HBO Special on Factory Farming

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Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. Viewer discretion advised on the clip below… Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering gestation crates pigs videos This is a small segment. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and am not sure if I’ll be able to stomach it, but I do have a friend recording it for me. Has anyone else seen it? What were your thoughts?

Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

She simply wants to minimize their suffering before they are killed (painlessly?) Here is a New York Times op-ed column about pork production. Notice that the author is not opposed to the use of nonhuman animals as resources for human consumption. and their bodies dismembered and processed. Notice that we (including, I assume, the author) would never allow such treatment of a human being. I wonder how the author justifies the double standard.

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R. G. Frey on Animal Suffering

Animal Ethics

My view, then, is not that which it has often been taken to be in discussion and which Singer, Regan, Clark, and others blast in their work; I am not suggesting that, because they lack language, animals can be factory farmed without suffering. Animals can suffer, which they could not unless they were conscious; so they are conscious. Animals have only welfare-rights, the most important of which is the right not to be made to suffer

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

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It seems to me that we are being shown a giant, flashing sign that is begging us to stop factory farming, and instead of listening, we are killing sentient beings who have nothing to do with this disease beyond being innocent victims of it. Tags: Animal Cruelty Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering international news pictures pigs swine flu Source: NY Times online.

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J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

From the perspective of the land ethic, the immoral aspect of the factory farm has to do far less with the suffering and killing of nonhuman animals than with the monstrous transformation of living things from an organic to a mechanical mode of being. Meat eating as implied by the foregoing remarks may be more ecologically responsible than a wholly vegetable diet.

A Victory for Turkeys

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Getting Emotional

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That cub probably lived just as long as any pig does on today’s factory farms…and he at least lived his short life FREE. How do you find the energy sometimes to go about your every day life when you know how much suffering there is in the world around you - human and non-human? Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Welfare Farmed Animals animal suffering pictures animal activism make a difference Veganism wildlife dogs polar bears

Meat with No Feet!?

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More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed 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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Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. Tags: meat california farm animal welfare factory farm animal law meatpacking Did anyone know this was going on? The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

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Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. They are subjected to toxic fumes from the pools of waste that lie beneath them, and they are roughly handled by factory workers.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

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Although the court noted that these practices are controversial and that downed animals ‘suffer greatly,’ it found the record on appeal insufficient to warrant striking the regulations at this time,” explains an article from the Environmental News Service. Tags: farm animal welfare factory farm us Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8.

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

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The good news is that if you know someone who needs to be schooled on all of the sordid details of factory farming, and appreciates good writing, this is a great book. Factory farming considers nature an obstacle to overcome" (34).

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On Going Vegan

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The discussion about the environment usually originates in the massive problems created by the factory farming of sentient nonhumans. The arguments against factory farming, which most recently were articulated by Jonathan Safran Foer (who has caused quite a stir in the mainstream), are legion.

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On "Knockout Animals"

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Today's New York Times gives us Adam Shriver's Op-Ed " Not Grass-Fed, But at Least Pain-Free ," which presents its dilemma at the end: If we cannot avoid factory farms altogether, the least we can do is eliminate the unpleasantness of pain in the animals that must live and die on them. Some might consider this a false dilemma, as built into it is the presumption that "we cannot avoid factory farms altogether" when we easily can.

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Tom Regan on Utilitarianism

Animal Ethics

Especially because animals are made to suffer in the pursuit of human purposes—in the name of "efficient" factory farming, for example, or in pursuit of scientific knowledge—the utilitarian injunction to count their suffering and to count it equitably must strike a responsive moral chord.

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Monkey Rescued in India

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A monkey was rescued from a factory in India where it was being held in captivity. It's an adult male macaque suffering from zoochosis. The problem is characterised by the animal swaying its head and pacing up and down in its enclosure incessantly in a trance-like state, indicating it may be suffering from boredom." It's the first time I've ever heard the term.

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The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

The book, which I have not read, that saved Derrick Jensen 's life is called The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith, who was a vegan for 20 years, suffered serious medical problems, and started feeling better when she recommenced eating animals. In that acceptance, with all its suffering and sorrow, is the ability to choose a different way, a better way.”.

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On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

Hence the psychological continuum described (below) by Austria's Association Against Animal Factories from about a year ago. And that means for the animal rights movement: Social entities like compassion, empathy and suffering are very important factors to motivate humans to change their behaviour. That means, political campaigns must incorporate the following aspects: Centre your campaign material on presenting suffering and stimulate compassion and empathy in people.

On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

It's impersonal and hideously ugly and the animals suffer greatly. No factory farms, no large-scale operations where animals are crammed together under a roof, never to see the light of day. It allows you to swoop in with an alternative to the disgraceful human behavior that is factory farming and provide a kindler, gentler way to partake of the flesh of others.

Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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These family-friendly events are an opportunity for those concerned with the cruel and horrific practices of factory farming to take a stand in support of compassion for animals and raise awareness about the mistreatment of animals raised for food. From the Farm Sanctuary.

New Research Shows Crabs Feel Pain

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Factory farming does not only happen on land. Now, it looks like we may be contributing to individual suffering as well. I was afraid of this. If you've ever wondered why I have a clinical view of the meat industry, it's because I worked for three years in the accounting department of a very large shrimp importer that also sold finfish, shellfish and value-added products (ie. frozen seafoods with sauces, etc.)

How to Confront Cruelty

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The norm of moderate concern for animals - that animals matter albeit less than humans - permits the (ab)use of animals in vivisection, factory farming, bloodsports and other contexts where animals suffer. I came across this 2005 book from the Society & Animals Journal titled Confronting Cruelty Moral Orthodoxy and the Challenge of the Animal Rights Movement. Sounds interesting. Why and how do people campaign on behalf of a species that is not their own?

