PETA Accuses Monks of 'Un-Christian' Farming

Group wants Candian abbey to give up its chickens
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2009 1:52 PM CST
Chickens stand in their cage at the Rose Acre Farms, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, near Stuart, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – PETA is waging a campaign to get monks at a Canadian monastery to reform farming practices the group decries as inhumane. "It denies God to treat animals this way," said a PETA official of the New Brunswick abbey, which produces about 300,000 chickens yearly. The campaign has been relatively tame so far, with the group asking supporters to write polite letters and refrain from telephoning the monastery.

PETA claims the monastery crams chickens into crowded confines and unnaturally stimulates accelerated growth. The animal-rights group recently convinced an American monastery to stop raising chickens, but the New Brunswick abbey's father is having none of it: "I don't want to talk about PETA," he told a Globe and Mail reporter. "We follow the government norms."

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