Posts Tagged ‘Industrial Agriculture’

Our American food

October 31, 2015

Hat tip to Hal Bauer

Do animals have the same rights as humans?

May 14, 2015

If a firefighter died going into a burning building to save a human baby, I would regard that firefighter as a hero.

If a firefighter died going into a burning building to save a puppy or kitten, I would regard that firefighter as a tragic victim of bad judgment.

animal_rights_by_animebigboy-d393s4vNow, from the cosmic point of Olaf Stapledon’s Star Maker, it could be argued that, from the cosmic point of view, there is not all that much difference between a kitten, a puppy and a human baby.  But I don’t have the cosmic view.  I have the human view.

To say this, however, is not a sufficient answer to the animal rights warriors when they talk about cruelty to animals, especially the systematic cruelty of today’s industrial agriculture—chickens, cows and pigs forced to spend their entire lives in cages.

You are a typical egg-laying chicken in America, and this is your life: You’re trapped in a cage with six to eight hens, each given less than a square foot of space to roost and sleep in.  The cages rise five high and run thousands long in a warehouse without windows or skylights.

You see and smell nothing from the moment of your birth but the shit coming down through the open slats of the battery cages above you.  It coats your feathers and becomes a second skin; by the time you’re plucked from your cage for slaughter, your bones and wings breaking in the grasp of harried workers, you look less like a hen than an oil-spill duck, blackened by years of droppings.