Chickens are commonly regarded as the world’s most abused animal. Due to widespread consumption, around 8.6 billion chickens are slaughtered annually, which translates to roughly 300 chickens per second (Runkle, 2017, p.17). Factory farming is the method in which chickens are slaughtered for mass processing. For decades, chicken has been the protein of choice for many families, due to clever advertising. For example, in a 1929 presidential campaign, the Republican candidate promised “‘a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage’” (Runkle, 2017, p.107). Chickens are easy to farm: they do not require as much supervision as cows or pigs, and they don’t occupy much space. As refrigeration technology improved and people could store meat for …show more content…
Chickens in these situations spend the clear majority of their lives confined in metal cages (Sorenson, 2010, p.42). “Barley able to move, they cannot exercise, and constant egg production drains calcium; osteoporosis is widespread” (Sorenson, 2010, p.42). Weakened, crowded, and overworked, hens are considered done egg production at the age of six weeks: after this, they are brutally killed through a variety of methods including bulldozing, electrocution and beating (Sorenson, 2010, p.44). Chickens raised for meat, called broiler chickens, are genetically modified to be unnaturally enormous in size, as well as having a dramatically shortened lifespan to about 7 weeks (Sorenson, 2010, p. 45). Another aspect of brutality towards chickens is males: since they do not produce eggs and are not used for meat, roosters are brutally killed largely via suffocation: “thrown into plastic bags and crushed or suffocated” (Mason & Finelli, 2014, p.107). Again, being in such close quarters causes stress for the chickens, as they have no way to stretch or move. This causes agitated animals, resulting in fights: instead of allowing more space, farmers simply de-beak and declaw the hens in an incredibly painful manner to prevent them from injuring one another (Sorenson, 1999, …show more content…
However, it is still possible to provide the public with reasonably priced chicken while keeping the public satisfied. This can be accomplished via government funding to encourage healthy farming and increased consumer awareness. Alternatively, the future could point towards non-meat protein products, including those made in a laboratory from animal cells. In fact, a 1931 quote from Winston Churchill states, “‘Fifty years hence, we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium” (Runkle, 2017, p.
I would like my family to be consumers of local sustainable. One reason I chose this food chain is that the animals in this food chain die in a more humane way. What I mean is i can see the animal die. As stated in the Novel The Omnivore 's Dilemma “ Meanwhile customers began picking up their chicken this was another reason Joel slaughter house has no wall. Polyface customers know to come after noon on a chicken day but there nothing to prevent then from showing up earlier and watching their chicken be their dinner.
Eric Schlosser disproves that theory with his book titled Fast Food Nation (2001). About a hundred years after the mistreatment in the Gilded Age occured Fast Food Nation describes the same if not worse conditions of industries in America. In chapter 8, Schlosser uses rhetorical strategies to unveil the dark side of meat-packing factories. Schlosser begins by explaining what happens to the animals
The documentary, Food Inc., takes a deeper look at the food industry and how it has changed over the years. The McDonald brothers played a huge part in changing the food industry forever. The brothers began to run their restaurant in a factory style. Each worker only had one specific job to do. Because the workers were assigned simple tasks, they were all paid a low wage and were easily replaced.
I chose to write about factory farming because I’m with familiar with it. Growing up on a 500-acre farm has given me the chance to scrutinize the importance that they are to our community. Throughout my childhood there was always fresh meat and vegetables on the table. When other families were worrying about the recent recall on the type of meat they had just purchased or the chemicals being sprayed onto their fruits and vegetable, I was left wondering why these other families just didn’t do as we did. Having your own family farm not only saves money that you would spend in the grocery store, but also allows for your family to bond over something that’s not on TV.
