Broncos linebacker Von Miller aspires to be the Gustavo Fring of North Texas. (The legal stuff, not the secret underground meth lab.) But before Miller fully embarks on his desire to raise and then kill chickens for food purposes, PETA has offered up its two cents.
In a letter to Miller, PETA Associate Director Michelle Cho suggests that the All Pro focus his time, money, and effort on a food industry other than poultry.
“We’re hopeful that with the global shift toward healthful, humane, and environmentally friendly plant-based vegan lifestyles, you’ll consider going in another direction with your farming venture,” Cho writes.
“Studies have long shown that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just about anything else. If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week, the carbon-dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S. roads. . . .
“For these reasons and for the sake of sensitive, inquisitive birds who don’t want to experience the terror and pain of having their throats painfully slit and being thrown into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers, we hope you will rethink your decision to create a poultry operation and invest in healthy, eco-friendly, and humane business ventures instead.”
And then there’s the possibility that chickens have individual personalities. If they do, I’m not sure we should be eating them.
I’ll ponder that one tonight over a box of McNuggets.