Yesterday morning I had Bello euthanased. A day I had been preparing for since the day I got him, given his compromised genetically modified body. However, even knowing the day was coming, I never really seem to be prepared for the reality of the heartache of saying goodbye.
Bello’s started limping last Wednesday, and by Saturday he had become lame, and was unable to lift himself up on his legs. Even pain killers were not touching sides, as he panted with distress and pain, shifted pitifully from wing to wing and called to me constantly. I could not wait to get him to Jean on Sunday morning to end his short, compromised life, and more immediately end his suffering.
I would have loved to have been able to euthanase Bello in the comfort of our home, but it was more humane to give him an anaesthetic gas to go to sleep first, and then to inject the euthanase. I held him until the end, and talked to him constantly. Knowing he was out of his misery was an immense relief for me, however, I also feel very sad and very angry.
Sad, because I loved Bello. I can still smell his clean feathers, and feel what it was like to dig my nose into his soft neck. I shall miss him. Angry because Bello represents an Industry that has modified chickens to grow from 0 to slaughter in 6 weeks. Bellos body was designed to work against him from the start. Anything I did would not have made a difference to this outcome. He got to 20 weeks, and there was a part of me that thought we may have beaten the system. Sadly for Bello, not.
STOP eating chicken for the sake of every other Broiler out there!
I am not sure I will readily go through this again with a broiler. Bello required a huge amount of input, and he was never truly comfortable. I think Bello had the best time he could have. He died knowing what love was, a line of a poem comes to mind ‘if love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.’
We buried Bello in our garden. My daughters drew 2 beautiful pics for him to be buried with.
Rest In Peace my magnificent and brave boy! You did influence a few people to stop supporting the chicken industry through your life.