Many people who think that the way that we treat animals in the process of raising those for human consumption are wrong never stop, to think what they can do to stop this problem from further occurring. Furthermore, they make impassioned calls for more “humanely” raised meat. Instead to soothe their consciences they shop for “free range” meat, and eggs; which has no importance. Even if an animal is raised ‘free range” it still lives s life of pain and suffering that all ends with a butcher’s knife. Although many know that over 53 billion land animals are slaughtered each year for human utilization they still tend to eat this meat with no problem. The simple explanation is that many don’t care what happens to animals as long as they are eating and healthy. If they did care then they would what could be a difficult choice; to go without eating meat and selling it in any form.
Some groceries stores have pictures of happy animals and beautiful farms adorning the walls of their stores. There are commercials depicting the same things but what if the real picture was not as serene as it seemed? Milk, eggs, butter, meat, yogurt, and many other products sold in grocery stores come from industrialized farming operations. These operations are also called factory farms or confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The need and the desire for something like these CAFOs is understandable but the conditions are absolutely deplorable. Animals are treated poorly, the environmental effects are unimaginable and the health of humans is also at risk. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States Department of Agriculture
Even on packaging, many labels will say that it is organically made, or the meat was grown properly, but these labels only certify very minimal humane actions (Ethics). Many certifications that state a product is grown organically are only slightly better than nonorganic farms, which can be seen in chicken farms. Some organic chicken farms only have a slightly greater amount of space compared to inorganic farms, and most farms still de-beak the chickens at a young age (Ethics). The public is oblivious to the way the United States’ grows its food because of the way it is advertised. Farms will never show what occurs inside their structures because it would disgust and ruin the images of food to consumers (Food Inc.). It is very unfortunate when people state that the food industry should treat animals better even though they are ignorant to how most of America’s food is produced. By ignorantly eating the foods produced by most industries, people are being hypocritical to their beliefs and slowly degrading their consciousness towards animals. Humans unknowingly support animal cruelty and unfair labor through their food choices, but this is common in America’s culture.
When you think of animals being raised on a farm, most people think of a eco-friendly place with cows out at pasture, chickens or pigs roaming free in the yard, horses grazing beautifully in the fields. We think of the animals as happy and stress-free and the environment healthy and clean. Unfortunately, that is not the reality of America today. The reality of farming today are called Factory Farms which are large scale animal operations that control most of the animal industry , where the quality of goods produced are set higher than the well being of animals. This includes both the raising, and production of either milk, eggs, ect or slaughtering for fur or meat. Today, 94% of Americans agree that animals raised for human consumption do not
Although meat industries may defend their products shouting out spurious claims such as, the animals live in a great environment when the truth is they live in squalor and disease. Thier vocation is to create good quality meat for consumers, but what they have cooked up in that lab of theirs is creating what could be a deadly product. Americans are under duress of disease and many studies have shown that eating red and processed meats are leading to many types of illnesses because of the undue amounts of carcinogens and hormones being placed into the meats by their producers. Knowing the facts, meat producers should
An arising food category in America is anything organic. Over the years, several local grocery stores organic section is rapidly increasing. Michael Pollan, who wrote Omnivore's Dilemma, is a New York Times bestselling author. Pollan stated, “Forty years ago there was no such category as ‘organic’ food. Today it is a $20-billion business- the fastest growing part of the food industry.” (112) With organic farming becoming more common, there are many changes being made that are resulting in significant outcomes. One of the substantial changes while using organic farming is the improved treatment and health of animals. Further knowledge and awareness of the importance on how organic farming is better for the lives of animals, as well as our health is needed. Gaining more education on animals lives with organic farming, will potentially lead organic food becoming the most popular because of its remarkable outcomes.
