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The Costco $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken -- "Ubinam Gentium Sumus?"

"Lechon Baliwag" was the favorite rotisserie chicken we used to buy in Marikina, Philippines. Delicious, freshly grilled and with its Mang Tomas sauce, it is enough to feed a family of four. Another favorite was Andok's rotisserie chicken. In the U.S. Boston Market is what we get often as a respite from home cooking. People have to eat and rotisserie chicken is freshly cooked and affordable.

Recently there is an article about Costco's $4.99 cheap and delicious rotisserie chicken. The article details how the company raises hundreds of millions of chickens a year, tons of them finding their way into their rotating grills. The article expressed outrage over the inhumane, horrific way the company raises its chickens. The fowls are made to stay in small cages where they can barely move and are fed with specially formulated feeds that make them ready to be sold for consumption in a few weeks at their hundreds of stores. There is a petition to the company to stop raising chickens in such a horrible way. "Petition wants Costco to join 200 competitors and adopt the Better Chicken Commitment. This humane policy would improve the lives of millions of chickens." So far, close to 18,000 have signed the petition out of a target of 25,000 signatures.

This information has led me to think about the inhumane way people have treated babies in their mothers' wombs. Since 1973 about 70 million babies in the U.S. alone have been killed through abortion at different stages of their development in utero, supposed to be the safest sanctuary for them to stay until they are born. At 20 weeks, the babies in the womb are capable of feeling pain (see the video "Silent Scream" below). However, many people do not have qualms of conscience killing and forcing them out and parts are either sold or placed in dumpsters. Their excuse is based on what they call women's rights over their bodies. Planned Parenthood receives huge funding from the government to implement its abortion program.

There is so much outrage over man's "inhumane" treatment of chickens and animals. But where is the outrage over the merciless killing of the human unborn?

Chickens and humans. "Inhumane" treatment of chickens. Humans "chickening" out when "chickens" in society prefer them over their own kind.

As Cicero would say in frustration in a speech in the Roman Senate in 63 BC: "Ubinam gentium sumus?" Where in the world are we as a people? What has become of us as human beings created in the image and likeness of God?

May the Lord have mercy on us!


"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!" (Psalm 139:13-17)

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:4-5)

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