Why the Chicken Revolt?

As promised in yesterday’s entry, I polled my friends over beers last night as to why people in the New Territories were resisting the government’s attempts to avoid a Bird Flu disaster by culling fowl kept as pets, a potential food source or on illegal farms. The most believable answer came, not from my Chinese friends, but from a visiting Turko-Australian.

He said that the attitude of the villagers reminded him of the attitude of the Turkish villagers when that government tried to cull chickens in the wake of a few Bird Flu cases. To wit: anything the government wants to do is suspect, if not downright harmful to our interests. Put another way, “You can’t trust anything the government says or does.”

Makes sense to me. Much of the time, I feel the same way.