. SRAP adds, “Because the animals are housed in such crowded and unsanitary conditions, CAFOs routinely mutilate them. For example, CAFOs cut off pigs’ tails to prevent these normally very social animals from biting them. CAFOs also de-beak chickens to reduce stress-induced pecking injuries, impairing their ability to eat. A quote by E.K. Silbergeld, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, sums up the conditions inside a CAFO: “CAFOs are comparable to poorly run hospitals, where everyone gets antibiotics, patients lie in unchanged beds, hygiene is nonexistent, infections and re-infections are rife.” (“Factory Farms Abuse Animals.” Socially Responsible Agricultural Project. 16 feb. 2014. Web. 27 jan. 2016. http://www.sraproject.org/factory-farms-abuse-animals/)
These animals are treated so terribly and are not cared for properly. Additionally, they also cause environmental issues when they, “consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases.” (Bittman) Factory farm animals are forced and squeezed into tight and tiny cages while they’re growing to reduce the amount of space. As a result, there will more animals fitted into a small area to produce more profit off of. These meat factories inhumanly killed cattle, pigs, and poultry. Though, not many people seem to take this into consideration when consuming meat products. How their food was treated before it was put on their plate to consume is not a thought that many of us are taught to keep inside our
Some people may find comfort in knowing that their meat is “organic” or “cruelty-free,” but they are not always the truth. In one case, an investigation “video taped chickens crowded, sometimes into eight per crate, into rows of wire cages stacked at a barn owned by I.S.E. America, which sold eggs within the industry-created Animal Care Certified seal” (Genoways). Although the eggs were labeled as “Animal Care Certified”, there was still no guarantee that the animals were actually treated right. Other similar seals are “grass-fed” or “naturally raised,” but those were discontinued as of last year, along with country-of-origin requirements (Genoways). Now meat buyers are even less informed on how the animals were treated, or even where the animals came from. Countries in South America that use the shackle and hoist method also contribute to the US meat supply, since beef from cows killed in this fashion is legally allowed into America (“Startling Cruelty”). Currently, the countries using the shackle and hoist method exporting meat into the United States are Argentina and Uruguay, but Paraguay might be added soon (“Startling Cruelty”). Because of various laws and regulations in the United States, many people buying meat are unaware of how the animals were treated, even if the package gives a convincing
67-68). Concerned farmers argue that the major slaughterhouses, producers, and packers are tied into the USDA politically. The USDA regulations don’t serve the public or the small farms; however hold the hands of the capitalists (Farmageddon). These Corporations claim their mission and commitments are sustainable by using catching slogans such as “Good food. Responsibly!”(Smithfield). Unfortunately, the Wal-Mart of the meat industry, Smithfield, contradicts their mission statement by saying, "To be a trusted, respected and ethical food industry leader that excels at bringing delicious and nutritious meat and specialty food products to millions every day while setting industry standards for corporate social responsibility (Smithfield)”. Smithfield has been involved in scandalous animal abuse cases and are major contributors to unhealthy environmental conditions (Peta). Capitalism is a major hurdle to overcome in factory farming but with speaking out and educating our public solutions can be made
An example of this is “ I know the dinner i prepared contained little or no pesticides. These chemicals have been proven to cause cancer,damage nerve cells, and disrupt your endocrine system- your hormones” (Pollan,133). This shows that organic food doesn’t have many pesticides-if not any. Why would anyone want to eat food that can cause cancer?“In 2003, a study by University of California, Davis, researchers studied two crops of corn,strawberries, and blackberries. The plants were identical and grown in side-by-side plots. One set of plants was grown using organic methods. The other set was grown conventionally with chemical fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. The study showed that the organic fruits and vegetables contained higher levels of vitamin C. They also had a wider range of natural chemicals called polyphenols. Polyphenols are a group of chemicals made by plants that seem to play an important role in human health. Some help prevent or fight cancer: others fight infections(Pollan 134-135).” This shows how much pesticides effect the plants. If there were no pesticides both plants would have vitamin C and polyphenols.If the organic meal gives you Vitamin C and polyphenols, you might as well eat
It is important to stand up in what you believe in because if I do not I would probably be in jail or something like that. The things that I stand up in what I believe is animal abuse.
When you come think about pets, your dog or cat, you think of how cute and cuddly they are and how much you love them and how much they love you. Your pet is like your child, an animal that will love you unconditionally and it's your responsibility to take good care of it. But there are some people out there that could care less about the animal that they decided to bring home. Many animals are often abused by their owners and a dog or cat doesn't have to be physically abused to feel neglected. There are two kinds of animal abuse and that is passive abuse and active abuse. Such things as not providing food or water, or not providing good shelter in bad weather conditions, or failing to provide medical care that can be seen as passive abuse.
Cruelty has existed since the beginning of living organism. No matter where you live, what religion your in, Cruelty will always exist. It’s just a part of human nature, it’s tactic us human use to get accomplish something, or get your point across. Think about about the holocaust in Germany, slavery, and 9/11. They all used acts of cruelty to get there point across. There are times where cruelty saves innocent lives, most times cruelty cause more harm than good.