The chicken industry of Alberta has been around for many years now. Over 300 farms in Alberta are dedicated purely for the production of table eggs, that is the eggs you can buy in the grocery stores. Over the past decades the general way to raise and house these laying chickens has virtually been unchanged. A recent documentary in the province of Alberta broadcasted by the TV program "W5" showed a biased view of the way the chickens are housed. This has become a large issue for many animal activists throughout the province. Due to this unfair broadcasting as well as generalization of all table egg producers, the market of eggs are in jeopardy.
DEFINITION OF THE PROBLEM
There lies a problem in all this, and it may not be quite as obvious as we think. Which is the true problem? The generalization of all farmers in Alberta? The biased TV documentary broadcasted across the province? The actual housing of the laying chickens? Could it be the animal activists creating unneeded uncertainty in the industry? Or maybe the jeopardizing of all egg producers in Alberta. Each pose a valid problem related to the main issue, and it's safe to say that all these problems are all included in the main problem. So what is the main problem one might ask? The problem has narrowed down to the general public being unhappy about how today's modern consumption eggs are produced. Is there really one solution that can fix this problem, as well as the problems within? It's hard to keep everyone happy but there are solutions.
What started this rolling ball of problems was the broadcasting of the "W5" Documentary. This basically was an undercover person who went to work for a table egg producer and took video footage of the conditions in the barns. The video footage showed over crowded cages that were small. It also showed how little chicks were killed if they were lame or sick. This all looks very terrible for a person who is not exposed to farming practices and does not realize that chickens like to be in groups in close proximity to one another as a way to feel secure and keep them calm. If a bird was uncomfortable it would not want to lay eggs, which is not the case. Because of naïve viewers of the documentary there is a push for better living conditions for laying chickens. There is also a risk of boycotting certain types of eggs, or even all eggs in general. This would be very terrible for the egg industry as a whole, from the farmers all the way to the grocery stores. How can a problem such as this be resolved? There are a few new guidelines as far as barns and the size of chicken cages that are being enforced to better the quality of life for the chickens. This means the ages will have more space per bird in each cage, as well as dust baths.
In order to make a solution to the problem we must identify the actual problem brought to us by all the little problems. The problem that has been distinguished is the general public being...