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Some birds just won’t be caged

If you’ve broken your New Year’s resolution already, don’t be too hard on yourself. Stickability isn’t everyone’s strong point. Just ask Sinead O’Connor.

Three hours of marriage number four was enough for her, apparently. She met him, married him in a drive-thru ceremony in Las Vegas and promptly went out looking for some dope to smoke “because I don’t drink”.

It’s almost as if she had an album coming out that she needed to get some publicity for.

Oh, she had.

Ah well, far be it from me to pass judgement on the woman. There’s obviously a lot going on for her.

Sadly, other things lasted a lot longer than her union. Like battery cages for chickens. It’s taken 40 years to get them banned, but thankfully, now they are. At last, hens will now have to have enough space to open their wings, as they are fattened up for being eaten.

Big deal, you say? Well, I think how we treat animals says something about our sensitivity in general. The world could do with a lot more deposits in the Love Account. Doesn’t hurt to be considerate. Whether the chicks in question are the feathered kind or the human singing kind, they all need space to express themselves in their own way.

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