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In private, Urban Adamah slaughters 15 chickens at center of ethical battle

by andy altman-ohr

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Urban Adamah privately slaughtered 15 chickens that were scheduled to be killed as part of a public kosher slaughter workshop on May 4 that was canceled after community outcry.

Adam Berman, executive director of the Berkeley farm and education center, disclosed the news in an email to J. this week.

The chickens, which were no longer laying eggs, were killed by a shochet (kosher slaughterer) in two sessions attended by staff members and Urban Adamah fellows. Eight chickens were slaughtered on May 14 and the remainder on May 20.

"Unfortunately, we were unable, due to time limitations, to process all of the chickens on [May 14]," Berman wrote in an email. "The remaining few were killed by staff, with the support of our fellows, on Tuesday afternoon, May 20 All of our chickens were treated with utmost kindness and care during their lifetimes and killed in the most thoughtful and humane way we know possible."

The meat was used in chicken soup and served at Urban Adamah’s weekly free farm stand on May 21. The stand usually gives away produce grown on the Berkeley farm.

"The farm stand is designed for people who don't have access to healthful food," Berman said. 

The shechting happened around the time Jewish Vegetarians of North America and United Poultry Concerns launched an online petition calling on Urban Adamah to “release the 15 healthy young hens.” Several weeks ago, those groups helped mount a campaign to cancel the May 4 workshop, threatening to protest at the event.

Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns, wrote in an email that the slaughter “casts an ugly light on Urban Adamah.”

“They may never again use the words compassion, respect, gratitude and reverence for these birds — or any other animal they intend to destroy needlessly — without feeling their stomachs curdle with revulsion and shame that they could so meanly hurt and kill innocent creatures at their mercy,” she wrote.

The first kosher slaughter session was led by shochet and Jewish educator Rabbi Zac Johnson.

Seth Harris, a former Urban Adamah fellow, wrote in an email, “It was a beautiful ceremony and I am extremely grateful to have been present for it. My deepest thinking and feeling these days has been focused on my relationship to animals.”

Melissa Ament, part of the Urban Adamah fellowship program, said she had a similar reaction. The 23-year-old Deerfield, Ill., native and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin thought she might be uncomfortable watching chickens being slaughtered for the first time, but she wasn’t.

“I’ve always eaten meat, and for anyone who is going to eat meat, I think that they should know where it comes from and have the opportunity to see the process,” she said. “To go through that makes me realize how much work goes into the food we eat.”

Before the slaughter, Johnson said a prayer and then attendees sat silently in a circle while the chickens had their necks slit. Ament said participants plucked the chickens’ feathers while the bodies were still warm.

“It was more like a peaceful process, which I didn’t expect,” Ament said.

Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of JVNA, said, “We’re disappointed that Urban Adamah did not avail itself of the opportunity to spare the hens and transfer them at no cost to a farm animal sanctuary.”

According to JVNA and UPC, three nearby sanctuaries had offered to adopt the hens.

"Please note, we didn't cancel the original workshop because we agreed with the protesters," Berman noted. "We cancelled the workshop because our landlord asked us not to hold a public workshop and because we didn't think we could hold a safe and respectful event with protesters near the farm."

Berman continued: "Food brings up so many different real world feelings, questions and opinions. That's a big reason why, as an organization, we focus on food as a gateway to larger ethical and spiritual issues. Whether or not to eat meat is one of those issues with many legitimate points of view. Most of the people in our community eat meat. Our opinion is that if you are going to eat meat, you ought to know as much as possible about where that meat comes from and how it gets to your plate.

"I also want to share that since this became a public conversation, I have heard from over 1,000 people protesting our choice/policy. Literally, only one of them, as far as we can tell, has actually participated in any of our programs on the farm. Except for this individual, all the protesters are people outside of the community of folks who call Urban Adamah home. Separately, we've received hundreds of emails and phone calls from our community members — former fellows, parents of campers and our after school program, participants in our holiday celebration, and leaders from Jewish and social justice organizations in the community — all who have voiced support for our policy."

