For unwanted birds Craigslist is also an excellent way to get rid of unwanted birds. Our unwanted or non-laying birds typically go into tamales or similar dishes (young roosters are better for frying than old hens that need slow cooking).
People are so removed from their food source that they can’t put a duck or chicken into a table ready meal. Meat doesn’t appear in a plastic tray with a wrapper from nowhere.
It is commendable that someone takes the time to collect birds. The birds were originally intended most likely to produce a meal in the form of eggs. The last several decades especially there has been a lot of pushback about keeping food animals in the city or even in the suburbs, especially for meat.
It seems that large scale farming is out of sight so it is out of mind and we can all breathe easier knowing that our frozen breast meat came from a micro managed environment where it did not have a name at all.
I will agree that it isn’t for everyone but to sensationalize a movement that has been around since the domestication of chickens and ducks into a ‘craze’ doesn’t seem like the appropriate way to view the situation.