Playing Chicken

ChickenOverheard in the supermarket today, from an assistant talking to a shopper at the egg department:

“Would you like free range or normal?”

It is rather a shame, I thought, that anyone would think it normal to eat eggs laid by chickens kept in battery conditions.  Chickens are hardly the brightest of creatures, and I am neither vegetarian nor vegan. But I do think that common decency dictates that we give the poor foul a little bit of fresh, open air and some room to move.

Here in Adelaide, a lot of the free range eggs come from nearby Kangaroo Island, for the simple reason that there are no foxes there. The kangaroos do not seem to bother the chickens at all.

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