Animal Cruelty blog
Most Americans agree the animals that are raised for food should get to live without cruelty or abuse. Instead, most of farm animals raised for human consumption each year in America suffer from overcrowded conditions. Most of our meat comes from industrial farms where efficiency is valued over welfare of the animals. This way, farm animals are paying the price. Unfortunately, there aren’t many laws in place for animals raised for food. Animals raised for food are actually the least-protected animals, from forms of cruelty, in our country.
Factory farms, sadly, are large corporations/operations that raise a large amount of animals for food. Surprisingly, over 99% of farm animals in America are raised on factory farms that focus on efficiency and profit. This comes at the expense of animal welfare. For example, about 238 million turkeys are raised for meat in America every year. Most turkeys are forced to live in large groups on the floors of long sheds. They are denied fresh air, pasture, and sunshine. Turkey’s are also forced to breathe high levels of ammonia from their own waste.
Unfortunately food labels are deceiving and indicate that animals have welfare standards. In reality, only a fraction of factory farms have animal welfare standards. This deceiving tends to prevent consumers from voting for better treatment of farm animals. Phrases like Natural, Free-Range, Humanely Raised/Humanely Handled, etc. that are on food products actually have no effect on animal welfare. For example, Cage-Free means that hens weren’t raised in cages, but still are raised in crowded sheds.
I think that we could all do a better job of reading labels, becoming educated, etc. It sucks that there aren’t any laws put in place to protect farm animals. In the next four years with our new president, I hope to see more animal cruelty laws put in place. That means having a set of charges and fines that someone will be presented with in the event of animal cruelty. I believe that animals, even if they are just farm animals, deserve to have rights and deserve to at least be treated with some form of respect.
Blog Post 10 - Thursday, November 10th, 2016