Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Chickens Have Better Legislation Enforcement for Humane Treatment Than Seniors

Recently, several organizations have risen up to call for more HUMANE TREATMENT for chickens on farms where they spend their lives in squalor.

One entry can be found on the MSPCA website describing conditions similar to humans living in many Long Term Care Facilities:


The article sites conditions that affect the physical and emotional abilities of the chickens to lead a "normal life".


SADLY, we fail to site the conditions within many Long Term Care Facilities leading to abnormal lives for our elderly population who must have this type of care.


Chickens react to mistreatment -- HUMANS REACT TO MISTREATMENT.


Humane Societies  and other private animal rights organizations were formed to protect animals and they're becoming more and more effective in shutting down puppy mills, rescuing abused animals and providing better living conditions overall.


WHEN WILL WE RECOGNIZE THE CURRENT SYSTEM IS STAGNANT, INEFFECTIVE AND CREATES LIVING CONDITIONS WE DON'T TOLERATE FOR ANIMALS BUT ALLOW FOR OUR LOVED ONES?


Even Encylopedia Britannica Advocacy has "jumped on" the bandwagon for chickens 


This is a section from the entry on the above site. JUST INSERT THE WORD "SENIOR" FOR CHICKEN:


"Chickens are sociable, intelligent animals. Studies have shown that they are able to solve problems and, unlike young children, grasp the permanence of objects (they understand that objects taken from view continue to exist). Their natural behavior includes living in stable groups of 30 or so that employ a social hierarchy (the origin of the term pecking order). The chickens in a given flock all know and recognize each other. Their communal activities include scratching and pecking for food, running around, taking dust baths, and resting. They crow and chirp in a range of some 30 meaningful vocalizations. Chickens also have a strong urge to nest, and, like most animal mothers, they nurture their young attentively and affectionately. A hen carefully tends her eggs in the nest, turning them up to five times an hour and clucking to them; remarkably, the unborn chicks chirp back to her and to one another."


WOW!  Who knew? 

The article goes on to talk about how the chickens react -- often upset, angry, fighting. How they live in the excrement and how they get sick.


EXACTLY THE CHALLENGES MENTIONED IN THIS BLOG FOR SENIORS IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES.


Seniors are often confined -- some are restrained, some have their walkers taken away and limited in movement by wheelchairs that function poorly, are ill fitted to their bodies and then an "alarm" is attached to them or their chair so they can't go very far.


Seniors are placed in "groups" not of their choosing or where they're comfortable. Assigned to tables day after day and not allowed to chose where they'll sit; a placard shows their name and that's where they're expected to sit. Placed in areas or left in their rooms, isolated and without activity and human touch except when Staff find the time in their busy schedules or overworked aides and short staffing numbers cannot provide adequate attention or assistance.


Seniors left to "GO" -- to urinate or to defecate in their paper pants that barely hold what is passed and told to do so. Short staffing and sometimes "targeted" neglect due to infringements staff believe on their time or the "rules" of a facility result in the resident being noted as INCONTINENT BY BOWEL OR BLADDER OR BOTH when they're actually being neglected.


Seniors provided with flimsy paper pants of the lowest quality simply to cut corners and provide funds so Administrators and Executives can have larger salaries and even benefits including private club memberships where they "supposedly" mingle to get more "donations" and "funds" and "clients".


QUESTION:  Where's the outcry? Where's the uproar? Where are we as a society when we protect our animals and children but not our Seniors?


WHAT DO OUR PRACTICES SHOW ABOUT US AS THE SUPPOSED LEADING NATION ON EARTH ECONOMICALLY? 


If we cannot provide for and protect the most vulnerable


If we do not act and respond effectively and completely to their needs


If we fail to provide for them -- what will happen to the rest of us 


   when we reach their age and stage of life?


Life is precious in all its stages. Pass this concept on. Work for change.


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