Earlier this week we noted a few urban chicken owners have startlingly realized the eggs produced from those aromatic predator magnets cost about $40 a dozen.
Glaringly omitted from such calculations was the additional benefit of some tasty, free-range, organic and totally primitive meat from those birds. Urban chicken farmers, however, have encountered a major obstacle in transitioning backyard pullets to plate. It’s called slaughter, a process many know little about. To the rescue comes Urban Adamah, a Berkeley, Calif., urban farm that planned a public chicken slaughter in May with the intention of teaching city folks how to properly cut the head off a chicken.
As word of the Berkeley beheading spread so did the outrage. Animal rights activists demanded the chickens be spared and given safe passage to an animal sanctuary. Fearing the Chickengate protest could get out of hand, Urban Adamah wisely cancelled the public event.
The birds were "harvested" in private a few days later, which led the activist group United Poultry Concerns to hold a candlelight vigil outside the farm gates. Seriously.
California's Water Wasters
Officials believe California's drought is the worst in 500 years.
Since mid-winter, California officials have pleaded with residents to conserve water, but a report released yesterday indicates Californians have done exactly the opposite.
The State Water Resources Control Board survey shows overall water consumption is up 1%, while Governor Jerry Brown has asked residents to cut consumption 20%. The water regulators approved a measure to levy fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing.
Arizona Rancher Fears Immigrants
An Arizona rancher whose property along the U.S.-Mexico border has been a path used by an estimated tens of thousands of immigrants to sneak into the U.S. says he believes a health epidemic will soon follow. "The fact is that we're going to be inundated with diseases in our population as well as livestock diseases,'' John Ladd, owner of the San Jose Ranch in Bisbee, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Vesicular Stomatitis in Texas
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties.