When you have 305 million chickens on the Eastern Shore, that's a lot of poultry waste polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
Our fast-growing, heavy-breasted birds can't even mate anymore.
Factory farming hurts poultry producers, consumers, and the environment.
Even under normal conditions, as the latest tainted chicken scare illustrates, we're giving food safety short shrift.
From dangerous new rules at slaughterhouses to the rock-bottom wages fast-food workers get paid, there are many reasons to lay off this kind of poultry.
The USDA proposal for poultry plants would make a bad situation worse.
The government intends to spread a failed pilot program that decreased food safety to every hog plant in the nation.
If farms and slaughterhouses are rife with repulsive and sadistic abuses, why should we pass laws to help hide it?