 

 

 

For a debate on meat eating and kosher slaughter, see "Conscientious meat eating is not an oxymoron." and "Vegetarians ready to dialogue on 'humane' meat practices"


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Posted by erks410
05/22/2014  at  01:36 PM
No compassion from Urban Adamah

I am so saddened to hear that Urban Adamah privately slaughtered the innocent chickens that so many compassionate people tried to save. What makes this even harder to take is that a number of Animal Sanctuaries offered homes to these wonderful beings. And this organization calls itself compassionate? That they are building a “more loving, just and sustainable world”? What hypocrites.

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Posted by animalattorney
05/22/2014  at  02:42 PM
U.A. Fought to Slaughter 15 Lives for Free Soup?

I actively and continuously tried to make contact with Adam (who never returned a call or returned an e-mail) to offer donations to spare the lives of the chickens. I even said that I would offer vegan food to provide to anyone he was planning to feed the chickens to.  I further explained that I know children and organizations who could benefit from an experience with chickens in their living form.  Urban Adamah dug their heals in out of ego in their frenzy to kill these chickens.  They fought to kill the chickens.  I was just one of many desiring to save their lives.  And they killed these animals to make “chicken soup [to be] served at Urban Adamah’s weekly free farm stand?”  Was it that important to kill to make soup?  I think Urban Adamah lost their way.  They lost track of their goal of compassion and education and became driven to kill…they were driven to certainly see those chickens die.  Urban Adamah needs to find a more worthy mission if killing has become their #1 priority.  I would have gladly provided soup for them to give away if it was so important to them to give soup away at their stand.

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Posted by Ma poule
05/22/2014  at  02:46 PM
SHAME ON URBAN ADAMAH!

Reading the article makes me sick!  How anyone, who has an iota of compassion, could think that the slaughter is “a beautiful ceremony” is an individual without feelings.  To be disconnected from one’s feelings is the only way a person could kill another sentient being.  Thich Nhat Hanh said that if we eat meat, it is like we are eating our own children.

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Posted by Veggie18
05/22/2014  at  02:55 PM
Urban Adamah's a shonda!

Shameful!  That organization is a blight on the Jewish community.  Can’t believe I used to support it when I thought they were just growing vegetables for the poor.  All that deceit and energy put into killing rather than to teach compassion and feed the poor healthy vegetables?  What is wrong with those people?

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Posted by chickenadvocate
05/22/2014  at  03:03 PM
Sad and Sickened

If I may offer a correction, I wrote upon learning of the killing of the hens:
“If true, may they never again use the words “compassion,” “respect,” “gratitude,” and “reverence” for these birds or any other animal they intend to destroy needlessly, without feeling their stomachs curdle with revulsion and shame that they could so meanly hurt and kill innocent creatures at their mercy. I hope, even now, that this news is mistaken. I want to believe they would not stoop so low, from every standpoint.”

The kinds of people who experience the killing of others who don’t want to die and are being selfishly destroyed as “beautiful” and “peaceful” are expressing a psychopathic element in their personalities, which they are free to express in relation to those who are defenseless, as with these hens. They were beautiful hens, alive, but it appears that those who found their bloodshed to be “beautiful” couldn’t see their living beauty because, if they could truly see and feel it, they would never do or speak so appallingly, so. Truly, it is sickening. Maybe one day such a person will be the helpless victim that some other “pious” group will call it “beautiful” and “peaceful” to murder. In addition, Adam Berman told my colleague on the phone on May 20 that the hens were alive and safe when he knew in fact that they were dead. As George Bernard Shaw wrote: a person who wouldn’t hesitate to be cruel wouldn’t hesitate to lie about it.

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Posted by Mary Finelli
05/22/2014  at  03:14 PM
No Better than Any Other Killer

Participants and supporters of the killing of these innocent birds are in no position to criticize anyone who needlessly kills any other innocent, sentient being. They are no better than them. Mr. Berman also blatantly lied about it. Urban Adamah: shameful and disgusting.

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/22/2014  at  03:17 PM
what a bunch of bullies

Bullies who try to justify their depraved acts by characterizing themsleves as compassionate, bullies who use innocent and defenseless animals as their pawns, Bullies who dominate and kill animals — NOT BECAUSE THEY MUST — just because they can!

