What could we learn from this tragedy if we focused, instead, on the millions of animals that had been excluded from the death toll and the massive farming systems that had kept them there? That was the question we came to ask.
All around the world, birds raised for meat are treated as units of production. Young birds die from injury, they are crushed in machinery and in transport, their bodies – manipulated to grow at unnaturally fast rates – fail them when they are just weeks old. Every part of their lives is mechanized, a step on a production line.