I woke up this morning with a YouTube video playing in my ear. I didn’t have my contacts in to look at what he was watching, but by the eery music and startling information being shared, I had a feeling as to it’s source.
Trigger words like, “factory,” “confinement,” “facility,” “filthy,” “driven insane,” etc. Words that stimulate negative thoughts and play with your emotions.
“What are you watching?!” I snapped at him.
“HSUS just released an undercover video about a hog farmer in our county. I know this guy, I grew up with these people. They aren’t the type to abuse their animals, they care too much.” You could hear the sadness in his voice as he continued to watch the video.
I’m not going to attach a link of this video to my post, because I don’t think it should receive anymore attention. But, I did watch it. Many of the things I witnessed were things that had been taken out of context and misconstrued. I realized that if I added eery music, intimidating camera effects and edits that I could probably make even my Scottish Terrier, Oliver, look abused in his current state of sunbathing, on our ottoman, in the living room wearing his spring colored scarf. (Boy, he has it rough.)
Were there parts of it that confused me? Yes. Most definitely. I don’t know why there were buckets of dead piglets, I don’t know why they hobbled some of the pigs, but that is because I am not a hog farmer, nor was I raised around it. NEVER during the time of the video did the narrator ASK the farmer WHY things were happening the way they were. The entire video was from one perspective, and it’s sole intention is to instill fear.
With all that being said, I would like to announce the outline of my newest project that will kickoff Monday. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: The Glass Walls Project: Chicken Houses.
For the next six weeks, I will follow and blog about poultry production, from the time the chicks arrive until they leave to be harvested as full grown birds. I will talk about EVERYTHING. Environment, conditions, food, water, their handling and care. I will do my best to leave no stone unturned.
Why ‘Glass Walls’ and why Chicken Houses?
During many agriculture conferences I’ve attending they discuss how they “wish slaughter houses had glass walls” so people outside of ag could see and interpret for themselves, instead of getting misinformation from the internet.
For those who may not have known, My Someone is a farmer. Him and his family raise cattle and have four chicken houses. When we first started dating, poultry production was a new concept to me and I’ve spent much of our time since asking questions. One day, My Someone and I were discussing how we wished “chicken houses had glass walls” much like the thought behind putting glass walls on slaughter houses: to educate. Since, at this time, that isn’t something we can realistically do, this blog project idea was born.
Our goal is to show you the ACTUAL truth, so you can see past the fear objective videos and propaganda of animal activists.
What to expect.
I will be incorporating as many photos and videos as I can. I think visual aides are important in educating. I will be photographing the chickens at least once a day, at the end of each week, I will show their growth progress from each day. I will be showing you the people who work on My Someone’s family’s farm as well as interviewing them. I will be answering any, or all, questions I receive about the chickens and will be completely transparent in the information I share with you. No stone left unturned.
What I expect from you.
Questions. Questions. Questions. I hear so much incorrect information spread about poultry production, that I know you must’ve too. This is your opportunity to get facts, so please do not hesitate to ask. If I don’t know the answer, I will find out. Secondly, and most importantly, BE RESPECTFUL. This is the internet, where it is easy to sling mud and be a bully from behind a screen, but this project is about educating, not slander. You don’t have to agree with me and you don’t have to agree with what my husband does for a living, but you do have to be polite. All disrespectful, hateful, inappropriate comments will be removed.