Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. With successes like these, factory farmers do have cause for worry.

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Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

research firm New Harvest is just one group developing the technology to actually clone meat cells without the need, expense, or health concerns of raising entire legions of beasts to slaughter.&# In this country alone, we raise about 10 billion animals each year for food. Tags: Animal Rights Environmental Concerns Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal agriculture and the environment cloned meat eating habits PETA

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Proposition 2 Poll

Critter News

on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms. In contrast, the donations raised by the No on Prop 2 campaign have come from a handful of corporate factory farming interests—most from out of state and many which are embroiled in a national price-fixing scandal. Tags: eggs california farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

Critter News

It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm." It's not as much about what the animal rights activists are saying about how we are raising pigs as opposed to us demonstrating that we do care and we are giving the best possible care" she said. Tags: animal cruelty pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farm animal welfare

On "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals"

Animal Person

And it gently tells the story of why we shouldn't eat factory farmed animals. It is true that the vast majority of animals raised for their parts are factory farmed.

Will You Check Out Food, Inc.?

Animal Person

If it steers (sorry about the pun) people toward animals raised in places other than factory farms, where they will still be killed, I'm not thrilled. Food, Inc. was at the Delray Beach Film Festival last weekend, about 30 miles south of me. But I wasn't.

Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212, mturner@farmsanctuary.org 2011 Walk for Farm Animals Aims to Raise $1 Million for Abused and Neglected Farm Animals Thousands of People in More Than 35 Cities Across North America to Gather for Family-Friendly Event That Promotes Compassion for ALL Animals WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. From the Farm Sanctuary.

On Food for the Soul

Animal Person

What that means is that it wasn't a factory-farm operation. The animals were still bred and raised for slaughter, but evidently in some kind of soulful way we don't really hear about. The New York Times ' Nicholas D. Kristof frustrates me. His passion and compassion for humans is immense, but he appears to have some kind of mental block with nonhuman animals.

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

However, the solution they have created, which harkens back to before industrialized agriculture, is simply to still raise animals for their flesh and secretions, and for profit, but to do it the old-fashioned way. No factory farms, no large-scale operations where animals are crammed together under a roof, never to see the light of day.

The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

Some might argue that Keith has simply become an advocate of “happy meat”—local, grass-fed, sustainably produced, and humanely raised meat. If there were ever a movement devoted to the principles set out in The Vegetarian Myth and if it proved successful, such a movement would easily result in a spectacular reduction in the suffering and torture of animals, compared to what they experience today in factory farms and due to ecosystem devastation.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: “ A Factory Farm Near You ” (editorial, July 31) does not mention any issue of the morality of factory farming—treating living beings as factory products. Cruelty to animals on such a scale should be the centerpiece of any discussion on raising animals for food. The problem is that there is no possible answer to why we allow such cruelty, other than that we are barbarians. Is that why we conveniently omit it from all discussion? Shame on us.

Tom Regan on Harm to Animals

Animal Ethics

Modern farms (so-called factory farms), for example, raise animals in unnatural conditions. Those animals who are raised intensively, then, let us assume, do not know what they're missing.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While its exact origin is still unclear, this pathogen, and many others (like avian influenza), originated from animals being raised or eaten for food. As the world moves toward raising the majority of animals in the unnatural setting of factory farms, it is likely that more, and worse, such pathogens will arise. What will it take for us, and our public health leaders, to question our addiction to meat and tolerance of factory farming?

From Today's New York Times

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July 13, 2010 To the Editor: Today tens of thousands of American farmers don’t even own the livestock they raise, and the conditions they raise animals in are dictated to them by a handful of extremely powerful companies that are concerned only with the bottom line. Inhumane confinement, illegal anticompetitive practices and factory farming hurt animals, the environment, the consumer, the public health and the farmer.

R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

Animal Ethics

An enormous volume of material has already appeared on the conditions under which animals live and die on factory farms, and more is almost certainly on the way. If our liking for meat is in fact more intense than our revulsion at the suffering endured on factory farms, then we are going to remain meat-eaters, with the result that, if the vegetarian has grounded his case in an appeal to our feelings, then that case is in jeopardy.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But there is a net loss in all meat production, not just of farmed fish or feeding fish to land animals being raised for food. Feeding grain to chickens, pigs and cows is even more inefficient, with 70 percent of grain grown in the United States going to animals raised for food. 11, 2008 To the Editor: We are seeing environmental ruin because of factory farming. Paul Shapiro Senior Director Factory Farming Campaign Humane Society of the United States Washington, Nov.

R. G. Frey on the Principle of the Equal Consideration of Interests

Animal Ethics

This, however, is precisely what factory farming does. By forgoing meat in our diets, we can reduce, if not eliminate, this massive suffering of animals, merely through bringing market forces to bear upon factory farming. The smaller the demand for meat, the lower its price; the lower the price, the lower the profit; and the lower the profit, the fewer the animals that will be raised and slaughtered on factory farms.

