I understand that ~93 Billion Chickens are slaughtered in the U.S. every year for the food market.
I eat Chicken a lot; it is cheap, delicious and full of protein. Still, sometimes I can't help but feel that this makes me a hypocrite when it comes to being a friend to my budgies.
I realize that my budgies are dumb dinosaurs who will eat anything in their path, without any regard whatsoever for its origin. I'm sure they would even eat me if they were given the opportunity. (I wonder if I taste like Chicken?)
Even so, should we, as Civilized (?) Human Beings exercise greater consideration for our birds by not consuming the flesh of their cousins, out of respect?
Innominate
BTW, I'm not any kind of PETA guy.
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I eat Chicken a lot; it is cheap, delicious and full of protein. Still, sometimes I can't help but feel that this makes me a hypocrite when it comes to being a friend to my budgies.

I used to have a Yellow Nape that would hold a drumstick in his claws and eat the meat off it.
On 3 Sep 2005 18:43:14 -0700, "innominatetwice"
Even so, should we, as Civilized (?) Human Beings exercise greater consideration for our birds by not consuming the flesh of their cousins, out of respect?

Heck, my budgies eat chicken. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. Emotion: wink
Becky
I realize that my budgies are dumb dinosaurs who will eat anything in their path, without any regard whatsoever for its origin. I'm sure they would even eat me if they were given the opportunity. (I wonder if I taste like Chicken?)

If human flesh tasted like chicken and it wasn't so prone to carrying communicable diseases cannibalism would be a lot more popular. A parrot is no more closely related to chicken genetically than a human is to a pig. Ham with pineapple anyone?
I used to have a Yellow Nape that would hold a drumstick in his claws and eat the meat off it.

My Cockatoo does that now...and says "YUMMY!" when he throws the bone away.
XXgizzieXX
** "It's hard to believe you're going to be sixteen maybe we should do something special. Do you rember when we went to the circus?"

"Yeah, I was six, you took ten of my friends, we had front row seats, then the lion bit the head off the monkey and we all had nightmares for a week"
Jack
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Should dog and cat owners feel guilty about eating beef? They are all mammals, after all. Heck, WE'RE MAMMALS too!
Even so, should we, as Civilized (?) Human Beings exercise greater consideration for our birds by not consuming the flesh of their cousins, out of respect?

Not even when I had chickens as pets.
Don't laugh, chickens make good pet birds.
Even so, should we, as Civilized (?) Human Beings exercise ... not consuming the flesh of their cousins, out of respect?

Not even when I had chickens as pets. Don't laugh, chickens make good pet birds.

When my father was a youngster, he had chickens as pets (at least he considered them his pets). The day his mother (my grandma) decided the time to make soup and a hearty meal was upon them, my father was so upset that he didn't each chicken for years after that.
As an aside, everything we put into our bodies nowadays has something "wrong" with it. Beef, chicken and fish contain hormones and heavy metals. Even free range chickens eat grain that may well be grown in a place where the groundwater is contaminated (as other animals and plants labeled "organic" are). Nothing is safe. Even those delicious french fries (which we've stopped eating a long time ago) are unhealthful. Therefore, we have two alternatives, (1) be in a constant state of paranoia, or (2) enjoy life and appreciate what we have (including our little ones), but with an eye towards staying safe whenever possible.
Not even when I had chickens as pets. Don't laugh, chickens make good pet birds.

When my father was a youngster, he had chickens as pets (at least he considered them his pets). The day ... and a hearty meal was upon them, my father was so upset thathe didn't each chicken for years after that.

...eat chicken...
;-)
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