More tears for chickens - why do I react that way when I see the hell factory animals are put through - mainly chickens? I received my adoption papers on Mr. Pickles, a glossy photo, and info on Farm Sanctuary. If you haven't been following, my wonderful boss adopted a rescue chicken, Mr. Pickles, for me as a Christmas gift -- I'm still ecstatic over it. In the info I received for Farm Sancutary, was a story and picture about Betty. Tears started running down my face as soon as I saw her. She's a rescued battery caged, egg laying hen. (If you are unfamiliar with factory farming egg layers, please, please, please read this and never buy "cheap" eggs again!) She has no beak -- that's where the tears started. I knew about the debeaking for many years (thus, I haven't eaten chicken since I first learned about the torture reading Fast Food Nation), but it hit home when I saw this beautiful, happy bird - without a beak. They say she's doing fine and is eating well, but its SO sad to see. I think part of the reason it hurts so much is because I live in the middle of battery-caged egg country. About a mile from my home, are 11 HUGE chicken buildings, and while I've never been inside, my husband has and its stuffed with caged birds. And I'm helpless! There's absolutely nothing I can do for them. The company that uses the eggs is a huge agribusiness - Michael Foods. Local grocery stores sell the eggs with "Local Hegins Valley Eggs" on the carton! Now there's a reason NOT to buy local! Please, only buy cage-free eggs, (or don't eat eggs and chicken?). Maybe there should be some "real" pictures on the egg cartons -- caged, debeaked birds - not "local" eggs.