Humans are the dominant species on this planet. Our ability to build tools and think in an intellectual manner makes us believe that the world was created for us… and only for us. With the growing global economic concerns such as poverty, famine, debt recovery, the mass media tend to neglect the vitality of animal abuse awareness.
Animals have been giving us food and clothing for thousands of years now and because of that we should have the utmost respect for them. Instead, humans have been brutally abusing and neglecting them. Many people are not aware of the kinds of animal abuse that goes on due to our demand of animal based food and other supplies.
If people were asked to name the types of cruel treatment that animals receive, most would mention the inhumane treatment that some owners give their dogs or cats. Little do most people know, abuse to domestic dogs and cats only dwarfs the amount and type of abuse that goes on to countless animals in numerous ways. Animals are part of our community. When we choose the kinds of food we eat, we should consider what we are eating and where that food came from.
Many Americans are not aware of farm animal cruelty. The unimaginable pain and suffering that animals have to go through is jaw dropping. Majority of the meat we see in commercial and retail supermarkets comes from factory farms. What are factory farms? Well, it is a huge industrial operation that encompasses thousands of livestock. Animals here (such as cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys etc.) are confined to extremely tight living spaces where, in most cases, they do not ever get to see sunlight. Newborns are taken away from their mothers within 24 hours and have their bodies altered so that they do not harm each other in the small spaces where they are confined. Young chickens and turkeys are debeaked, a process where their beaks are permanently trimmed with a metal blade so that they do not harm each other as they are under stress by being given hormones so they can produce abnormal amount of eggs. Cows and other live stock are burned on their faces with scorching hot irons to identify which group or company they belong to – this process is called “branding”. All of these animals then have to go through the painful process of stunning; in this process a strike of very high intensity bolt is put to the livestock’s forehead to knock it unconscious instantly. This may sound like it is the most humane way to kill and animal, but majority of the time the animals do not die with the first stun… the workers, though, tend not to care about the withering animal and continue with the slaughtering process. Female cows are induced with hormones so that they can produce abnormal amounts of milk. Their babies are taken away from them usually within 24 hours after birth and the mother cows are automatically put to work in a 24/7 lactation process.
Undercover investigation shows videos of workers brutally beating, cursing at, and torturing animals, even newborns… sometimes for amusement. Animals are living, loving and feeling creature just as humans are. They deserve naturalistic lives, not a life of a machine in a factory. Simple changes in your lifestyle can make a big impact in helping to end animal cruelty. Here are three changes you can make today:
Consume Less Meat
There’s no need to go vegan. After all, we are carnivorous mammals. Instead, by reducing meat consumption to only three days a week, not only will you reduce your risk of many diseases but you will also help end farm animal cruelty by not supporting suppliers who use factory farms.
Research Your Dairy/Meat
Try to buy meat and dairy products from either local farms, family owned farms, or suppliers that have been certified humane. The animals in these farms tend to have more of a natural, healthy, and safe environment.
Spread The Word
One of the best things you can do is inform and educate others! Help others become aware of the kinds of animal abuse that is going on. Social media is a great way to spread the word, but you can also make your own flyers at home and give them out at work, school, or even in the streets!