Hugh's Chicken Run

Seems that the 'world and his blog' are writing about chickens this week. It's hard to avoid all the fall-out from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's programmes

Now, if you set yourself up as any form of champion you can expect a certain amount of criticism, whether it's from the National Farmers' Union about the term 'Battery Chickens' or Stonehead, asking whether 'Hugh has been naughty' as in 'economical with the truth'. I'm neither clever enough, nor good enough at expressing myself, to enter the fray, but what I just can't understand is how HFW can justify setting up his own intensive chicken farm. The end doesn't justify the means when animal cruelty is involved.

There are obviously many issues involved and I applaud Hugh for trying.

On this subject, is it me, or is Jamie Oliver a bit of a hypocrite? Isn't he the bloke who gets paid £1.2 million or so off Sainsbury's – a major purveyor of these intensively reared chickens. Talk about a foot in both camps.

The one thing I do know is that most of the problems that HFW is trying to address are caused by mass production for the supermarket consumer. People who buy locally from the farm see the welfare conditions for themselves and can make their own judgements about whether to buy.


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