Interestingly, the overseas media has provided a revealing story about despicable activities in our own backyard. This article on the BBC (see link, below) describes the blatant manipulation of animals at a chicken farm in Alaska. Evidently it's not enough to breed farm animals selectively, fatten them up in pens or cages, and slaughter them for special human holidays. Now we're going to dye them flourescent colors for the kids to watch - Happy Eating - I mean, Easter!
While the ongoing occupation of Iraq may seem more compelling, dominating nature through animal manipulation is still part of the equation of global injustice and abuse of power. The chicken, pork, and beef that so many of us dine on every night is an all-too significant part of the domination of the globe.
As for the specific content of this article, it is doubtful that children would learn anything from the experience except that it's ok for humans to use animals as we see fit. If we can inject them with dye to make them turn funny colors, then why not hormones, antibiotics, etc? Unfortunately, this particular poultry farm has chosen to clothe itself in politically correct trappings (the BBC article contains a link to the farm's website; they portray themselves as some kind of kinder, gentler slaughterhouse).
No doubt lots of folks pat themselves on the back for eating "free roaming" animals, but it is unlikely that the chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. feel any happier about it when their day comes to die. "Gee, you've lived a more satisfying, fulfilling life, aren't you ready to die so some lazy humans can have some cheap protein?"
For a non-utilitarian alternative viewpoint to the manipulation and slaughter of animals, check out the following site: