We eat babies
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Over time, as the length of time it takes to grow animals to slaughter size decreases, we are more and more eating babies. Pigs are about 6 months old when we eat them. But at the crazy end of the spectrum are chickens – who are eaten at 6 weeks old.
I read this post recently on the Chicken Farmers of Canada website, which stated:
Chickens today reach market weight earlier than they did 30 or more years ago, so the bones have not had a chance to completely calcify. It takes 6 to 8 weeks for a chicken to go to market and most chickens are ready after 6 weeks. The shorter growing time has been accomplished through selective breeding.
What this really means is that we are now eating baby chickens before their bones have fully formed. They are growing larger and larger, with less and less ability to handle that weight without horrible strain on their bodies. Most can’t walk when they are taken to slaughter, and their legs, because the bones haven’t fully formed, break easily under their own weight.