Deflocked, by Jeff Corriveau

Published by PETA.

This week’s Deflocked is one of my favorites so far. I’ve never understood how companies that sell meat products can use images of happy, smiling animals in their packaging and marketing materials. You’d think they’d want to avoid conjuring up images of cute chickens frolicking and generally having a nice time when they’re trying to get you to purchase a body bag full of their remains as a light snack. But the mental disconnect that a lot of people have between their love for animals and their understanding of what meat is made out of is so strong that some folks can feel all warm and fuzzy about an adorable cartoon chicken in an ad for chicken nuggets and just never even think about how fundamentally disturbing that is.

Incidentally, there’s a great blog that’s devoted entirely to this topic called Suicide Food, which is definitely worth browsing through. And for an example of a chicken who’s actually outraged about the whole nugget situation instead of blithely accepting his gruesome fate as if it were the happiest day of his life, check out this little guy.

As usual, Jeff Corriveau says all these things a lot funnier than I do (and with a lot less ink). Here’s DeFlocked.

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