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Posted by Bea Elliott
05/22/2014  at  03:42 PM
The forgotten virtue of mercy...

This is a soul-crushing betrayal. These innocent birds were shown no mercy. There was every good reason to allow them to live out their lives in peace and harmony with man. Instead their bodies were sacrificed with “prayer” no less! There is an ugly twist to the whole story of innocent life being stolen by “holy” humans. In the end though… I hope these humans who participated in needless killing will remember that mercy rightfully should be denied to them as well.

The most vile of our sins is to steal life. No mask of artificial piety can hide this truth.

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Posted by Avid j. reader
05/22/2014  at  04:38 PM
Shame on all of you

Those of you who are saying that Urban Adamah has deviated from its mission have no idea what you’re taking about. It’s a working farm, where the slaughter of animals is part of the cycle of life. Animals were also slaughtered at the original Adamah program back East. Anyone attacking Adam Berman clearly doesn’t know him personally. These efforts would be best put toward factory farms, where animals are truly treated with no compassion.

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Posted by Veggie18
05/22/2014  at  05:29 PM
Jewish community money shouldn't be given to killing farms!

Give to Jewish causes which help people without harming animals.  This is inexcusable that millions of dollars are being channeled into Urban Adamah’s capital campaign where they can raise and kill even more animals at their bigger property.  Give to places which teach people to value and not harm God’s creatures. Give to places which don’t have blood on their hands or their property.

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/22/2014  at  07:10 PM
The Cycle of Life Excuse?

Is slaughtering animals part of the cycle of life? The same could be said for rape, slavery, murder, war, genocide and any of the other human vices that are an unfortunate part of our human legacy. All that comes naturally to us does not automatically qualify as ethical. Free will is also natural, and with the choices we freely make comes a responsibility to weigh the negative and positive impacts of those choices.

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Posted by nunyabiz
05/22/2014  at  07:38 PM
We are entrusted with the

We are entrusted with the care of beautiful creatures, fertile or not. Who are we to decide their worthiness, or lack thereof, based on their ovulation?
Please don’t respond telling me I am a hypocrite: I don’t eat meat or use animal products, I do raise hens & roosters, and yes they are welcome to live in my yard their entire lives, ovulating or not!

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Posted by yadidyag
05/22/2014  at  08:47 PM
Humans and animal are different

I respect people honoring life. If you value an animal life as equal to human life in respect to eating them I can respect that. I personally value animal and human life in a different way but I can respect your opinion. But to compare people who kill animals for food to murderers is extreme, lacking in tolerance and in my opinion just plain ridiculous. Animals eat each other all the time, why should we not be allowed to partake in this process? We’ve been doing it for millions of years. Hell the word vegan didn’t even exist 100 years ago. Many people experience health problems without meat. The German and Swiss health authorities discourage children, the elderly and pregnant women from maintaining a vegan diet. This isn’t about starting an argument, I’ve heard all the vegan arguments, it is just about making it clear that there are other very legitimate opinions out there. I have experienced immense health benefits from animal consumption and have seen this happen to many that I know.

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Posted by Veggie18
05/22/2014  at  10:07 PM
Once again, you're very misinformed

Once again, you’re very misinformed about diet, health, morality, nature, eics, Judaism, and just about every other topic.

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Posted by Veggie18
05/22/2014  at  10:10 PM
Should all infertile women with bad eggs be rendered "spent", too?

Females of any species deserve the right to live safely and in peace whether they can give eggs or milk. Their milk is for THEIR babies, not anyone else to take.  I’m tired of all these insensitive people reducing females to just usefulness and when not deemed useful, put to death.  What an u ethical, unJewish thing to teach the next generation!

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Posted by Veggie18
05/22/2014  at  10:48 PM
I know Adam personally for

I know Adam personally for many years. Shocked a new dad and husband of Jewish Studies professor would insist on needless killing of trusting animals in his care he raised from babies, and then deceive the Jewish community trying to save them, and claim it is the Jewish way.

