I can't actually watch this programme (on tonight) because it would absolutely kill me, but I saw Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (that's a mouthful) on Richard and Judy advertising this show where he sets up his own intensive chicken farm.
Why! I couldn't watch even the clip, but even with my eyes closed I could still hear the poor crippled chicken being put down and it made me cry. He said he felt sad about it, but he didn't HAVE to do that. If he wanted to see how intensive farming worked, he could have snuck in, put on a disguise, got someone else a job at a farm undercover. It seems to me that a lot of chefs LIKE killing animals, and like eating exotic types of animals as well.
The people who work in the battery farm environment are inhuman. I have no sympathy for farmers losing money- they make money from killing. I don't believe 'meat is murder' (mainly because the other line is 'death for no reason is murder' and that's not true either) but it is still morally abhorrent to kill another living creature. I couldn't do it. Free range is obviously a million times better, bu I don't subscribe to this 'but they had a good life' theory either. I could have a good life living on a farm, and still be disgruntled by the end of it being punctuated by my trusted carer snapping my neck.
BUT I'm not a vegetarian. In fact, chicken is my favourite food. I haven't got a leg to stand on, except to say I only eat ten things and chicken is the healthiest thing I eat. I have masses of respect for vegetarians like my brother. I think it is endlessly brave.
I'd like to hear other people's impressions of this show but Richard was right, there is something of the concentration camp about battery farming, so I can't watch. I'm shamed to say my head will remain in the sand.
Buy free range if you can. In the future no one will eat meat. But it's a way off.