Many of them are debeaked to prevent them from attacking each other out of fear and panic. These harsh conditions don’t only apply to chickens though. At just two to three weeks old, pigs are removed from their mothers and are forced into large, windowless sheds without sunlight or outdoor exercise. Cows raised for meat still generally live outside, but they are still abused, branded, castrated, and have their horns removed without pain killers. If the habitats that these animals are being kept in and the treatment of them was better, it would result in many things.
The meat industry likes to portray to the consumers happy farm animals grazing in fields, having happy lives, and long futures: however, nothing could be further from the truth. Every second innocent animals are being sent to slaughterhouses to be killed in such cruel and inhumane ways. The torture that goes down in slaughterhouses is something the meat industry does not want the consumers to find out. Farm animals that go to slaughterhouses are beaten, broiled, and dismembered alive by impatient, careless workers. Employees at slaughterhouses need to be immediately stopped.
In it, she documents the time constraints faced by workers who, due to the speed with which they are required to work, skin and maim their animals while they are still living, against regulations demanded by the Humane Slaughter Act, which requires that all animals be insusceptible to pain by the time of their slaughter. Additionally, in the shared two million hours of experience Eisnitz collected for her studies, each worker admitted to some form of animal brutality, and failed to report those who had done the same. Taking out their frustration and aggravation on animals is a prevalent culture in the slaughterhouse industry. But it doesn’t end in the workplace. Several workers admitted to developing alcohol and drug dependency as result of their occupation.
Today the term euthanasia is used to give reason to the murders of innocent animals all over the world. Animals should only be put down by euthanasia if they are in pain or suffering. Unfortunately, most dogs that are euthanized over the course of the year are not aggressive or suffering from any disease (The Humane Society of the United States). Most of the animals are euthanized due to overpopulation in animal shelters. Euthanasia is a cruel and unnecessary practice that is not in the best interest for the animal.
Eating animals: is it only question of morality? In the book “Eating Animals” of Jonathan Safran Foer a very significant problem of the contemporary food culture, factory farming and food industry is raised. While Foer focuses mainly on animal’s suffering and rights: “If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be?”(Foer 123), all these problems are intertwined and may be viewed from different angles. I would say that the thinking of Michkiko Kakutani is partly sound. The Jonathan Foer criticizes the contemporary conventional factory farming, food industry and culture and believes it to violate animal rights and the fact of putting animals into unbearable position at the moment of their slaughtering and their lifestyle, in general is beyond his understanding.
To begin with, animals have as much of a right not to be tested on as humans do. According to the Humane Society International, “animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies, and killing by neck-breaking, decapitation, or other means.” In addition, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported in 2010 that 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments while being given no anesthesia for relief. Animals have the right to live so we
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” (Martin Luther King Jr.). People’s ignorance can contribute to political and social oppression. In the book Animal Farm, by George Orwell, the animals are attempting to work together to break free from mankind. What the animals on the farm don’t realize is that they are becoming persecuted due to the fact that they have very little knowledge, they are being tricked by the pigs, and they had not been willing to connect the idea that the pigs are becoming more like humans soon enough. The animals on the farm had very little knowledge.
Animals cannot talk so they cannot agree to being tested on, nor can they say “stop” or “no.” These animals have to sit in silence and put up with the pain. There are always an alternative ways to figure out the information that comes from animal testing. It is proven that approximately 90 percent of experimental drugs that are tested safe and effective for animals fail in human trials because they are fatal or they do not work(DoSomething.org). There are nearly 50 different ways to test that does not include animals. Some of the ways are using blood from volunteers, the 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test, EpiSkin, and EpiDerm (Humanesociety.org).
Pollan says, “We are entitled to know about our food”, and tries to trace the source of his food over the course of the book. In Chapter 12 (Slaughter), we are focused on Pollan who joins Salatin to process broiler chickens. In this process, the chickens are “killed, scalded, plucked, and eviscerated.” He is adamant to learn how the process of slaughtering animals is done but still goes to learn and observe the facilities. He does not agree with the process and the torturing of animals but it doesn’t stop him from consuming it because he enjoys having a steak meal and other foods. In Chapter 17 (The Ethics of Eating Animals), Pollan is considering the moral side to the slaughterhouses while eating a rib-eye steak.
These people that considered themselves vegetarian and vegan strongly believe that killing animals is unethical because of the pain that the animals have to endure. However, these people who refuse to eat meat are unaware that there are animals being harmed during the process of harvesting crops. For instance, in Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable Miracle,” she describes of how the harvest of crops kills animals as well, both directly and indirectly (Source B). To prevent crops from being destroyed by insects, they are sprayed with pesticides, these toxic gases are harmful to other animals as well such as birds, killing approximately 67 million a year. Likewise, machines used to harvest these crops like the sickle mower harms the environment of small animals such as rabbits and foxes by demolishing their homes, causing a disturbance in their way of life.