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Editor:

Almost all schools of ethics agree that extreme suffering is bad. If your ethics are based on the alleviation of suffering, then trying to end the intensive farming of broiler chickens is a great place to start. Chickens on intensive farms (also known as factory farms) lead short lives of confinement, disease and pain. This is followed by slaughter by exsanguination, which sometimes fails to kill the chicken immediately, causing the birds to be boiled alive as reported in a 2013 article by The Washington Post: "Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show."

Around 40 billion chickens are raised on factory farms each year. This is an astounding amount of suffering and one of the main moral crises of our time. There are several things you can do to help these chickens. You can support the development of non-animal meat (cellular agriculture) by donating to organizations like New Harvest, and you can stop purchasing meat at the grocery store. You can also speak up and voice your moral objection to the suffering that these chickens endure.

Matthew Collins, Hudson Falls

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