One of the recent headlines in the news, is the issue of 143 million pounds of recalled beef that went to schools for lunches. For those of you who don't know why the beef was recalled, it was because the animals were so neglected and abused, their meat was not fit for human consumption. The Human Society of the United States chose a slaughterhouse at random, and secretly taped the treatment of these animals. Their investigation documented animals too sick or injured to stand or walk—called "downers" by industry—being kicked, beaten, dragged with chains, shocked with electric prods, sprayed in the face with hoses, and rammed by forklifts in efforts to get them to their feet to pass USDA inspection. If you have a strong stomach and can handle it, you can see it here.
We are really in the dark in terms of how some farm animals are treated. Many chickens are kept in cages that don't allow them to move, while pigs are kept in tiny pens that are so small, they can't even turn over. Animals are strung up by their feet for slaughter while they are still conscious...watching as they are stabbed to death. It's sick, inhumane, disgusting and it strikes deep in my soul as being completely unethical. It is my belief that by being the strongest species, it is our job to care for and speak up for, those that can't do this for themselves. This includes animals and children.
Even if you don't choose to live a vegetarian lifestyle, please purchase products from farms and companies that take care of their animals humanly. Look for cage free eggs, free range chicken, wild fish, and cruelty free meat. This site Certified Humane lists which companies are certified cruelty free, and list by state where to purchase such products.
Thank you for listening to my soap box tirade...this is an issue that is very close to my heart and I feel very strongly about. It's our job to care for those that are weaker than we are, not to hurt them.