Urban Adamah is “a community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center located in Berkeley, CA” and “integrates urban organic farming, direct social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning.” The farm scheduled a ritual kosher slaughter workshop to take place on Sunday, May 3rd. The hens who were to be murdered were only two years young. The reason why the hens were to be killed? They were not producing as many eggs as the farm would have liked!
After learning of the workshop, United Poultry Concerns, the Jewish Vegetarians of North America and local activists decided to plan a protest demonstration during the workshop. UPC issued the following statement:
“Slaughtering these hens simply because they no longer lay enough eggs is an insult to the females of any species. Two-year-old hens are young and healthy, and there is no justification at all for the community center to kill them, especially when loving homes are waiting. Rather, the community center should gratefully grant these hens the love, compassion, and justice it movingly proclaims.” — Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns.
In response, Urban Adamah wrote this on their Facebook page:
Sunday Chicken Workshop Cancelled
We regret to inform you that we are canceling our shechita (ritual chicken killing) workshop planned for this Sunday. Our landlord has asked us to cancel the event. We do not have explicit permission in our lease for this activity. It has also become clear that there is a significant protest being organized outside the farm during the workshop. The noise and disruption expected from the protesters would very likely have caused undue stress to the chickens and the program participants, and prevent us from holding a safe, educational and compassionate workshop. We believe this program has significant merit and fits into Urban Adamah’s overall mission. We cannot, however, move ahead as planned given the current circumstances.
So protestors would cause your chickens undue stress, but a mass killing wouldn’t cause undue stress? Do they think the chickens would have remained calm during the mass murder? I find it incredibly hard to believe that UA genuinely thinks that animals remain stress-free while they are being killed. And if the welfare of your animals is ultimately so important to you, then why do you want to kill them at all? Especially in light of the fact that sanctuaries have offered to take the hens and let them live out their natural lives!
So glad this workshop was cancelled.