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.

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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