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Posted by Sandra Higgins
05/23/2014  at  02:46 AM
Science and Compassion

It is so disheartening to see tradition and culture being used in an attempt to excuse violence and unnecessary loss of precious lives. Science has demonstrated, unequivocally, that other animals feel in the way that human animals feel. They value their lives, just as we value our lives.

I give sanctuary to chickens in Ireland. As a psychologist who has studied emotion, cognition and behaviour for many years, and as a human being, I see little difference between chickens and humans.  In all the ways that matter, they are like us.

We know that it is inexcusable to take the life of another human simply because they are of no use to us.  It would be unacceptable to take the life of a human female because her fertility had declined. There is no rational reason for taking the life of another female chicken because her fertility has declined. The excuse of her decreased utility for taking her life only serves to highlight the terrible crime we commit against others by making their reproductive purpose in life serve our desires. 

There were other humans in the world who valued these chickens’ lives for their own sakes, who would have granted them their right to live; who would have taken them and given them ‘sanctuary’. At times in life we all need sanctuary:  it is only when we are in pain, destitute, or hopeless and helpless that we truly value sanctuary:  a place where life is valued and respected, where one can blossom, as these hens would have blossomed if their important, individual lives had been seen through eyes of justice and compassion.

My feelings of grief for the hens who were unnecessarily harmed and killed is very real. So too is my grief for the humans who refuse to open their hearts and minds to compassion and to fact.

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  05:30 AM
Animals Eat other animals, so why shouldn't we?

yadidyag, you insist that eating animals is “natural” — and therefore morally neutral — because other animals eat animals. But it’s important to realize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, we’re not doing what animals do in nature. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products. When animals kill other animals for food, they do as they must, in order to survive; they have no choice in the matter. Many humans, on the other hand, do have a choice, and when people with access to plant-based food options choose to continue eating animals anyway — because they like the taste — they are harming animals not from necessity, but for pleasure. Yet harming animals for pleasure goes against core values we hold in common — which is why, for example, we oppose practices like dog fighting on principle. But it can’t be wrong to harm animals for pleasure in one instance, but not the other.

Furthermore, it makes no sense to selectively model our behavior around other animals. Do we fornicate or copulate in public like other animals do? No. Do we kill our newborn children based on the fact that certain animals have done so under certain circumstances? No. Yet when it is convenient for our argument, we claim that eating animals is normal and natural because some, not all, animals do so. Regardless of what other animals do, if you are not vegan, you are paying someone to needlessly harm animals in a way that would traumatize you to even witness.

- See more at: http://freefromharm.org/eating-animals-addressing-our-most-common-justifications/#sthash.Iy5LMCiI.dpuf

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  05:36 AM
We’ve been doing it for millions of years.

Yadidyav, Another logical fallacy you are using here. Something is not true or “right” because it has existed for millions of years. Is what our ancestors ate really relevant to the very different circumstances we face today regarding our food choices and lifestyles? We are no more compelled to eat like our ancestors than we are to practice cannibalism, rape, slavery, murder, or any of the other violent traditions which are all an unfortunate part of our human legacy.

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  05:47 AM
Animals are not eqaul to humans

Yadidyav, you don’t elaborate on why you think that because humans matter more than other animals, that this gives us the right to exploit, kill and eat other animals (s long as we bless them first). But I’d like offer two quotes from Charles Horn’s new book Meat Logic:

“Higher level cognitive traits are simply not relevant to the issue of killing and eating someone. They are arbitrary, irrelevant to the issue, and lead to all of the logical flaws pointed out above. Sentience, however, is relevant. All sentient beings are conscious feeling individuals who have their own wills, experience emotions, and share the ability to feel pain and suffering. The fact that you are a conscious feeling individual who will suffer pain and the irrevocable harm of losing your life if I slit your throat should be a sufficient reason for me to not slit your throat. I should not need to administer an IQ test first to know that.”

“Treating beings differently based solely on species membership is a prejudice. The word for it is speciesism.”

