I typically shy away from bringing up the subject of animal cruelty both in my posts and when talking to people in person. It’s a touchy subject and it’s unpleasant to hear. Animal rights are something I feel very strongly about and I am absolutely horrified by what goes on behind the scenes. All you see when you go to the grocery store is a neatly packaged piece of meat or a sanitary carton of milk. Do you ever stop to wonder where that meat or milk came from?
There are dozens of books and websites on the subject and I’ve stopped reading and visiting them long ago. They had such a major impact on me that I made the decision almost 12 years ago to have nothing to do with animal products. It’s my own little personal statement of protest over the dairy, meat and seafood industries.
What really surprises me is when people say they don’t want to know where their food comes from. They don’t want to have to think about the inhumane living conditions, abuse, pain and slaughter that animals endure to become our food. I don’t have a problem with people choosing to eat meat and dairy– but you can’t be ignorant of the truth. Know the truth about what goes on with your food and then decide how you want to live your life. I can respect that.
I know I am in the minority on this issue. My boyfriend, family and pretty much everybody I know eats animal products. I don’t hold this against anybody! 🙂 Many of them have no idea how these animals are treated, and many frankly don’t care. Some people eat animals but are selective about their source. Chris buys eggs from a small, local farm where the chickens aren’t cooped up all day. He catches his own seafood or buys sustainable fish from local fisherman. He’s learned enough to make conscious choices about his meat such as buying grass-fed beef from farmers who raise their animals the old-fashioned way. Avoiding meats from giant factory farms is more humane, better for you health and better for the environment.
Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group caught workers abusing turkeys on one of Butterballs farms in North Carolina. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident but it is an example of the way most animals raised for food are treated. It’s not okay! You’d be shocked if you saw someone doing this to their pet dog or bird. Here’s a thought: animals people eat are no different from animals that we have in our homes and call pets. If you don’t believe me just go to China or another country where it’s “normal” to eat dog meat, snakes or some other kind of animal that Americans do not consider to be food.
You don’t have to watch the disturbing video but at least open your eyes to the information in the article…
Does learning this kind of news affect your food choices?