31 Aug '12, 6am

Brazilian Town Gathers for the Funeral of a Kidnapped Chicken

Each day, an estimated 100 million chickens are killed throughout the world, with most meeting an unceremonious end to their unappreciated little lives. For one particular chicken in Brazil, however, whose feathered existence was needlessly cut short recently, quite the opposite is true -- not because she was so special, but simply because she was loved. Five years ago in the town of Patos, retiree Genecira de Oliveira and her daughter helped hatch what would become their new pet -- a fluffy young chick they named Rafinha. And although she was by all accounts not your typical animal companion, the Oliveiras doted upon the chicken like she truly was a member of the family, earning the bird a pleasant reputation in the community. But sadly, not everyone looked at Rafinha as a vessel of affection. Last week, a thief broke into the Oliveira's home and chicken-napped their belo...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/thousands-gather-mourn-...

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