09 Feb '12, 11pm

Bald Chickens: Scientific Breakthrough, or Animal Cruelty? | Care2 Causes

Bald Chickens: Scientific Breakthrough, or Animal Cruelty? | Care2 Causes

Scientists at Hebrew University in Israel have successfully created a breed of featherless, fast-growing chickens . The birds are not genetically modified , but instead the result of selective breeding of a natural mutation. While this may seem like a strange trait to deliberately breed into a chicken, researchers claim there are many reasons why bald chickens are necessary. They point to the fact that fast-growing “boiler chickens” produce excessive body heat and may suffer tremendously in warmer climates, so the lack of feathers would make these creatures more comfortable. They may also be leaner and grow faster, which might improve the quality of meat and result in a cost savings. The lack of feathers means that the birds won’t need to be plucked after they’re slaughtered, which not only saves time, claim the researchers – it reduces pollution. Plucking contaminates lar...

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