Colored chickens from Pakistan …
It’s not a photograph I ever thought about including into my gallery. But, it is, perhaps strangely, one of the most popular images on this website! While cute to look at, it is mired in a little controversy.
Facts from behind the lens of this photograph:
The Story behind the photograph
On my way back through the Khyber Pass I went through a very small corner market. On the ground were some boxes of chickens. Mainly cute fluffy yellow ones. Then, I came across a man selling these multi-colored chickens.
I could tell they were dyed straight away, as opposed to some mutant new breeds, as many were not fully colored. I nearly walked away from this strange curiosity. But that curiosity itself brought me back to take a few photographs of these colored chickens.
While at the time no one could tell me why the chickens were colored, it was later revealed to me that it was simply to make them more attractive for buying. In a country like Pakistan, such things didn’t faze me in the least.
Right or wrong?
What did faze me was to learn of people in developed countries also dyeing chickens, mainly during easter or at parties. Some by injecting dye into unhatched eggs. Some by dipping the chickens into food coloring.
Personally, I think there is a huge difference in “why the chickens are colored”. In Pakistan the chickens are dyed in the hope of selling them to feed a family. In developed countries they were/are dyed for the amusement of people.
While both reasons may be ethically wrong, the latter jars most with me. Dyeing chickens for our own amusement simply doesn’t sit well with me. Yet, though I know it’s wrong, I see the same chickens in Pakistan and just know this is more about survival than amusement.
Why is this photograph so popular? Cute colored chickens.
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