Playing Chicken in San Francisco

Travel Blog  •  David Farley  •  02.26.09 | 3:25 PM ET

Chickens for pets and meat? Civil Eats checks out the “urban hen” trend happening in San Francisco. Like most people, I’d have a hard time killing something I’ve been taking care of for a while, but at the same time, knowing where your meat (and eggs) are coming from is a good thing. I once got flack from animal-rights people over a story I wrote about taking part of a pig killing in the Czech hinterlands. It’s true: it wasn’t pretty, but my critics missed the main point: raising your own animal and killing it yourself seems a lot more ethical than supporting factory-farming.

David Farley

David Farley is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town and co-editor of Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories. Hes a contributing writer at AFAR magazine and his writing appears in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, and, among other publications. He teaches writing at New York University.

1 Comment for Playing Chicken in San Francisco

Darrin DuFord 02.27.09 | 5:35 PM ET

As long as you don’t start naming the chickens, and as long as they don’t know how to play fetch, I can imagine that it would work.  By the way, I like how you said “animal rites” instead of “animal rights.”  I suppose for some (the source of your inbound flack, for instance), it is a religion.

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