However, William Speed has quite a common view of natural food: “Chicken labeled “all natural” may have been crammed by the thousands into tight pens, their claws and beaks clipped, and stuffed full of antibiotics they’d never find in that “natural” barnyard.” (Speed, “106 Science Claims and a Truckful of Baloney,” 614) He is over exaggerating to get his point across; treating the chickens in that way appears to be morally wrong; they should have the chance to be chickens, run free on over grassy hills. It all sounds like a wonderful contemplation, but there are people in the world who are dying from starvation, and they could really use larger chickens. Altering chickens or any other type of food product to accommodate for our growing economy may come across as ethically wrong, but the fact is, one must keep in mind that there is a growing economy that requires a copious amount of food to function.
For example, broiler chickens are bred to have larger thighs and breasts, for this reason, the chickens have a hard time standing and sometimes will break their legs. Common diseases for these type of chickens range from heart attacks, respiratory diseases, and cancer. When first brought to the slaughterhouse, cattle are branded with a hot iron and de-horned without anesthetic. In feedlots, cattle are contained in small holding pens forced to live in their own feces, which results in diseases. According to the Last Chance for Animals(LCA), 250 cows are killed every hour at a slaughterhouse.
Michael Pollan’s alternative to Factory farming has given a huge insight into a better ethics on food. In “The Animals: Practicing Complexity” Michael Pollan writes about a polyface farm and how it works. The goal of a polyface farm is to emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhance agriculture. Everything on a polyface farm has the potential to be helpful to something else on the farm. Pollan states “The chicken feed not only feeds the broilers but, transformed into chicken crap, feeds the grass that feeds the cows that, as I was about to see, feeds the pigs and the laying hens” (Pollan 345).
Factory Farm Map. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.) This is bad for them because they’re confined in one space with a lot of other animals. Beef cattle are used for meat and they’re marked for rapid growth and a stocky build. One of the major factory farms is a company called Tyson, which is known for the production of chickens.
Alastair Norcross takes the position in the animal rights argument that torturing animals for their use is unacceptable. He asks to consider a case where a man, Fred, lost his ability to enjoy chocolate because he lost the ability to produce Cocoamone. Fred’s doctor tells him that a recent study shows that, when puppies are tortured and then brutally killed, they produce cocoamone that Fred can then harvest. So Fred sets up his basement where he can torture puppies and then slaughter them in order to taste chocolate again. Norcross claims that this is obviously wrong and draws a correlation between Fred’s case and the situation where we cause chickens to suffer in order to mass produce their meat.
Case Study #1 Case 1: In the past, Monsanto has had many ethical issues like high performance standards that can cause employees to make unethical and illegal decisions and not owning up to hazards around them. However, Monsanto has been striving to enforce their code of ethics and has spent more time trying to become more socially responsible to the environment. For Monsanto to create an ethical culture, he would have to be proactive in anticipating, planning and acting to avoid potential ethical crisis’ (Thorne, Ferrell, & Ferrell, 2008).
The meat packing industry disregards animal’s emotions and their rights all together by the malicious treatment of animals. The way animals are being treated is highly unfair. Being slaughtered for their body parts and suffering just to be used for protein or an asset to humans is unbearable. An animal’s life is at equal values to a human and deserve the same rights as
At one point in your life, have you ever thought to yourself how was the meat on your plate produced, and why is it so cheap? Billions of farm animals are consumed every year in the U.S. at cheap costs and endure in conditions that buyers wouldn’t acknowledge. A large portion of our meats originate from meat industries that produce, abuse, and process meat for the public from farms that abuse animals unless the animal was raised organically. The meats that are produced are a necessity for a us omnivores because we eat meat on a daily basis as a source for protein and fat, unless you are vegetarian, or vegan. Now since it’s a necessity for us living beings, is cruelty in animal agriculture worth the outcome for better for our economy?
Animal Farm An Anti-totalitarian novel By - George Orwell Key Words Totalitarian Communism - a political system in which one ruling party plans and controls the collective social action of a state. Tyranny - cruel and oppressive government or rule. Dichotomy - division or contrast between two things that are represented as being opposed or entirely different.