I really dont understand why more people do not speak out against factory farming. The animals are treated cruelly. It is not a happy life for them. They are stuck in small pens and over crowded and fed things that they are not meant to be fed. The are herbivores and a lot of times they are being fed dead cows or dead chickens. They were not meant to be carnivores. Thus we see the rise of mad cow disease. This comes from them getting fed dead cows. Their bodies were not meant to process that. They were meant to be grazers. They should not be injected full of antibiotics and growth hormones so they get so huge that they can't walk???!!! What are we supporting with our money!?? For every dollar we spend on meat that is not ethically raised, it goes into the pockets of the big wigs running the show. Do you know that only 4 companies put out 84% of the meat. They are in control of it from the seeds and stuff they are eating (so the farms) all the way to the death of the animals. This is a LOT of power. If you have not seen them I would highly recommend "Fresh the movie" (you can read about this at their website www.freshthemovie.com I hear it is on netflix instant as well. I bought it on amazon) and also "Food, Inc" (You can read about that here topdocumentaryfilms.com/food-inc/) Not to mention what we are doing to our own bodies and our children's bodies by purchasing and consuming these products. It is not good for anyone. It is not good for the planet. It is not good for the environment. It is not good for the animals. And it certainly is not good for us, the humans, either.
Did you know there is so much waste produced by the animals in these small pens that they are kept in that they can not reuse it? It becomes toxic waste essentially. On small farms, they rotate the animals through various pastures and they can use the waste. It is GOOD for the earth, the plants. The plants and animals have a working relationship you could say and it is beneficial to all.
Here is another good article. This was initially put out by Time Magazine in August 2009. http://www.powered-by-produce.com/2009/12/10/a-tale-of-two-cattle/
Finally one last reallygood article from Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1917726-5,00.html
So what am I going to do? Well when i was 16 I started off on my vegetarian path for EXACTLY these reasons!!!! The unethical treatment of animals. Am I going to go back to vegetarian? (sadly you can not even really trust the fish supply either!) to vegan? continue on the way we are or have been for the last 11 months? At this point in our lives, unfortunately, I can not go back to totally vegan. I am going to continue to buy the kosher chicken from whole foods and as SOON as the ethically raised, LOCAL, and kosher chicken becomes available this fall I will be putting my money and buying 4 chickens a month from them. So one chicken per week. I think that is good. I am going to cut back out meat usage for beef to only 2 other nights per week, as opposed to every day. So i will not be putting as much money into a industry that i despise. I am going to look at ecoglatt. I have contacted them again. If there is anyway I possibly can swing it, I will purchase a share from them and get that meat - especially with us cutting back to just 2 nights per week. Unfortunately for us, money is tight and we have so much debt right now that i have to consider that as well. The rest of the week we will be enjoying vegan fare. As far as produce goes I buy nearly everything organic. But that is a topic for another day.
If you have not looked into this topic, I really encourage you to do so. You should know what you are supporting and what you are feeding your kids and/or your self and/or your spouse. Every time we support the local or organic farmers we are telling the economy THAT is what we want. If enough of us did that, it has the potential to make the difference and maybe changes will happen. One person can make a difference.
(Just as a side note, I may post my paper I am writing for english comp II on my blog when I am done with it. It is about factory farming and will give many many more details than what I provided here. I really do highly encourage any one reading to research this topic more on their own as well though!!!!)