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  05:57 AM
The word vegan is only 100 years old

Yadidyag, Dig deeper into the historical texts and what you will find is ancient texts that date back to the dawn of civilization and in various geographic regions that call for abstaining from violence to animals for food when we clearly don’t have to. Contrary to your claim, this belief has existed at least as long as recorded history as we know it. But, once again, it is faulty logic to claim that something is true simply because it has been believed to be true for a long time by a majority of people. Certainly the institution of slavery was believed to be acceptable up until just a short time ago in our history.  Jews have been persecuted throughout history and of course that does not justify their persecution. I could cite numerous examples of why this rationalization does not work when faced with the ethical norms of our times. I’m sure you get the idea.

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  06:02 AM
Many people experience health problems without meat.

Yadidyag, I didn’t realize you were also a nutrition expert and could make sweeping claims about the necessity for eating meat. But let’s look at what leading health authorities have stated:

In the newly revised Australian Dietary Guidelines released this week, Australia’s top health experts now agree with leading health advisory boards in the U.S. and Canada that well-planned vegan diets are a safe, healthy and viable option for all age groups. Government health experts worldwide are finally catching up with the large body of scientific evidence demonstrating that a vegan diet is not only a viable option for people of any age, but that eating plant foods instead of animal-based foods can confer significant health benefits, including reduction in incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, and some types of cancer.

In 2009, the American Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, the U.S.’s oldest, largest and foremost authority on diet and nutrition, also recognized that humans have no inherent biological or nutritional need for animals products: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

- See more at: http://freefromharm.org/health-nutrition/catching-up-with-science-burying-the-humans-need-meat-argument/#sthash.lr5PQ2PZ.dpuf

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Posted by animal voice
05/23/2014  at  07:38 AM
@shame on you, You

@shame on you,  You state, “It’s a working farm, where the slaughter of animals is part of the cycle of life. Animals were also slaughtered at the original Adamah program back East.”  Death cannot be avoided, shame, but to WILLFULLY TAKE A LIFE is not a part of “the cycle of life.”  Who in the world indoctrinated you to this creepy nonesense?  Who wrote the “original Adamah program”?  Was it a chicken?

“Anyone attacking Adam Berman clearly doesn’t know him personally.”  Obviously, you know Berman personally, but your value system is so flawed that you can’t see the true Berman.

“These efforts would be best put toward factory farms, where animals are truly treated with no compassion.”  Shame, numbers are not the issue here.  This issue is not about animals, it’s about humans without a conscience.  Factory farms are in the business of treating sentient beings like widgets for greed.  They never use terms like compassion, humane, “cycle of life”, tradition.  On the other hand, you, and those like you, justify consciousless behavior in the name of compassion, humane, cycle of life, tradition, etc, to satisfy your own food addictions. 

While factory farms lead in the numbers game, you all have a common link.  Animal cruelty is not about the victims, it’s about humans and what they do!  Humans aren’t the only worthy species on earth, we just act like it.

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Posted by animal voice
05/23/2014  at  12:02 PM
Veganism leaves out meism

@yadidyag: 

yadidyag, I do agree with you that comparing humans to murderers is extreme.  I think a more accurate comparison is comparing animal abusers/condoners to pedophiles.  They both *use* and dispose of the defenseless for their own selfish, greedy wants.

“Animals eat each other all the time, why should we not be allowed to partake in this process?”  yadidyag, the most dangerous predator on earth is a human without a conscience.  Humans are the only predators who do what they do from wontedness, to feed their greed.  If animal products were actually needed to be healthy or to maintain life, then, you would have a valid argument.

“We’ve been doing it for millions of years.”  yadidyag, you’re right.  We are now in the twenty-first century, and the earth is at its greatest suffering for the devastation caused by the human predator to the land, water, air, and the other earth inhabitants.  Why do you want to be part of that?

“Many people experience health problems without meat.”  That’s a figment in *their* sick minds.  Plenty of those health problems are from various unrelated issues including bulimia.  Another is serious laziness:  many don’t feed themselves a healthy vegan diet because they might have to put some thought into it and they can’t go to a fast-food cruelty drive-through.  They think they can eat french fries and drinks (just an example) for every meal and stay healthy.  The other issue is always trusting an MD to steer you medically.  Doctors are very guilty of parroting what has been programmed into them, right or wrong.

