We’ve been giving away tons of Nugget swag lately, and with another awesome prize today—our “I Am Not a Nugget” tank—I want to share a story with you guys about a real-life “Nugget.”
One day, my phone rings, and my friend Alex tells me how his grandma was walking to the store and saw a bird on the side of the road. Now, this little old Ukrainian lady had gone through some serrrrriously rough times before moving to America, speaks barely any English, and was already pressed for time. But she stopped what she was doing and also got several passersby to stop and help her. Then she crawled into the ditch and rescued this scared, filthy chicken.
The hen had definitely been used for egg production, and our guess was that this poor bird had fallen off a transport truck and been left to die of starvation or shock on the side of the road. Not only did she have the telltale beak of a factory-farmed bird—the tips are seared off with a hot blade, usually without the use of any kind of painkillers—one of her wings had also been worn down to the bones, most likely from constantly rubbing against her tiny, cramped cage.
When I picked up this sweet girl from Alex to take her to Farm Sanctuary’s Animal Acres, his grandma was crying. The hen had taken to her, and the two ladies would sit for hours, the kind older woman gently petting her new feathered friend, who would made soft little noises, content to experience love and tenderness probably for the first time in her life.
This story has a happy ending, but so many don’t. So, what’s the point? The point is that anyone can help animals—anyone can take a minute to show them some affection. Sure Nugget is awesome and totes adorbs, but we should never forget the truly heartbreaking reality of what chickens—and all animals—endure to end up on our table in the form of products that we don’t need!
With much respect to my homeboy’s kindhearted grams, this week I want you to tell us who in your life has inspired you to love and care for animals. Leave your shirt size, too, and we’ll pick our winner soon.
*The winner will be chosen at random from submitted animal-friendly comments in which the commenters tell us who has inspired their love for animals. Entries must be received by September 11, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on September 13, 2012.