This article is well worth the read. It makes me sick to see animals living like the ones in the HSUS video. Now, understand that I do not trust the HSUS one bit – their agenda is to eliminate ALL animal ownership FOREVER. No more animals used in medicine, no more animals used as beasts of burden, not more farm animals, and NO MORE PETS. However, cruelty is cruelty and in North America (life for many animals is FAR FAR worse elsewhere in the world) I would say that the animals who are doomed to live the most miserable of lives are pigs and chickens. Think about that when you eat eggs, or bacon, or the next time you go to KFC.
The truth of the matter is, it doesn’t have to be that way, and we can STILL enjoy bacon, eggs, and chicken soup. Sure, it will probably cost more, but then again it SHOULD. We pay FAR too little for our food. The only way to bring food to the store that cheaply is to do it badly: treating animals like stuff, and pouring loads of pesticides and artificial fertilizers on our plants – and don’t even get me STARTED on GM foods.
You may think, yea, well, it’s not my problem. What can I do about it anyways? Well, the truth of the matter is that the sad and miserable lives these animals are forced to lead IS YOUR FAULT. You keep buying this crap. You demand cheap meat.
Are you willing to stop buying pork from factories? Eggs? Chicken? Ever eat veal? That’s another horror story. Do you know how they manage to get the meat to look so pale and be so tender? The calves live in the dark, have no room to move around, and are fed a liquid diet (i.e. they have diarrhea their entire, short, depressed lives). Yum, eh? I quit eating veal years ago.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I do actually eat KFC from time to time. I also eat bacon, and wieners, …. So here’s the thing, if we all ate LESS meat from animals that are cruelly raised, and MORE meat from animals that are humanely raised, things would in fact change. The market will respond. Isn’t that what they keep telling us is the magic of capitalism?