Letter to the editor: Cruelty to small creatures

February 7, 2015

chickenHSUS-350OPINION BY GARY KIRKLAND

When the voters in California voted to make chickens have free space to move around they didn’t realize what cruelty these birds would unleash on the world.

The chickens will eat earthworms and insects. When I was in school I dissected earthworms, insects, onions, and other organisms. Oh, the horror! The onions were still alive. I learned that insects and earthworms have a ventral nervous chord. The main nerve runs down their tummies. They have brains. Some adult insects have eyes and antennae.

This makes these animals sentient beings (responsive to or conscious of sense impressions). Free roaming chickens kill and eat small, sentient animals without remorse. There is a special place in Hell for people who allow chickens to roam and eat innocent, little creatures. I hope these people go there soon.


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19 Comments

  1. Slowerfaster says:

    What the writer of this ersatz article and most of the commenters fail to realize is that this law was enacted for the benefit of California’s egg farmers.
    More and more of out-of-state egg producers, from as far away Missouri mind you, had bee undercutting our local, tax-paying farms and ranches, with unfair competition due to lower wages, taxes, and horrid humane conditions in these uncivilized, medieval states.
    This was about the only way to even the field, make it possible for our local businesses to profit, and keep out the cheaters from the low-rent states.

    (-6) 14 Total Votes - 4 up - 10 down
  2. Extremely Stoic says:

    I firmly believe that the small creatures that Gary refers to have ISIS leanings and therefore makes their demise wholly accepible. It is natures way of culling out the radical insects.

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  3. willieslo says:

    “There is a special place in Hell for people who allow chickens to roam and eat innocent, little creatures. I hope these people go there soon.”

    Please forgive me for I have sinned. Mercy.

    (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  4. Ted Slanders says:

    Gary Kirkland,

    If you’re going to refer to the Christian’s Hebrew God’s Bronze Age bible to help prove your point, well, then you forgot about this revealing passage that throws water upon your campfire.

    “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. AND LET THEM HAVE DOMINION over the fish of the sea AND OVER THE BIRDS OF THE HEAVENS and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it AND HAVE DOMINION OVER the fish of the sea and over THE BIRDS OF THE HEAVENS AND OVER EVERY LIVING THING THAT MOVES ON THE EARTH.” (Genesis 1: 26-28)

    Hence, we rule over chickens and we can allow them to do what WE want them to do at all costs.

    You’re welcome.

    (-2) 12 Total Votes - 5 up - 7 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Another gem of reason, Brother Ted.

      If it’s possible, you should be nominated for a Pullet Surprise !

      (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down
  5. jarhead says:

    ARE YOU FOR REAL ?, do you not think that a FOOD CHAIN does exist in nature , maybe you ought to outlaw fishing and the use of WORMS for bait also .I give up im a vegan and im killing carrots OH MY

    (-1) 9 Total Votes - 4 up - 5 down
  6. Rich in MB says:

    Pay the Stupid Tax and move on…people wanted more room for the Chickens, well not they gotta pay for it and they cry “the cost of living is going up”. Hello….it’s because of the idiots YOU elect.

    (6) 28 Total Votes - 17 up - 11 down
    • Moderator says:

      Rich in MB and everybody, stop trying to bring up Obama, Bush and partisan hate in every local article.

      Stop trying to make it happen, because it’s not going to happen.

      Further attempts risk your ability to comment here.

      (-5) 27 Total Votes - 11 up - 16 down
      • Kevin Rice says:

        What about Dick Slanders and his biblical hate bull-s every article? You really should weed out some of the anonymous ad hominem attackers.

        (3) 25 Total Votes - 14 up - 11 down
        • Ted Slanders says:

          Kevin Rice,

          Are you actually stating that when I bring forth actual biblical passages WITHIN CONTEXT to the story at hand, that they are hateful? Are you now stepping in more proverbial poo by calling the inspired word of God; HATEFUL?

          Show us a few of my godly posts that are in fact allegedly hateful! Such insolence to the bible, how shameful can you possibly get?

          Kevin, I’ll pray for you tonight because you might have committed the Unpardonable Sin to the spirit of Jesus’ word. You can thank me later, okay? You’re welcome.

          (-2) 10 Total Votes - 4 up - 6 down
        • aft50s says:

          I thought slanders was on the payroll as a troll… he’s not serious is he?

          (15) 15 Total Votes - 15 up - 0 down
          • Extremely Stoic says:

            I believe the answer is a function of a lithium shortage here on the central coast

            (3) 9 Total Votes - 6 up - 3 down
            • Ted Slanders says:

              Stoic,

              You’ve noticed the shortage of lithium too? Let me know if you find some of these batteries because they’re getting really hard to find.

              Thanks.

              (-3) 9 Total Votes - 3 up - 6 down
    • Rambunctious says:

      If you want free range chicken eggs then buy some chickens and put them in your back yard. This is what is wrong with so many of us these days. It’s not enough for someone to go out and buy some free range eggs if that’s what they want; they have to make everyone else do so as well. No matter the cost. It’s silly and if this foolishness continues I foresee a day when the ability to write and pass propositions in California will be taken away. It’s the Chinese drip of light tyranny.

      (9) 17 Total Votes - 13 up - 4 down
      • OnTheOtherHand says:

        I agree in principal but zoning regulations make this a big problem — and appropriately so for people living in apartments, condos, etc.

        (4) 4 Total Votes - 4 up - 0 down
  7. mkaney says:

    Well Gary, perhaps the free market would have already worked out this problem itself if corporate agriculture wasn’t so heavily subsidized by the conservatives you seem to support, in spite of your claim to be a libertarian.

    (2) 24 Total Votes - 13 up - 11 down

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