Eating meat is delicious, it brings people together and according to our government it is also healthy. Dog fighting is also fun, it brings people together, and what is unhealthy about it? Nothing is, except for the dog. Why do we care so much more about dogs than we do about a pig, cow or chicken on a factory farm? If your child had a chicken and had fun poking its eyes and cutting its beak, I am sure you would stop this irrational behavior immediately. Yet, the chicken we often eat has had harsh treatment that we shrug off by saying “Well, I didn’t know this animal, so I don’t feel as bad.” Are we that apathetic towards the truth?”
Johnathan Safran Foer is one of my favorite my favorite Authors. He wrote a book called “Eating Animals” where he explores the many ways that animals are farmed. He brings the audience into the hellish life and death of 98% of farmed animals. A favorite quote form his book:
“What the meat industry figured out is that you don’t need healthy animals to make a profit. Sick animals are more profitable…Factory farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That’s the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying…We live in a world in which it’s conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals. Chew on that.