Toro Update

toro king
Toro the baby broiler rooster had a good weekend. He climbed to the top of the shrubbery and proclaimed himself “Toro! King of the Shrubbery!”

Toro is getting pretty big. As you know, he is a broiler chicken. This means he is a breed that was genetically engineered by humans to be excessively large and grow very fast. 95% of all chickens eaten in the US are broilers. I had heard that before, but until you see what that means and hold it in your hands, it doesn’t really hit home.

Toro is getting so big that he needs to move around and lay in different positions to stay comfortable. Each evening he sits like this in my arms so he can stretch his legs out good and take pressure off his keel and belly.

He can stand up and walk, but it is hard for him. So he mostly sits all day. His legs get a little tired of being in the sitting position so much, so he loves to stretch out.

Broiler chickens don’t have as many feathers as normal chickens. They are bred that way on purpose so they are easier to pluck when they’re dead.

You can see how naked his belly is. That isn’t because he sits all day, that’s just the way he was made.

Good stretch, Toro.

Toro usually falls asleep when we’re sitting together, but I don’t take it personally. He’s good company, even when he’s snoring.

I’m not sure how much longer Toro will be with us. As long as he is comfortable, he’ll be here. If he starts to struggle to breathe or if he gets keel sores, it will be time to say goodbye. I can only guess how much longer he’ll be comfortable, but I guess it is less than two weeks.

It’s really sad to know that he won’t be with us for very long. It is truly shocking and traumatizing to see what humans have done to these baby broiler chickens. They are genetically manufactured to suffer and die. It’s a terrible mistake to genetically modify them this severely, I have no doubt. It feels so wrong when I hold him, especially when he looks at me.

So I just tell him he is “Toro the Great!” and that I love him. I also tell him how very, very sorry I am that humans have done this to him.

He is such a good baby roo.

24. July 2011 by Silly Human
Categories: New Rescues | 10 comments

Comments (10)

  1. I am so glad that Toro knows nothing other than he is loved.

  2. Hi Tiff,

    This made me cry! Thanks for being a voice for these beautiful birds that come your way.. The torture of this little fellow is making me think of becoming a vegetarian. Thanks for opening my eyes a bit more to the cruelty that us humans inflict on precious innocent creatures.Toro, you are a beautiful little creature. I’m so sorry you have to suffer because of us selfish humans. Thank God also you get to experience unconditional love before you leave this earth little buddy.

  3. So very sad, but the depth of your compassion is inspiring. We need more people like you.

  4. I’ve learned so much from you & your website. Thank you for the reality checks. Give Toro a Soft Hug for me…

  5. I love reading about you and your lovely flock of rescued ducks and clucks. Thank you for being an awesome human being. The world needs more people like you. You’ve also inspired me to become vegetarian (no eggs either), which is something I’ve been working up to for quite a while now. Thank you! 🙂

  6. Give Toro a kiss on his sweet head for me. Thank you for giving him love.

  7. Now that I see what humanity’s done to these poor birds, I’m so happy I gave up eating poultry a long time ago <3 I love you, Toro!

  8. Hugs, Toro!

  9. How old do you think Toro is?

    I know that broiler chickens here (Australia) are killed at about 5 weeks 🙁 Most people have no idea they are eating chicks that still have their baby voices.

  10. Thank you for being there for Toro Roo. I’m reading through your archived blogs, and getting more background on the beings . . . . Once again I cried about Toro. Blessed bird.

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