Factory Farming

riona ryan 7th

media influences

meat is murder

"Meat is Murder", a song by actively vegetarian indie giants the Smiths, is a blunt look into the questionable ethics of eating animals. "It's death without reason/ and death without reason is murder," is just one example of Morrissey's strong lyrical language. The song brings the unbiased listener into a new view of meat consumption as a whole, and helps us consider the animals suffering in factory farming conditions all the more painfully.
The Smiths - Meat Is Murder

food inc

"Food, Inc." exposes the corrupt business done by large food corporations and the ways that it harms small farmers, workers, and animals. It brought corporate farming into the public eye and caused many people to go vegetarian or stop consuming factory-farmed food.
Food Inc - Official Trailer [HD]

Mercy For Animals Undercover Investigations

MFA (Mercy For Animals) continually sends undercover cameramen into the field to expose animal cruelty in factory farms. These are just some examples of the awful footage taken during the investigations. Most of MFA's videos have triggered lawsuits and factory reform due to public outrage and disgust. (disturbing content, viewer discretion advised)
Shocking Video: Walmart Pork Supplier Caught Abusing Pigs
No Mercy - Calf Farm Cruelty Exposed

Interpersonal Communication

1. Veg Authority

If you want to know more about the horrors of factory farming, ask any well-versed vegetarian/vegan. There is plenty to tell, and most vegs have a lot of reasons for their food choice. Ask them about it! Healthy eaters can be found in concentration at places like the St. Peter Food Co'op.

2. A Meat-Eating Friend

Now that you know a lot about factory farming, it's time to inform others. One person changing is great, but three or four is even better. Tell your friends about the awful treatment of animals in factory farms. Show them the videos and present them with the facts. In corporate farms, animals are treated as products instead of living things, and are exploited and deformed until just before they die in order to maximize profit. Not many people know this, or are willing to accept it, so it is important to have conversations about it, even if they don't want to hear what you have to say.

3. Your Parents

Most vegs are raised on meat. Coming out to your parents as vegetarian is a hard thing to do, especially if they cook for you. Be sure to tell them how horrible you feel about the bad things happening in factory farms, and how you don't want to feel responsible for them. Being open with parents is always important!

Effects of Factory Farming

Positive

-Cheap food is made available by greedy mega-corporations.

-People who dislike tofu and beans can still get cheap, easy protein.

-The cruelty that occurs is more incentive to become vegetarian than a simple feeling of kinship with animals.

-Some progress has been made toward stopping animal cruelty due to shocking videos from factory farms.

Negative

-Animals are subjected to horrible cruelty. Pigs and chickens are boiled alive, birds debeaked, meat animals subjected to harmful medication designed to maximize the amount of meat they produce with complete disregard for pain or sickness caused by this short of death.

-Questionable sanitation in factories can result in food poisoning and disease.

-Small farmers are pushed out of business, and fresh food becomes harder to attain.

-People stop asking where their food is coming from and enable companies to continue their monopolies.

Advances

1. In The Factories (bad)

New technology is used in factory farms to maximize profit. Medical advances have allowed farms to raise chickens four times their intended size. This, while optimal for meat production, is detrimental to the chickens' health, and many of these meat chickens' bones snap under the weight of their own bodies. Other advances in machinery and caging/slaughtering techniques are constantly being integrated to raise production rates.

2. In our technology (good)

Advances in media technology, including bug cameras that are easy to sneak in to factories on exposure operations, help keep the public informed about cruelty and corruption in farms.

3. In Policy (Also good)

The EPA has fought for rights for animals for a very long time. One of the most important policies that keeps companies from rampant cruelty is the Animal Welfare Act, passed in 1966. It regulates the treatment of animals in farms and research facilities. However, exemptions from the Welfare Act exist (birds are not included), and violations occur, along with the use of dubious loopholes in the law.