German and Swiss health authorities discourage children, the elderly and pregnant women from maintaining a vegan diet.”  That’s because of their biases and ignorance, including medical indoctrinations.

“...I’ve heard all the vegan arguments, ”  yadidyag, you heard all the arguments that you are recalcitrant to.  *You* choose your diet according to meism.   

“...it is just about making it clear that there are other very legitimate opinions out there.”  Who legitimized them, and at what cost?  Destroying other beings for personal gain is very much like the pedophile.

“I have experienced immense health benefits from animal consumption and have seen this happen to many that I know.”  I believe you lie for argument sake!  Could you please define “many”.  And had you or the “many” ever been on a vegan diet?

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Posted by robertgrillo
05/23/2014  at  12:07 PM
"It was a beautiful ceremony"

For whom, Mr. Harris? For the chickens who had their necks slit? Why do some people have to sacrifice others against their will to have a “beautiful” experience? Does your definition of beauty include domination, violence and killing? What kind of twisted logic concludes that it is beautiful to be act in an ugly and depraved manner?

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Posted by chickenadvocate
05/23/2014  at  01:13 PM
Where did/does UA purchase its hens from?

A question to ask is: where did/does Urban Adamah they get their hens in the first place?
Did they purchase them from an industrial hatchery as do most of these urban hipster farmers and backyard chicken-keepers do? Did they order a batch of hens from Murray McMurray in Iowa or a similar type of hatchery which airmails millions of chickens to locavores, small farms, cockfighters, 4-H, classroom hatching project teachers, etc.?

These hatcheries destroy the majority of baby roosters as soon as they hatch in the mechanical incubators. These brutal industrial hatcheries and their customers, including the U.S. postal service, have lobbied Congress successfully for decades to force the airlines to ship young chicks as cheaply as possible without any requirements for temperature or other humane considerations.

For every hen born a rooster is ground up alive, suffocated to death in plastic trash bags and/or gassed to death with carbon dioxide, a slow agonizing, painful death by asphyxiation. 

Clearly from the photographs, UA ordered an assortment of breeds and colors of hens, as if the hens were a flower arrangement.

For more information, see our brochure Free-Range Poultry & Eggs: Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be:
http://www.upc-online.org/freerange.html

So where does Urban Adamah purchase its “local, sustainable, humanely-treated” hens from?

PS: Interesting how “compassionate,respectful, reverential” killing suddenly hardens, and further euphemizes,into “processing.” This UA situation is a case study indeed.

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Posted by chickenadvocate
05/24/2014  at  06:19 AM
Where does UA get its hens?

Where does UA get its hens?
A question is: where did Urban Adamah get their hens from? Do they purchase their chickens from an industrial hatchery as most of these urban hipster farmers and backyard chicken-keepers do – just like the large-scale factory farms they claim to oppose? Did they order a batch of hens from Murray McMurray in Iowa or a similar type of hatchery which airmails millions of chickens to locavores, small farms, cockfighters, 4-H, classroom hatching project teachers, and others claiming to be “local, sustainable, and humane”? 
These hatcheries destroy the majority of baby roosters as soon as they hatch in the mechanical incubators. These hatcheries and their customers, including the U.S. postal service, have lobbied Congress successfully for decades to force the airlines to ship young chicks as cheaply as possible without any requirements for temperature or other humane considerations.
For every hen born, a rooster is ground up alive, suffocated to death in plastic trash bags or gassed to death with carbon dioxide, a slow, agonizing, painful death by asphyxiation. 
Clearly from the photographs, UA ordered an assortment of breeds and colors of hens, as if the hens were a flower arrangement, ornamental.
It is interesting how “compassionate, respectful, reverential” killing suddenly hardens, and further euphemizes, into “processing.” 
For more information, please see our brochure, Free-Range Poultry & Eggs: Not All They’re Cracked Up to Be at http://www.upc-online.org/freerange.html.
(I apologize for the writing errors in my previous comment. This is a correction. Thank you.)

