I can't be the only one making this obvious connection to animal cruelty and factory farmed animals. I've previously shared articles and commentaries about big named animal suppliers being busted for unimaginable animal cruelty. Animals like chickens, turkeys, cows, and fur farmed animals including foxes and minks are some of the cruelty busts that I've shared in the past.
Here we are now in California where animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing has recorded the first ever footage of a lamb slaughterhouse. As you can imagine, several instances of neglect and abuse were documented on camera in violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Is this surprising?
Not at all, here's why!
Factory farmed animals will never be treated with respect or dignity. They are kept in the worst conditions, fearful every minute until they die. Their slaughter means absolutely nothing to the people tasked with ending their lives. No matter what animal it is, if it's being mass produced I can pretty much guarantee to you that it has suffered some kind of cruelty at the hands of workers.
Here's where family owned farms come into play. I don't agree with eating meat and would never eat it again, with that being said I am an avid supporter of family owned farms. My obvious reasoning is that it's wonderful to support locally run businesses but you can bet that the animals on these farms live the highest quality of life. They are fed proper diets, have clean and cared for areas to sleep / eat, and room to roam around. Do they inevitably meet slaughter? Yes, but if you're going to eat meat and support the industry, do so in a manner that also supports your community and promotes the better care of farm animals.
It's blatantly obvious that factory farming is destroying the environment. It's blatantly obvious that the animals are treated like worthless crap the minute they're conceived until the minute they die. It's blatantly obvious that a lot of the people working for factory farms clearly don't care for animals whatsoever. Where's the confusion here?
Factory farming NEEDS to be ceased. Go undercover to any of them and I'm sure you'll find at least one instance of blatant neglect or cruelty. Unless they are heavily monitored and regularly checked up on or simply put to an end, then animals will continue to be massed produced, mistreated, and exposed to horrible conditions. End of story.
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!