Thank you for Karen Dillon’s well-written article detailing the cruelty of factory farms (10/30, A-1, “Factory farms under fire; Warehouse-style conditions and confinement inspire a wave of challenges”).
Pigs are more intelligent than dogs and cats. They can learn to play simple video games, and when raised on pasture, they have a complex social structure. A mother pig will gather grass and straw and build a nest for her piglets.
How unbearable it must be for these intelligent animals, who like to root in the ground and have their minds challenged, to be locked in tiny barren crates where they can’t even turn around.
Additionally, factory farm pigs often suffer painful foot and leg problems and respiratory illnesses. In fact, 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to factory farm animals to keep them alive in such stressful conditions.
All 27 countries of the European Union and four American states have banned these cruel practices. It’s time for national legislation to ensure that all animals, including those raised for food, are treated humanely.
Just how dumb do factory-farm owners think we are? Spare us the lies and lame justifications for the cruel practices of these mega operations. Are we supposed to believe:
That animals in confinement are loving every minute of it?
That the selfless owners are thinking only of the welfare of the dear animals, rather than exploiting them for profit?
That animals living in cramped, toxic indoor conditions eating unnatural food, getting body parts cut off and forced into production overload and ill health is an improvement on God’s designs?
Which of these owners would be willing to trade places with the animals? It’s time that we demand reform and end the abuse of the least among us, our animal kin.
Better yet, stop raising animals for food at all, since it is an unsustainable practice, terrible on the environment and a contributor to poor health.
Carol J. Meyer