Deliciously Vegan!

Animal Ethics

Many, if not most, of the meat eaters I know are deeply concerned about the fact that the animals they eat are raised in factory farm conditions. They realize that factory farming is inhumane. Not all meat eaters are cold, cruel, selfish individuals insensitive to animal suffering. They don't want to contribute to the unnecessary pain, suffering, and death of the animals they eat, but they simply can't imagine life without meat.

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

We can thank factory farming for yet another antibiotic-resistant supergerm: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). All evidence points to factory farms. Factory farms are concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) where animals are raised intensively and permanently confined in warehouses and sheds. MRSA almost certainly owes its widespread existence to the unsafe factory-farming practice of adding antibiotics to animal feed.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Animals raised for food suffer miserably. The meat and dairy industries want to keep their operations away from the public’s discriminating eyes, but as groups like PETA and the Humane Society have shown us in their graphic and disturbing undercover investigations, factory farms are mechanized madness and slaughterhouses are torture chambers to these unfortunate and feeling beings. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D.

Think Vegan Food Must Be Boring and Bland? Think Again!

Animal Ethics

Most people are shocked and appalled when they first read descriptions of factory farming and learn about the horribly inhumane conditions in which the billions of animals destined for dinner tables are raised, and they are even more appalled when they first see documentary footage of the institutional cruelties inherent in factory farming.

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From Today's Wall Street Journal

Animal Ethics

Dogs were bred to be companion animals; pigs and cows are raised as food. However, I agree with Mr. Foer that factory farming has to go. Jonathan Safran Foer's pup-in-cheek essay " Let Them Eat Dog " (Weekend Journal, Oct. 31), while humorous enough, masks more serious issues. Beyond the environmental impacts of meat production there is a basic ethical issue involved.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Raising livestock is the best use of most pasture land, not growing crops. What is wrong is factory farms. Buy locally raised pastured meats from farmers in your area. To the Editor: Re “ Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler ” (Week in Review, Jan. 27): Mark Bittman answered my prayers by writing an article exposing how the meat industry contributes to global warming, world hunger and other issues plaguing our world. But there is indeed a simple answer to these problems: Go vegan.

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

He thinks that the treatment of animals in factory farms is morally unjustifiable, and yet, he continues to support those practices financially by purchasing and eating meat and animal products. It goes something like this: Yes, I agree that factory farming is morally unjustifiable and ought to be abolished. Since it would not be wrong to eat the flesh of animals raised in that manner, eating meat is not morally wrong! [As Over 95% of all animals raised for food in the U.S.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

And thanks to federal corn and soybean subsidies, factory farms saved an estimated $3.9 It’s time that our tax dollars no longer finance the inhumane conditions—for workers and animals and the climate—of factory farms. Kristof wants animals to be raised for human consumption in the kind and generous manner of his boyhood farm, a way that certainly seems nicer to the animals than mean ol’ modern industrial-style farming.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

It is not in dispute that, in modern factory farms, animals are raised in massively overcrowded, unnatural warehouses. For more detailed descriptions of the conditions in which farm animals are raised, see here , here , and here. If you do view the documentary, I suspect that you will agree that "raising," transporting and slaughtering animals in this way is, indeed, prima facie wrong and ought not be supported, absent a very compelling reason for doing so.]

Vegetarianism and IQ

Animal Ethics

If they are at all informed about modern animal agricultural practices, they know that raising animals intensively in factory farms greatly increases the amount of animal suffering in the world. Consequently, they realize that all of the suffering and frustration that animals are subjected to in factory farms is entirely unnecessary.

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

Animal Ethics

If, on the other hand, the legs are produced in factory conditions, there is a moral objection. This sort of question can also be raised without benefit of hypothetical examples from future genetic engineering. For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. What Is an Animal Part? The last example suggests the difficulty of making a clear distinction between an animal part and an animal product.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

Not only are they killed in cruel ways, but it is well documented that they are raised in ways that cause them great discomfort and agony. The question that must be raised, however, is how the conclusion not to eat meat follows from this. As he puts it, “Until we boycott meat we are, each one of us, contributing to the continued existence, prosperity, and growth of factory farming and all the other cruel practices used in rearing animals for food” ( Animal Liberation, 167).

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

I’ll leave the question of infant care to the physicians, but I know firsthand that an adult vegan can enjoy robust physical health without contributing to the cruel suffering of animals on today’s factory farms. I’ve raised a vegan child since conception. To the Editor: Re “ Death by Veganism ,” by Nina Planck (Op-Ed, May 21): I am a nutritionist who testified as an expert witness for the prosecution in the criminal trial of the parents of Crown Shakur.