The Living, Breathing Bird

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Something interesting to note about this hen is her beak. It has been "tipped" - a process where the baby chick's beak is held for a moment to a red hot iron, before being tossed onto a conveyor belt with countless others. Overcrowded factory chickens tear themselves and each other to shreds if their naturally sharp-pointed beaks are not burned off early in their short lives.

Compared to the deaths of this bird's peers, her life's end, documented in the following images, had dignity.