THE HERITAGE OF INDUSTRIALISED BREEDING/ HUMAN INTERVENTION IN NATURE
Broiler chicken in 1957 weighed on average 905 grams, in 1978 it had increased to 1808 grams and in 2005 reached a stately 4202 grams. This hybrid breed puts on a huge amount of muscle within the first weeks of its life, at which point the young birds are ready for slaughter. Forecasting this trend, we can assume the common broiler chicken will indeed become the next dinosaur – at least in size, as extinction will only occur if humans were to stop breeding these chicken. We must acknowledge the debt we owe to this animal, which suffers multiple organ deficiencies and deformities due to its unnatural muscle growth. Ross 308 has nourished billions of people with cheap and abundant protein. Andreas Greiner’s monument honours this pillar of society and imagines a future in which we will grant animals the same ‘human’ rights, as we grant ourselves. For what dwells in our human hearts, dwells in the hearts of every living being.