Treasure Island

O Anna Niemus


38 Chicken Haiku Attempts


Some sad stories of captive birds
and captive humans:


CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

30,000 baby chicks
are sent through a Ward Egg
Farm chipper
by workers too tired to continue
individual strangling.


CONNECTICUT

In Connecticut, Michael Ross
who strangled 8 women is murdered
by the state. As a little
boy his father forced him to strangle baby
chicks on his father's poultry farm

KENTUCKY

Kentucky based Yum foods
the world's largest restaurant
conglomerate
owns KFC whose birds have their
throats slit. They are often dropped
alive into boiling water.

ARKANSAS

In Arkansas, a million chickens
die as the electricity goes out
and the metal sheds become
140 degree ovens


WISCONSIN

Senator Russ Feingold seeks to
remove minimal animal protection
for chickens, so that baby chicks
may be sent classified as mail...
smashed on loading docks
... for the regulations say
they can be shipped in cardboard boxes
.. dying, some of thirst or freezing or
stress



MAINE

DeCoster Farms, of Turner, Maine
was fined a pittance: $50,000 in June 1988
for nearly 200 labor law infractions. In
in 1992 their virtual slavery of
100 workers from Central America was exposed.
http: //www.worldanimalnet.org

OHIO

At Ohio Fresh Egg in Croton,
one half million chickens are bulldozed
alive into graves after a tornado
destroys their metal shed. They
were alive 9 days without food or
water in their tornado smashed
cages before the final suffocation.
*****
(Buckeye became Agrigeneral and then
Ohio Fresh Egg)
http: //www.poetwill.org


VIRGINIA

In Newport News, a little woman
chicken's head is severed and
comes out whole as a McNugget

IOWA

Senators Charles Grassley and Tom
Harkin join
Feingold.. baby chicks males
classified as commercial mail

MARYLAND

In Salisbury Maryland
at the Perdue slaughterhouse
cranes dropp boxes full
of chickens into the street..
some die immediately
.. some run in traffic and
are turned into pancakes

PENNSYLVANIA

Cars are lined up behind
a chicken truck.. chickens
crammed into crates
their broken necks and wings
flapping in the wind.

IDAHO

Factory farms
buy older laying
hens.
Every egg represents
32 hours the mother
was held captive in a cage.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Chickens are fed back
the boiled feathers of
their slaughtered sisters.

TEXAS

Chickens are fed
as elsewhere.. the
waste of animals
mixed in with grain.
It is called wastelage.

OHIO

An EPA worker sinks neck
deep into quicksand like chicken
waste. Her life is saved
as she grabs onto pipes overhead.

TENNESSEE

The debeaking of chickens
so that they will not peck
each other to death from
the overcrowding.. sometimes
catches the chicken's tongue
in the debeaker.

MICHIGAN

Chickens live their entire
lives without spreading
their wings.. or taking
a stretch.

WYOMING

Chickens freeze to death
after given forced molting
chemicals.

COLORADO

Every egg requires 120 gallons
of production water.

MASSACHUSETTS

Every egg served in a hospital
is 275 mg to 300 mg of
brain and heart artery clogging
cholesterol.

MINNESOTA

Fixing eggs for her family
a housewife sees a skillet
full of beaks, claws,
and blood.. from fertilized
eggs.

GEORGIA

Eggs amount for
a large percentage of food
poisoning cases, yet the CDC
runs no warning public service spots.

LOUISIANA AND ELSEWHERE

Chickens are given cattle
parts.. which generates
Mad Chicken or Avian Spongiform
Encephalopathy. The USDA
does not enforce the law.

NEW MEXICO

An old man lies in pain
with arthritis, as uric
acid or trioxypurine from
a chicken's flesh has
crystallized around his joints
in needle formation

MISSOURI

Flies are sent by God
to process the 'biblical
plague' of chicken waste
in factory farms.


VERMONT

The use of female hormones
in the food and the
constant stress from living
in 24 hour a day light
and crowding.. create cancer.

WASHINGTON DC

Easter chicks for protection
are taken by children to
the zoo.. and are fed
behind the scenes to snakes

NEW YORK

Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander
ends his KFC commercials..
after viewing PETA films
of chicken slaughterhouses


SINGING

A woman neighbor to a factory
farm said the chickens she
raised used to sing when
they were given fresh straw.
The chickens she lives near
she says.. never sing.

WASHINGTON DC

Ronald Reagan passed legislation
to double the speed of slaughterhouse
lines.. cancer ridden or dead chickens whiz past
inspectors.

GERMANY

A man is barred from
farming because workers
in his chicken factory farm
nearly died from his illegal
use of nicotine insecticide. He is
convicted also of animal cruelty.
He is invited by Senator Voinovich's
red carpet (bloodsoaked) to Ohio.

NEBRASKA

Fish in Kentucky rivers and lakes
show sexual deformities
as factory farm urine containing
female hormones pervades waters.

OKLAHOMA

At a Tyson franchisee poultry
farm and many other places,
the chickens are so crowded their
claws grow under the wire mesh
making them immobile
while above them swirl their
molted feathers like a mobile

MARYLAND

Frank Purdue ordered
as a little boy to
kill his pet chick
as his father prepared
him for a life of avicide

Later he would give millions
of dollars to the Univ of Maryland
in return for ther beginning
a course teaching students
to raise nurture and then kill
and skin rabbits.

In addition his Eastern shore
short line railroads are
paid for with taxes stolen
from the people of Maryland.


ALABAMA AND ELSEWHERE

Baby chick males in other
places are dropped into
bins of swirling knives called eviscerators..
for in the chicken business it will
be women spending their lives in cages

EVERYWHERE

In many hospices everywhere
people lie dying of leukemia..
professionals
label chicken cancer leukosis
to obscure its transmission to
human beings who eat them

UTAH

1/2 million chickens are
crammed in at just 1 of
Utah's many factory farms.


GENEVA SWITZERLAND

Roche markets Tamiflu for
the socalled avian flu which
in many cases is Mad Chicken Disease

REHOVOT JERUSALEM

Lab researchers are working
on creating featherless chickens
to save the time and expense
of plucking


Many of these descriptions of one state
apply to all places there are factory farms.

Submitted: Sunday, June 01, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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  • Roland Bastien (6/6/2008 7:51:00 PM)

    Some sad stories of captive birds
    and captive humans

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    I love the title - Bankei, a Japanese Monk and poet (16e century) will love it (Report) Reply

  • Ron Dragano (6/1/2008 9:46:00 AM)

    The collage of news bits into this poetry
    Sings out
    Without pushing and preachng,
    'just the facts' speaking for themselves
    Cry out (Report) Reply

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