Crates

Animal Ethics

It might be argued that any decrease in suffering for farmed animals is good, morally speaking. Imagine arguing not that human chattel slavery ought to be abolished, but that it ought to be reformed so as to inflict less suffering on the slaves. Someone might argue that there is no incompatibility between (1) working to decrease animal suffering and (2) working toward the abolition of factory farming. But doesn't decreasing animal suffering make abolition less likely

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

Animal Ethics

Interests arise, Singer contends, from the capacity to feel pain, which he labels a 'prerequisite' for having interests at all; and animals can and do suffer, can and do feel pain. 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.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: It’s mind-boggling that in spite of overwhelming evidence that the consumption of animal products is directly responsible for a host of human diseases , greenhouse gas production and indescribable animal suffering, the general public continues to satiate its taste buds and support factory farming.

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.

Deliciously Vegan!

Animal Ethics

Not all meat eaters are cold, cruel, selfish individuals insensitive to animal suffering. 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. 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.

From Today's New York Times

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So while The Times is to be commended for continuing to highlight the many terrible aspects of factory farms, including inhumane confinement practices, let’s not forget that because of the extraordinary consolidation and vertical integration of American agriculture over the last 60-plus years, American farmers are enduring extraordinary suffering as well.

Flight to Freedom

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About Animal Defenders International (ADI): With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, Animal Defenders International (ADI) campaigns to protect animals in entertainment; replacement of animals in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation.

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Are We Really a Movement?

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Humans get all wrapped up in stories of those who can communicate their sufferings. Some fight for veganism, some against factory farms, some against experimentation, poaching, habitat encroachment, etc. Last night, I watched "Milk," the film about assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It's an excellent film and I highly recommend it.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 6 of 13

Animal Ethics

Isn’t it obvious that Morse is trying to explain something, namely, why decent, sensitive people participate in an institution that inflicts a great deal of suffering on animals? One suspects that there would be fewer peanut butter lovers if the walls of peanut butter factories were made of glass, for it has been reported by Consumer Reports (May 1972) that rodent hairs and other disgusting materials were found in many of the jars of peanut butter they tested.

Vegetarianism and IQ

Animal Ethics

If they are like most people, they believe that a world with less unnecessary suffering is intrinsically better than a world with more unnecessary suffering. Given that belief, they no doubt also believe that it is wrong to knowingly contribute to unnecessary suffering. 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.

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Are You Wearing Man's Best Friend? That Trim on the Hood of Your Jacket Might Be Dog Fur!

Animal Ethics

According to the HSUS press release, HSUS revealed earlier this week that Burlington Coat Factory was falsely advertising real fur garments as faux fur in newspaper circulars, on its web site, and in store displays at its 350 locations nationwide. After all, if fur is "in" and "trendy" and "hip" and "cool," ask yourself why stores like Macy's, Burlington Coat Factory, and Loehmann's are labeling their coats made with real fur trim as "faux fur."

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

Animal Ethics

These people abstain from eggs and dairy products the production of which involves suffering for the animals. To avoid this complication, Martin should have stipulated that no suffering is involved in the production of animal legs. If, on the other hand, the legs are produced in factory conditions, there is a moral objection. KBJ: Again, the answer for many lactovo vegetarians would depend on whether the production of the blood involved suffering.

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. Doesn’t he realize that he does not have to engage in this voluntary activity, which causes moral conflict for himself and suffering for the animals? Mr. Kristof is attuned to issues of human suffering and injustice. We know that animals suffer as well.

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 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. After time in the Marines, I veered strongly away from eating creatures, thinking of their suffering.

Jonathan Bennett on Revisable Morality

Animal Ethics

It is natural to feel sympathy for animals who are suffering. Have you visited a factory farm or a slaughterhouse? There is a difficulty about drawing from all this a moral for ourselves.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

Animal Ethics

In fact, animals used for food do suffer a great deal. Now there is no doubt that the actual treatment of animals used for food is immoral, that animals are made to suffer needlessly. Becoming a vegetarian is the most practical and effective step one can take towards [sic; kbj] ending both the killing of non-human [sic; kbj] animals and the infliction of suffering upon them. KBJ: Singer’s claim is that one should not contribute, even incrementally, to animal suffering.

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. He clearly thinks that it is wrong to cause animals to suffer unnecessarily, but he appears to be somewhat ambivalent about killing animals (provided the killing is carried out humanely). are raised in cruel, inhumane factory farms.

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J. Baird Callicott on Domesticity

Animal Ethics

There is thus something profoundly incoherent (and insensitive as well) in the complaint of some animal liberationists that the "natural behavior" of chickens and bobby calves is cruelly frustrated on factory farms. They want to abolish the institution of confinement, which inflicts horrible suffering on animals.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Virtually everyone agrees that: (1) It is wrong to cause a conscious sentient animal to suffer for no good reason. Causing an animal to suffer for no good reason is cruel, and our ordinary commonsense morality tells us in no uncertain terms that cruelty is wrong. Most people hold that it is wrong to cause animals unnecessary suffering. But all will agree that gratuitous sufferingsuffering caused for no good reason—is wrong.

Introducing Myself

Animal Ethics

I have always felt a sense of connection to animals since as far back as I can remember, and the current manner in which they are treated in factory farms disturbs me. I simply believe that when animals are killed it ought to be for a good purpose, and in a manner that is respectful to their capacity to suffer. I do not believe that the current factory farm system in place lives up to both of those standards. Hi there, I'm Jonathan.

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