I don't think you can say that, actually. Most of us on this thread are quite animal-sensitive, at least from my observations. That's why I think even though we are all from Indiana, there has always been a core group of agreeable users that stick around here. We all have our different ways of raising our birds, but I think for the most part we all love our birds just as much as the next person. I mean, just because I don't physically feel what my animals suffer does not mean I don't empathize, that I don't care as much about them, and the same goes for everyone else. I don't know, I just feel as if this was rather insensitive to post. But maybe that's just me.
I'm the opposite. I'm a terrible pet owner. I like chickens because I get something out of them for my investment. My dog is useless and I sort of hate it. If I felt about people the way I do about animals, they'd call me a sociopath. No empathy whatsoever.
Don't judge me.
I have to say that there are a few "extreme" chicken lovers on the thread. There is a wide range of these people too but I will admit that I include M2H in the group.
I think I would be more in the hoosiercheetah group of wanting my chickens to sure a purpose beyond just a calming force of nature. There is no way I would be paying a vet bill over $50 for a pet chicken or over $200 for a chicken of a breed that is not available locally. Those are my limits. And every hen had better be laying or sitting for at least 8 months of the year. Otherwise my crockpot will be there waiting.