This subject has taken up whole books, but in many cases the jobs at these slaughter facilities are the only jobs these workers can get. These facilities not only create horrible situations for the animals that pass through their doors, but in many cases the humans working within them are treated horribly as well. They are working in truly horrifying conditions, trying to feed their families, having to treat animals in heinous ways.
Great article. Wow your farm seems like A LOT of work, but the rewards tremendous.
I am trying to stop eating meat (which I love) because of that which you described above. I’ve known the truth about how most of our meat comes to us for about 20 years. Most likely it comes from (so called “farms” described above,) and not the way of your farm. I can live with eating something from your farm…it’s far more difficult to reconcile eating it from the other.
And yet, I was doing it, until very recently. It wasn’t until I heard about when the hurricanes hit the Carolinas and how all those animals (pigs and chicken) living in shoeboxes and being treated horribly anyway, were just left to die. Millions of them drowned because no one had a back up plan for them.
Now, whenever I taste chicken, it makes me sick to my stomach. I can’t do it. I just can’t. I was always on the fence about pork anyway…my only vice there was bacon.
My point is, I can no longer ignore, how atrociously the animals on most farms are treated…and when I acknowledge that, it makes me sick to my stomach.
I agree with you. If what you say is true, you’re not a violent person, in this paradigm, you’re quite the opposite.
But, I think it’s also true that people are waking up to how insanely violent this world really is, and so the finger pointing is all over the place.
So many millennials refuse to eat meat (or even cheese or eggs), because they are so deeply opposed to the way the corporate farming industry treats animals. And…while I don’t (at least I didn’t) make that choice with them, I understood it.
Many times, they become belligerent in their stance…that’s just youth, I think. The young have so much energy. But what can we do, but, like the old song says, sigh…and love them.