Getting to know chickens: Myths of humane meat, domestication, and developing respect for farm animals

smcoverOn this show we talk to Hope Bohanec, who has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement. She is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns as well as the Executive Director of Compassionate Living, a Sonoma County, California based vegan outreach organization.

Hope has been fighting against industrial and local “humane” industries, where she has researched and written in The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?.

We talk about being an educator in the animal protection movement, the history of domesticated animals, including fowl, and the “humane” myths pervading popular discourse.

It is important to understand construction of certain animals as food and longstanding cultural beliefs. Chickens have been a part of human culture for thousands of years, through language, literature, and entertainment. The species has been predominately constructed as a “normal” food source in the West, even though chickens were not native to North America. It’s amazing how overlooked such a species is because in our modern times we see the chicken as a commodity with one purpose – food.

We stand with those working to dismantle these long standing embedded ways of viewing farm animals. 


Painting by Mary Britton Clouse “Ginna’s Quest” oil on canvas board 17″ x 12″

Learn more about Hope’s writing in The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?

Check out the chicken advocacy work United Poultry Concerns are doing.

Learn more about chickens from the The National Museum of Animals & Society’s exhibit called “Uncooped – Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken”

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