The cluckin’ hypocracy

Charlie Bose, Online Editor

It’s confusing why we as a nation make one form of cruelty illegal and yet turn a blind eye to another.

To make cockfighting completely illegal, yet justify battery caged hens.

The vast majority of eggs in this country come from this form of farming, if you choose to call it that.

Image of hens that live in the battery cage system. Here they will live their entire miserable lives never to know what it’s like to spread their wings.

A chick’s life starts off at a hatchery where it is immediately sexed.

If female, the chick is shipped off.

If male, immediately disposed of.

Although there’s a variety of methods, the most common one used in the U.S. is maceration.


Image of male chicks falling to their deaths.

Maceration, used in this instance, is when the chicks are put into a mass grinder where they instantly mashed into pieces.

Back to the hens: After being shipped off, they begin their lives in constant confinement.

Hens on average have no more than 67 square inches of room and are forced to share this space with several other hens.

This system prevents the hens from fulfilling their basic instincts such as perching, solitude for egg laying, spreading out their wings, and dust bathing.

It’s bad enough that this form of farming is 100 percent legal, what’s worse is our society hypocritically turns a blind eye to this brutality yet shuns another.

Image of two roosters about to fight.


In most cases, especially in the Americas, roosters are given razor spurs to increase the amount of damage the bird can inflict.

Roosters are also given steroids and other drugs to improve their fighting ability.

Surviving a round is often short lived with the rooster succumbing to his wounds shortly after.

This form of cockfighting is completely wrong. Cockfighting can easily be regulated, though.

Two roosters looking at each other “cock eyed” they’re about to spar to establish who’s top rooster.

In truth, roosters want to fight. It’s natural and normally isn’t even deadly.

Both in the wild and on farms roosters fight to establish dominance.

Fights are usually quick with little damage being afflicted.

What makes cockfighting deadly is the centuries of  breeding to produce a rooster that will refuse to give up a fight and run away, even when faced with certain death, combined with razor spurs.

Regulation of this sport can start by having the use of razor spurs and drugs in a cockfight illegal.

Owners would be required to give better medical treatment of roosters, roosters won’t be allowed to fight to the death, and police can be at the cockfights to insure no other criminal activity goes on.

Image of a baby chicken that’s no more than a few days old. Soon it’s fate will be decided if it’s worthy of life (female) or fated to be another victim of maceration (male).

Instead, every single state  in the U.S. has ruled the entire practice of cockfighting illegal.

Image of caged hens

With that logic, caged hen farming it should be banned instead of regulated. Yet it isn’t.

Caged hen farming remains legal.

Only a couple of states have put bans or regulating the industry on their ballots or held political discussion.

This whole situation is just a huge muck of hypocrisy.

Is it morally messed up to grind up male chicks at birth and put the females in confined cages for their entire life yet pass laws preventing roosters to follow their instincts.

We as U.S. citizens should write to our state and federal representatives for change.

And we as decent human beings should boycott buying eggs from hens that were subjected to this style of farming. Look for the “cage free” designation on the next carton of eggs that you buy.