Boy, a lot of people lately have been hammering Lon Allan for his position on chickens (“California laid an egg with chicken law,” Dec. 30). I don’t think people realize that Lon’s problem is that he doesn’t really know anything about chickens as individuals. All he knows is about egg-laying machines that get turned into a meal at the end of their usefulness. If he had had any dealings with chickens out of their cages, he would realize that they each have their own personality — and likes and dislikes.
Here is an analogy: Lon was a newspaper man, and it’s like if one of us visited the newspaper office and saw all those rows of cubicles with people sitting all day long, pecking away at their keyboards. All it takes is a constant supply of coffee for them to turn out their stories. Like little automatons, you would never guess that they had their own likes and dislikes, or that they could experience happiness. But if you ever saw any of them out of their cubicle, you would find that some of them actually have really interesting personalities.
So give Lon a break — he can’t help himself.