I agree wholeheartedly. There is no question that growing your own poultry and/or veggies is the best way to go and whenever possible people should do it. Unfortunately, some people don’t have the space or time for it.
I must admit that when it comes to animals, I feel for them, even for those that bite or scratch. And unless we speak up for them they don’t have a voice. So I must admit, my main concern is animal welfare. I cannot see why we can’t treat them well while they are alive, even though they are livestock and eventually end up on our tables. Having nice free-range eggs is guaranteed when we farm them humanely. I think free-range should be the only way chickens are kept and for those folk that cannot keep chickens, they should buy them from people that can keep them free-range.
However, we don’t live in an ideal world and we have to fight for these better options; they are not always handed to us on a platter, so to speak. In fact hardly anything is handed to us on a platter these days. Everything is a struggle. But what is the alternative? Having to accept a substandard produce? For me personally there is no contest.