CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
About 100,000 baby chickens died after a fire quickly engulfed a large coop at a processing facility in Riverside County, officials said Wednesday. The 4-day old chicks were trapped inside the 200-foot-long structure as more than two dozen firefighters in eight engine companies responded to the incident in the 1900 block of Warren Road in San Jacinto, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Fire crews quickly began battling the intense flames after the blaze was reported about 5:30 a.m Wedesday.
November 26, 2003
I saw the headline "Wood-Chipped Chickens Fuel Outrage" (Nov. 22) out of the corner of my eye while reading another story. My mind struggled to translate ... was it a new way of preparing poultry? Then it hit me: 30,000 live chickens had been subjected to a wood chipper. I'm still nauseated by the hideous cruelty. I realize there is horror all over the paper, and I'm not asking you to filter it. I just want to be on the record as someone who finds this act, sanctioned by a vet, disgusting, evil and wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 |
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual. The action was taken after animal rights activists and some faith leaders protested the practice, known as kaparot , throughout the Jewish High Holy Days, saying it was inhumane. A state investigator determined that the facilities were slaughterhouses operating without licenses, in violation of law, said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
April 12, 2013 |
Julie Burleigh has designed highly tailored organic gardens for clients all over Los Angeles, but at home in West Adams, her personal garden reflects a more freewheeling sensibility. Easy-care California natives and hearty gray-blue aloes snipped from a neighbor's yard share space with giant ageratum with ethereal, lavender-colored flowers, and herbs such as African blue basil and winter savory. Bright red geraniums, figs and other familiar plantings are interspersed with less common white sage and the aromatic edible lovage, which tastes like celery and can be harvested for soups and salads.
May 22, 2009 |
Seeking to buy eggs produced in a more humane way, McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that it would undertake a large-scale study involving tens of thousands of hens. But the Humane Society of the United States said the study probably would delay any significant move by McDonald's into the U.S. cage-free egg market -- a step some of its rivals have taken. Most eggs produced in the U.S.
June 15, 2009 |
Jen Lynch and her family live in the heart of the city but roll out of bed to the sound of clucking chickens. Their day starts with cleaning coops, scooping out feed and hunting for eggs for morning omelets. Eight families in a three-block radius and an estimated 150 families citywide do the same. "It's our slice of rural life, minus the barns," said Jen Lynch, 35, as Flicka the chicken pecked at her backyard lawn.
September 25, 2010 |
Fluffy, white broiler chickens pecked around the backyard while a group of two dozen people — a set of knives laid out before them — eyed them warily. Jordan Dawdy, his arm bearing tattoos of chickens and other farm animals, gave the crowd the run-down: Snap the neck, cut off the head, drain the blood, pluck, gut, done. He has the whole process down to seven minutes. The group shifted uneasily and prepared to dive in. Dawdy's "Yard to Skillet" workshops are booked full in this college town of 100,000.
March 1, 2010 |
One evening last spring, Chris Cunningham was sitting on his patio enjoying a cocktail and observing the state bird of Georgia, the brown thrasher. It was out in the yard doing whatever it is that thrashers do when Cunningham was seized by a thought. "The brown thrasher hasn't really done anything for Georgia," he said to his wife. "But the chicken is huge." It has certainly been good to Cunningham. He is the owner of Wife Saver Inc., a regional chain of family restaurants whose claim to fame -- aside from a name that is either chauvinistic or chivalric, depending on your perspective -- is its fried chicken box, a beloved culinary staple of football tailgaters and post-church suppers in this part of Georgia since the 1960s.
March 13, 2010 |
Hundreds of genetic mutations accumulated over thousands of years have transformed the red jungle fowl of South Asia into the domesticated chickens that are a fixture on farms -- and dining tables -- worldwide, according to a scientific analysis of poultry DNA published this week in the journal Nature. Swedish and American scientists identified about 7.5 million genetic variations between domesticated chickens and the jungle fowl, their primary wild ancestor. Then the scientists zeroed in on a few dozen differences that seemed particularly important based on their frequent prevalence in eight distinct populations of birds raised for meat or eggs.