukagriculture.com/livestock/broiler_chickens.cfm" target="_blank">800 million broiler chickens</a> for their meat. These creatures are grown in vast sheds with no natural light over the course of six to seven weeks. They are bred to grow particularly quickly and often die because their hearts and lungs cannot keep up with their bodys rapid growth. Philosopher Paul Thompson from Purdue University has suggested <a href="http://www.upc-online.org/experimentation/experimentalConclusion.htm" target="_blank">The Blind Chicken Solution</a>. He argues that chickens blinded by accident have been developed into a strain of laboratory chickens that dont mind being crowded together as much as normal chickens do. As a result, he argues, we should consider using blind chickens in food production as a solution to the problem of overcrowding in the poultry industry. He argues that it would be more humane to have blind chickens than ones that can see.<br>
But Ford goes a step further and proposes a <a href="http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2012/02/farming-the-unconscious.php" target="_blank">Headless Chicken Solution</a>. This would involve removing the cerebral cortex of the chicken to inhibit its sensory perceptions so that it could be produced in more densely packed conditions without the associated distress. The brain stem for the chicken would be kept intact so that the homeostatic functions continue to operate, allowing it to grow.<br><br>
Ford proposes this solution for two reasons: To meet the rising demand for meat, particularly poultry, and to improve the welfare of the chickens by desensitizing them to the unpleasant reality of their existence.<br>
After this desensitization, the chickens could then be stacked into huge urban farms with around 1,000 chickens hooked up to large vertical frames a little like the network of pods the humans are connected to in <i><a href="http://www.tony5m17h.net/Matrix.html" target="_blank">The Matrix</a></i>. The feet of the chickens would also be removed in order to pack more in. There could be dozens of these frames in the vertical farming system, which Ford refers to as the <a href="http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2012/02/farming-the-unconscious.php" target="_blank">Centre for Unconscious Farming</a>. Food, water and air would be delivered via a network of tubes and excrement would be removed in the same way. This technique could achieve a density of around 11.7 chickens per cubic meter instead of the current 3.2 chickens achieved in broiler houses.</div>
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So, you know how normal sane people watch The Matrix and all the floating people batteries and think wow, that's ****ing horrifying and evil? This guy stroked his chin and thought "Hmm, what a wonderful way to turn a profit" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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I just temporarily died a little on the inside.
 

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Wow
 

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I couldn't get past the second paragraph, it made me nauseous to even think about it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">He argues that it would be more humane to have blind chickens than ones that can see.</div>
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Fail <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"><br><br>
Another "wtf is wrong with people" story. (how do you keep finding these, Werewolf Girl?)
 

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Wouldn't this whole fancy set up be way too expensive to actually be practical? I sure as **** hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Limes</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3103644"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Wouldn't this whole fancy set up be way too expensive to actually be practical? I sure as **** hope so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"></div>
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Yeah it would.
 

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This is just disturbing on so many levels.
 

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It's especially disturbing because the idea is it would REDUCE suffering to basically turn chickens into brainless footless meat bags.<br><br>
And honestly, I guess it would? I know I'd rather not have a brain or consciousness living in those conditions. But the very idea fills me with so much revulsion I just want to vomit...<br><br>
It really bothers me that people are SO attached to eating meat that they can look at all these factory farming horrors and rather than coming to the logical conclusion to <i>just eat something else</i> they instead try to find ridiculous and horrifying ways to work around the ethical dilemmas so they don't have to give anything up.<br><br>
Also, while I suppose breeding chicken meat bags with no brains would mean they can't suffer it still wouldn't solve the massive environmental issues created by factory farming. There are just so many things wrong with this.
 

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ickness to the extreme!
 

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This is making me think of Animals: A Novel by Don LePan.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3103936"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It's especially disturbing because the idea is it would REDUCE suffering to basically turn chickens into brainless footless meat bags.<br><br>
And honestly, I guess it would? I know I'd rather not have a brain or consciousness living in those conditions. But the very idea fills me with so much revulsion I just want to vomit...<br><br>
It really bothers me that people are SO attached to eating meat that they can look at all these factory farming horrors and rather than coming to the logical conclusion to <i>just eat something else</i> they instead try to find ridiculous and horrifying ways to work around the ethical dilemmas so they don't have to give anything up.<br><br>
Also, while I suppose breeding chicken meat bags with no brains would mean they can't suffer it still wouldn't solve the massive environmental issues created by factory farming. There are just so many things wrong with this.</div>
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You said it all..<br><br>
It's horrifying, I have no words <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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