Re "1,200 chickens flee the cleaver in airlift" (Page A1, Sept. 4): Kudos to the egg rancher who found a way to "free" his no-longer-laying hens at a cost of $50,000 paid for by the "sanctuary." Not only does he not have to incur the cost of euthanizing his chickens, but they will now (after a cross-country flight in cages) be out there roaming free to live out the rest of their natural lives -- unless of course something out there in their free range scares them and they all pile up on each other in fear and die of suffocation (which does happen).
Is it just me, or doesn't it seem that $50,000 could be better spent feeding the homeless rather than saving chickens? Or, how about some nice hot chicken noodle soup for the hungry?
-- Patti Gantenbein, Carmichael