November 27, 2015 |
Based on its propensity to steal other birds' fish, Ben Franklin once judged the eagle "a rank coward" and "a bird of bad moral character. " He was therefore pleased that one official rendition of the national symbol looked more like a turkey, "a bird of courage" that, according to Franklin, "would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on. " While Thanksgiving as a national festival...
October 19, 2013 |
A central Pennsylvania chicken factory accused this week of treating newborn chicks cruelly has denied the allegations made by an animal-rights organization. "Over my 40 years as a chicken farmer, I always strive to be the leading advocate of humane treatment for all animals," Scott Sechler, owner of Lebanon County-based Bell & Evans, wrote in a letter on the firm's website. "We've never strayed from humane animal best practices. " Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based nonprofit that says its mission is preventing animal cruelty and promoting vegetarianism, released a video this week recorded by an undercover investigator who spent several weeks working in the Bell & Evans hatchery in Fredericksburg.
June 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Fire swept through a poultry processing plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a slaughterhouse with only a single open exit and killing at least 119 people in one of the country's worst industrial disasters in years. Survivors described panic as workers, mostly women, struggled through smoke and flames to reach doors that turned out to be locked or blocked. One worker, Guo Yan, 39, said the emergency exit at her workstation could not be opened and she was knocked to the ground in the crush of workers searching for a way to escape.
April 22, 2013
Emotions linger after disasters Kaitlyn Greeley burst into tears when a car backfired the other day. She's afraid to take her usual train to work at a Boston hospital. "This is how people live every day in other countries. But I'm not used to it here," said Greeley, 27, a technician at Tufts Medical Center, who was on duty Monday when part of the hospital was briefly evacuated even as blast victims were being treated in the ER. Anger, crying jags, and nightmares are all normal for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and witnesses to the mayhem.
July 18, 2011 |
Along the shopping strip of Woodland Avenue, between the pizza shop and an abandoned building, a wind chime carved with the Chinese symbol for luck dangles in the doorway, next to a well-used fly strip. In walks a young woman chatting in Spanish on her cellphone. A regular, she passes through a second glass door to the middle of the store, stands in front of a wall of cages that house live chickens, and picks out a plump red pullet. A clerk holds the prized poultry by its feet and places it on the scale.
June 9, 2011
Roast chicken redux If Boston Chicken's sad chain birds long ago ruined take-out chicken for me, Philly's new poultry roast-master, Rotisseur, has given the genre new life. At this rustic-chic 21st Street nook, hormone- and antibiotic-free Lancaster County chickens get a secret brine ("I make a concoction," co-owner Aaron Matzkin says, "with quite a bit of Japanese ingredients. . . . ") before spit-roasting to a superb juiciness that is chicken at its straightforward, sauce-less best.
April 1, 2010 |
WHICH CAME first, the local, pasture-raised, free-roaming chicken, or the brown, heritage-breed organic egg? Most of us eat chicken and eggs regularly. The question is, what are we getting for our money? Where have those chicken and eggs been, and what are your options if you want to branch out from the mass-produced varieties that dominate most supermarket offerings? Whether you're a newly minted locavore, or a longtime proponent of the buy-fresh, buy-local movement, the notion of supporting smaller farms and producers is gaining popularity, driven by everything from creative chefs to the Food Network's nonstop foodie programming.
August 2, 2009 |
Tevis Goldhaft, 95, a South Jersey veterinarian and business executive, died of heart failure July 20 at the Quadrangle, the retirement community in Haverford. "He was one of the world's foremost authorities on poultry diseases, and he traveled all over the world speaking on the subject of managing poultry diseases and preventing them," daughter Linda Johnson said. A 1986 Inquirer article reported that Dr. Goldhaft's father, Arthur, had grown up in the Alliance Colony in Cumberland County in South Jersey, "considered to be the first all-Jewish farm settlement in America.
February 12, 2008 |
The first hint of trouble was captured by surveillance cameras: Four males entering Northeast High School at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. At 4:30 a.m. yesterday, the school building engineer found a trail of what appeared to be sawdust leading from his office down the hallway. That's when he spotted the first chickens. "I turned on the light, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw 12 chickens in a circle," Michael Cice said. "Big, huge chickens. "I looked down the other end of the hallway and I saw more chickens.
November 16, 2006 |
Already known as a major poultry producer and a magnet for illegal immigrants, this quiet southern Delaware town now has new celebrity: movie stardom. Nearly 500 townspeople - Hispanics and Anglos alike - packed an auditorium at Delaware Technical and Community College on Monday night to see Estamos Aqui (We Are Here), a new documentary about the surge of Guatemalan immigrants here. The sympathetic portrayal, by a Wilmington film company, juxtaposed the poverty of the immigrants' homeland in the highlands of San Marcos, Guatemala, with the relative prosperity they have found in Delaware.