GREAT BRITAIN: The Hen & the Egg

No civilization is complete which does not include the dumb and defenseless of God's creatures within the sphere of charity and mercy.

—Queen Victoria

British civilization, the British like to think, is anchored in such sterling virtues as playing the game, bearing the white man's burden, and being kind to animals. To prevent shortsighted swallows from colliding with overhead wires, for exampie, bird lovers festoon the telegraph lines with wooden bobbins, visible a mile away. Last week the lowly barnyard hen was the object of tender British solicitude.

It all began when the Ministry of Agriculture encouraged British chicken farmers to...

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