By Ruth Harrison
A reprint of a e-book initially released in 1964, with new contributions environment a latest context. the unique publication is constituted of 10 chapters protecting and describing the equipment of in depth farming of chook and farm animals throughout the Sixties. It used to be aimed toward growing information in regards to the construction of animals below man made and destructive stipulations that be triumphant in factory-like installations. concentration is given on broiler chickens, chook packing stations, battery birds, veal calves, foundation of caliber, volume as opposed to caliber and animal cruelty and laws. to be had In Print
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It means that they can have as much food as they choose. This food is bought in bulk, stored in giant hoppers outside the house, and fed through to the hanging food hoppers inside, automatically in most cases. This then, is the broiler industry, brought over from America, and looking still to America for leadership and advice. It is an industry with its full quota of ‘jobs for the boys’: Mr Robinson, an Essex broiler breeder, pointed out to an Oxfordshire conference (Farmer and Stockbreeder, 8th August 1961): So many of today’s specialists in the various aspects of the poultry industry never had a thing to do with the industry 18 months to two years ago.
This is what Ruth Harrison has done. Her theme affects practically every citizen, for it deals with the new methods of rearing animals destined to become human food. It is a story that ought to shock the complacency out of any reader. Modern animal husbandry has been swept by a passion for ‘intensivism’; on this tide everything that resembles the methods of an earlier day has been carried away. Gone are the pastoral scenes in which animals wandered through green fields or flocks of chickens scratched contentedly for their food.
It can sweep through these intensive units very rapidly and slaughter of the entire flock on a farm has been compulsory. Compensation was assured to all farmers whose flocks were destroyed and the compensation was payable out of the taxpayer’s pocket. Before the Second World War there were only two outbreaks of fowl pest, or Newcastle disease as it was called, after the first outbreak near Newcastle-on-Tyne. One was in 1926 and spread to eleven counties. There were virtually no survivors amongst birds contracting the disease.
Animal machines by Ruth Harrison