That is a pretty funny commercial. There are a few chicken barns here with one little door on the side of the barn 200' long barn, and no sign a chicken has ever used it. I suspect they keep the door closed until they get big enough that they can't really travel that well, then pop it open and pray one doesn't go out and catch something. I used to work in a small commercial chicken farm and and for the first 4 weeks they are pretty agile and actually seem to enjoy themselves but after that they have been bred to overfeed themselves and just slog their mass back and forth from the feeder to waterer and try not to injure themselves.Watch Supersize Me 2, the definition of free range means they give access to outdoor but broiler these days got so big so fast they don't want to go outside (obese kids), and they get heart attack under stress.
They are now considered "specialty" chicken. I know a friend's friend who still bread them ONLY for the Chinatown sales. The real free range instead of the broiler these days in the refrigerated section.There are a few places around here where we can buy "live" poultry. I mean - you can't take it home alive, but they're constantly butchering and preparing them. I tried it a few times and was handed a bird carcass that was still warm.
It's a far cry from the time when one would see chickens in cages on the sidewalk in Chinatown. I don't believe it's specifically illegal, but the locations are limited based on zoning.
They are now considered "specialty" chicken. I know a friend's friend who still bread them ONLY for the Chinatown sales. The real free range instead of the broiler these days in the refrigerated section.
It is changing in Asia as well. Bird flu can leads to farmers killing all the birds for vector control and butchers closing for a couple days for disinfection. It is just too expensive even if the meat is the same, so they are really used only for high end restaurants or special dishes where freshness is key (chicken soup, sous vide plain whole chicken (flavored when dipping), etc. You don't waste them for orange chicken.
There's the legend here in the San Francisco Bay Area about an old Chinese woman buying a live chicken in San Francisco Chinatown. It changes depending on who tells it, but this gist is that she bought a chicken and tried to take it on MUNI's 30 Stockton bus. When the driver says "You can't bring a live chicken on the bus", she wrings its neck or slams it on a fire hydrant and says "chicken's dead now".
Sounds like an urban legend to me.
I used to go to chicken butcher when I was a kid and the process is a lot harder than a fish. You do want the butcher to do it for you. Even in Asia most people don't do it themselves.
Also you don't snap the neck of a chicken on a fire hydrant. You can just twist it 360 degree if you insist. It would taste bad if you just leave it like that on a bus ride without draining the blood though. That sort of defeat the purpose of buying a fresh chicken. Even in Asia people don't do that.
I have no issue with game that is hunted for food. The deer population in NC is a constant danger to motorists. When I lived on a farm in very rural South Dakota we were overrun with rabbits. We hunted them and my aunt and grandmother were both very adept at cooking them. The local river was full of catfish and we fished there frequently. In the fall the pheasants got fat in the cornfields and we took plenty of them too.
Scuba divers in the warm waters of the Caribbean have a new source of food, Lion fish. They are non-indigenous and are voracious feeders. They are destroying the habitat. Spear fishing takes a tiny amount compared to how many there are. They are very edible but should be handled with care.
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