(OPED/FARM ANIMALS) Next time you’re elbow deep in an enormous bucket of fried chicken, take a second to consider the intelligence of the bird who gave their life for the lard-laden meal. A recent study from Britain suggests chickens are relatively practical thinkers and even make excellent students.

Although chickens probably won’t be taking up calculus anytime soon, their intelligence poses a lot of questions regarding the treatment of farm animals. If these birds show even the slightest indication of intelligence, who’s to say they aren’t emotionally distraught due to their caged environments? Read Nicholas D. Kristof’s personal account of farm bird intelligence at the link below. — Global Animal

Recently, Mississippi researchers found out why: two nuggets they examined consisted of 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture
A relatively new study out of Great Britain shows chickens can learn from watching other chickens on a television.  Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

The New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/opinion/sunday/are-chicks-brighter-than-babies.html?ref=opinion&_r=0