Well I just received a link to a horrific video from an Ohio farm where livestock are treated brutally (link to video below…it is hard to believe). My primary reason for being vegan has always been diet, but after seeing this video, and watching Food Inc and the trailer for Earthlings I am beginning to think that more about the humane issue.
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The movie below was taken at an Ohio dairy farm and depicts brutal and senseless savagery taken out on animals. I like to think that the kind of abuse in the Ohio video is the exception perpetrated by sick people and that the majority of farms treat animals humanely, but there are more horrific movies at the Mercy for Animals website and the two movie sites (links below). As Food Inc shows, abuse is more widespread than you think and factory farming by nature is abusive, because a farm’s primary objective is profit. The fact is it is more profitable to disregard animal welfare than to treat them humanely.
No one should be surprised by what goes on at most farms. From being confined to very small living spaces, overcrowding, and torturous slaughtering, to being overfed to the point that animal’s legs buckle from the weight, to animals eating their own feces, to grinding up live male chicks, or force over-feeding baby ducks for foie gras – these are the techniques used on most farms.
To paraphrase one of the farmers in Food Inc – we can treat the livestock like house pets and you can have milk for $10 a carton or we can do it this way and you have milk for $2 a carton.
I know a lot of people who eat animals and I respect their right to make their own choices, but it strikes me as odd that on the one hand, people can call themselves dog lovers or animal lovers, and on the other hand, not only turn a blind eye to farm factory cruelty, but also contribute to it indirectly via their purchases at the grocery store?
Note to the vocal paleo community: Diets that advocate a high level of meat consumption may ultimately help the farm trade..do all paleo’s walk the talk and actually eat grass fed animals vs regular factory farm meat from the grocery store? Feel free to express your outrage about animal cruelty.