Just realized that nuggets are the veal of poultry.
If you abstain from veal but not the nug of chicken, then you are inconsistent/dishonest about your views. (Disclaimer: I know that the logical end of this entire argument is to abstain from meat period, but I'm just interested in this one point about why people choose to abstain from just one instance of baby animals made into food and not all)
Basically, if you don't eat veal because it's a cruel product on the basis of the meat coming from a calf, then wouldn't you also think chicken nuggets are cruel because they're made from chicks? Seems like people make the distinction more about veal and not chicken nuggets despite the products being similar in their origin.
Nuggets aren't made of chicks, what the fuck are you talking about?
Even if they were, it wouldn't be comparable to the veal industry at all because the chicks were killed instantly and not tortured over a long period of time.
What are you even talking about? People don't eat veal because its simply not as common as beef. Same reason they eat lamb but not mutton, its just less common. I have never met someone who objects to it.
Also nuggets are not specifically made from chicks, where did you get that idea?
It isn't made from chicks. This isn't a welfare issue, picking shreds of meat off tiny chick corpses simply isn't profitable when factory farming makes it extremely fast and cheap to raise chickens to adulthood and maximise the meat output. Unwanted male chicks are typically ground up for fertiliser or go for animal feed, which doesn't require fiddly processing of tiny carcasses to get them fit for human consumption. They're just not worth it when chicken is so cheap to rear anyway.
However, ethically reared veal (rose veal and the like) is older at slaughter than the majority of adult chickens, pigs and lambs, even if it's physically immature while they are full adults. So I guess that is an argument if people are simply opposed to killing animals so young- they have longer lives than the majority of slaughtered animals.
Well, technically speaking, most commercial chicken comes from very young birds that have been GMO'd into maturing early, which does fuck up a lot of shit with their health; it's legitimately ethically questionable, all b8 aside. The poultry industry in general is the most inhumane because nobody gives a shit about them because they're not cute like the baby cows in PETA ads.
..Are you talking about those cutesy cartoons of fluffy, big-eyed little chickies saying 'I am not a nugget'? Do you really need someone to tell you that PETA use shock tactics all the time? Of course they're printing merchandise with a fluffy yellow chick on it rather than a six week old grotesquely fat broiler chicken because people feel worse for the sappy big-eyed chick. Broilers are young at slaughter and not yet sexually mature, but they're not considered babies either.
There's certainly a lot to question about the broiler chicken industry, but even if the slaughtered chickens were considered chicks (which they're not), how does that make it lots sadder than if they lived an extra two weeks and were slaughtered as technical adults? The issue is welfare, not longevity. People don't like veal because in the 90s, there were some very public campaigns against the conditions that veal calves were raised in - isolated, crated and deliberately fed a diet that left them anaemic so their flesh remained white. It wasn't based solely around the fact that they're babies and that makes it so sad.