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Posted by eastbayresident
05/24/2014  at  04:33 PM
I previously followed a vegan

I previously followed a vegan diet. I found extra sources of protein (including tofu/tempeh), ate lots of greens, lentils, etc. Then I went to work on a farm for a year. I currently eat meat in limited quantities. All of the meat I eat is raised either by myself or procured locally from farmers I know (I actually know them). I still try to grow and eat as many greens as possible, my diet is mostly plant based and farm grown. However, I have found that eating fresh, healthy animal products in limited amounts gives me energy and vitality I didn’t obtain when I was vegan. I’m not arguing this is right for all people, but it has certainly rung true for me.

The study by the ADA mentioned in a post above states that following a planned vegetarian diet is “appropriate for all stages of life”. It also concludes there is correlation, but not causation, between those who are vegetarian and positive health trends (lower cancer rates, risk of heart disease, etc). In my opinion many studies like these are narrow minded and essentially say this, “People who pay attention to what they are eating are healthier than those who do not.” I think it is also incredibly important to know where your food comes from. Are you eating kale that was grown in another state and shipped to your grocery store? Is the lettuce you are eating coming from your backyard or a farmer’s market? Eating fresh produce is almost as important as eating produce to begin with. Our food system has deprived us of good mineral nutrition and it’s time we start growing more food ourselves and take back our health. The same is true of animal products. The study does not say that eating meat is bad for you, though I would argue that eating industrially processed meat (and industrially grown produce) is devoid of essential nutrition. Eating healthy meat from healthy animals, in moderate amounts, is essential to my nutritional needs.

Many people have argued that because we don’t need to eat meat that we shouldn’t. I disagree. Even as a vegan there were ways that I was forced to interact with the industrial food system. Ever tried finding locally grown tofu? Organic beans that aren’t part of the industrial food system and haven’t been sitting in a warehouse for multiple years losing their nutrition? I would rather eat fresh, healthy meat that I raise than purchase tofu made from soybeans that are grown elsewhere and then shipped to a location near me for processing. Let’s try to eat consciously at all times, not only when considering animal products. I understand why some people are ethically opposed to eating meat entirely. I don’t agree with you, but I respect the choices you make when selecting your own food. I hope the many of you who actively advocate for others to choose veganism are also being equally mindful when selecting other parts of your diet.

I’m surprised to find that many people are shocked that Urban Adamah would slaughter their chickens in order to provide healthy food to their community. Finally, comparing people who raise animals for personal consumption to pedophiles does not improve the credibility of your argument and is exploitative of abused children.

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Posted by Veggie18
05/24/2014  at  09:23 PM
Jewish laws on kindness to animals

http://www.jewfaq.org/m/animals.htm#Veggie

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Posted by Veggie18
05/24/2014  at  09:29 PM
Your local argument's very flawed.

Your local argument’s very flawed.  Watch http://freefromharm.org/videos/educational-inspiring-talks/dr-richard-oppenlander-why-eating-local-less-meat-and-taking-baby-steps-wont-work/. And watch “Forks Over Knives” to learn how harmful animal products are for human health.

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Posted by chickenadvocate
05/26/2014  at  03:11 PM
First of all, you cannot

First of all, you cannot “raise” meat. You cannot “raise” something that is dead. You can only “raise” live animals or live fruits and vegetables. Second, for those so concerned about “local” and “nature,” I ask again: where did the now dead hens come from originally? Where were they born? Were they naturally incubated under a mother hen’s feathered breast? Where is she? Where was, or where is, the rooster? Notice that the hens killed by this community center varied as to “breed” and color. They clearly did not come from the same family of birds. Did they come from an industrial hatchery? – nothing natural about that! Where is the family of each of these murdered birds? Do you know that chickens in nature live in extended families? Is it “natural” to dismember animals’ families, to fiddle with their reproductive organs, which is the essence, along with killing and mutilation, of animal farming? Is it right? If we’re going to invoke “local” and “nature” and “natural” to justify a desire to kill and eat animals, let’s ask some real questions and skip the cheezy platitudes and self-idolatry.

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