Why two sanctuaries in one, each with a different focus? Actually our focus is the same, it’s the animals we rescue and care for that are different. Dark Mountain is the mammal portion and @RoosterSanctuary is the chicken portion. Or in agriculture terms livestock and poultry.
Get ready for some chicken facts!
Together we have a wide range of species which all came from a variety of exploitative environments.
Chickens are the most exploited and domesticated animals on this planet. Chickens are used in every manner of exploitation; from fashion to food, vivisection to bloodsport. Due to this wide scope of exploitation there are conflicting laws in regards to chickens.
As an animal cruelty inspector there are three fields in which animal cruelty laws do not apply. Those industries are research, agriculture and hunting. Hunting can be a grey area easily used in the defense of dog fighting but more difficult to use in the cock fighting defense. Laws regarding cock fighting do not apply to agriculture or research. So a laboratory may mutilate a bird, but a cocker may not. Same goes for forcing a dog, rat, mouse monkey to ingest certain substances but the average animal care taker may not.
This also goes for medications that may help the animals. Many cockers know proper vet care and go above and beyond normal means to care for their best birds. On the other hand chickens used for agriculture are not allowed to be treated with certain medications due to their use as food.
Numbers are also another reason for two sanctuaries working as one. In one year 39 million cows are killed where 9 billion chickens are killed. Both grotesque numbers, yet you can easily see there is a greater demand to rescue, care, and outreach for chickens than any other animal.
Some simple facts about chickens also lend the need for more sanctuaries to focus on poultry.
There is more biological information in regards to chickens than humans. The USDA has said there is drastically more information regarding the genetics and biological study of chickens used for food than any other animal. So do we care more for ourselves or the profit of those exploiting animals for food? Profit is what drives exploitation. Why is most poultry white? A poultry conglomerate created a chicken that grew faster in a shorter period of time, yet could not get the feathers to be completely white. One would think this bird would be more widely used for food, yet they are not due to color of the feathers. Chickens have very small feathers, much like hair which are impossible to be removed by industrialized mechanical means. In order to remove the feathers for a more pleasing appearance the darker feathered birds would have to be hand plucked or shaved. Therefor white birds, which do not grow as fast as the patented darker feathered breed, are used due to white feathers being more difficult to see against the skin.
Learning the facts as to why animal exploitation exist, helps us to understand those who have yet to see a kinder path in life. It gives us the ability to converse with them in their own language and provides the facts to counter this continued abuse of our environment. Teamwork and a strong community can lead us to better ourselves and others.
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