Passing strange, innit, how in these proto-Apocalyptic times a topic so previously innocuous as the humble yardbird should come to seize so much of a once-great nation’s attention. Today, we have a cpl-three of such stories dominating the news cycle. First up, something I’m going to preemptively declare the feel-good story of the week.
Close call for animal rights protester after neck chained, pinned to duck slaughter line in Petaluma
Yes, I know, I know, it’s ducks, not chickens. Whatevs.
PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) — Officials now say approximately 80 protesters attempting to stop operations at a duck farm in Petaluma were arrested on Monday.
Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, with help from several nearby police departments, arrested members of Direct Action Everywhere (DXE), after they trespassed onto Reichardt Duck Farm.
According to a press release by the Sonoma County District Attorney, two to three hundred protesters were bused to the farm that morning and illegally entered the farm grounds.
A smaller group headed for the processing line where they stopped a conveyor belt, removed the ducks and used bike locks to attach themselves to the conveyer belt.
Unfortunately, the belt was switched back on by someone and it moved as protesters were still attached.
In the handout video provided by animal rights group Condition One, protesters scream for the belt to be stopped.
One man can be seen, his face turning red seemingly struggling to breathe, in distress.
Regrettably, the douchebag survived. Ah well, better luck next time. Next up, looks like the flood-tide of illegal crossings at our southern border has mysteriously reversed direction.
Ill’egg’al Immigration? Black Market for Eggs Growing at Southern Border, Seizures Up 300%
Think about your mindset only three years ago. Did you ever envision an America where eggs would cost as much, if not more, than a pack of cigarettes? In your wildest dreams, did you ever think that there would be a black market for eggs? There are a lot of eggs-cellent theories as to the eggs-tenuating circumstances on why this is now a reality, and eggs-citing wouldn’t be the way to describe it.
Okay, I apologize. I’m done. Please eggs-cuse me.
KENS – San Antonio reported that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that they’ve “seen a 300% increase in egg seizures within the past month.”
What’s even crazier is that the inflation that President Joe Biden’s regime downplays as not a big deal now has Americans looking to Mexico for groceries because of the economic and agricultural failures of said regime.
“I think we’re getting lot of new travelers that are going abroad to get their grocery lists stocked up because of the current increase of prices,” CBP public affairs specialist Francisco Rodriguez said.
People are literally trying to smuggle eggs into the U.S. from Mexico because of the outrageous prices in some areas for a carton of a dozen eggs.
While the price of a dozen eggs is much higher than the national average, that average — as of December 2022 — the price for “Large white, Grade A chicken eggs, sold in a carton of a dozen” was at $4.250. That national average, according to Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), is $1.284 more than the previous high for a dozen eggs, recorded during former President Barack Obama’s administration in September 2015.
For context, FRED has data on the price eggs going back to January of 1980. That means that the current price of eggs is the highest on record — and it’s not even close.
When data collection began in January 1980, the price of eggs was $0.879 a dozen. The price ebbed and flowed over the years, never reaching above $2 per dozen until the second term of former President George W. Bush.
Our federal government needs to stop “allegedly” manipulating the supply through strangulating legislation and allow farmers to farm as they see fit.
Okay, now that’s just crazy talk. Lastly, if you think the price of eggs is bad now, just you wait.
Estimated 100,000 hens killed in Connecticut farm fire, officials say
An estimated 100,000 hens died in a weekend fire at a Connecticut farm owned by one of the country’s largest egg producers, Connecticut officials confirmed Monday. It’s one of several such fires that have killed millions of chickens around the country over the past decade.
The blaze Saturday at the Hillandale Farms property in Bozrah, about 30 miles southeast of Hartford, drew dozens of firefighters from the area and took hours to put out. The cause remains under investigation. No people were injured.
The state Department of Agriculture said it appears approximately 100,000 egg-laying hens died. It credited farm employees and emergency responders with preventing more hen deaths by containing the fire to one of the farm’s several buildings.
The agency also said the impact on egg prices was expected to be “minimal to none.”
Remember, this is a government “expert” talking here, so you can be assured that this assertion is one hundred percent true and accurate.
Shame they turned the conveyor back off.
Ditto. A real shame.
My daughter has chickens. She gets about half a dozen eggs a day. Soon, she’ll be rich 🙂
I could get some chickens I suppose. But having to build secure facilities and put up with those nasty birds gives me 2nd thoughts about the venture. If I thought I could manage it like my grandma, where the birds ran free and ate on their own I might give it a try.
Oh, my brother LOVES his. He pets them on the neck and head like a cat or dog; when they’re not in the coop they follow him around the yard everywhere he goes, clucking and gabbling away. It’s too funny.
Yea, well, he’d get along with my daughter, son in law, and grandsons. I have taken care of them when they are on one of those week long baseball trips…
Yuck. Good to eat though 🙂