debeaking, trimming nails, rip through half finger

  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    This book is by Mark Rowlands, and the chapter heading is "Using Animals for Food".

    He's explaining that the "debeaking" of hens is cruel. He compares the removal of hens' beaks to the process of cutting one's fingernails, but in a very painful way:

    If (instead of just trimming your fingernails) you were to wrench the fingernail off, cutting away some of the flesh underneath, that would give you an idea of what debeaking is like for the hen.
     
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