Cruelty to farm animals

by Terry Goodenough

After recently seeing the movie “Food, Inc.” I vowed to make changes in the way I shop and buy groceries. The movie exposes the farming industry for what it is, a cruel torture machine exploiting animals and workers alike, with no regard for the well being of either. I recommend this movie for anyone who wants to know the truth about what is happening to innocent animals that provide us with milk, butter, eggs, meat, and many other wonderful products we buy everyday at local supermarkets. We use animals until they are done producing what we need from them, and then they are eliminated. Normal living conditions for farm animals are overcrowded to the point of misery and torture. Chickens and pigs are squeezed into pens and they barely have room to move. Slaughtering methods can only be described as cruel and unusual.

I realize the need for this industry and have no illusions that it is going to go away, but I will no longer pay money to companies who continue to operate with no regard to human or animal well being. I am not an animal rights activist or an activist of any kind. I am just a guy who believes that farm animals should be treated better before they die. Torture and ill treatment of any living creature is a crime against humanity.

I found out that there are alternatives to buying food products from these companies that mistreat animals. Non-profit organizations such as “certified humane raised and handled” ensure that meat, dairy, egg, and poultry products were raised in humane conditions, allowing animals to exist in their natural environment, and with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Farmers first must meet the guidelines of the program to qualify, and then they can put the “certified humane raised and handled” label on their products.
You can find these products and similar products at stores like PCC and Whole Foods. They are a little more expensive, but worth it. The humane treatment of animals goes hand in hand with nutrition, because these animals are raised in more sanitary conditions, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics. [Editor's Note: Antibiotics are often necessary when animals are raised in such crowded conditions---these conditions make it all too easy for diseases to spread among the animals. They often stand and lay down in their own waste products, so there are many opportunities for stressed animals to get sick. Therefore the antibiotics become necessary under such conditions. ---J. Learn]

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