There seems to be a cognitive dissonance between people who eat meat and say they love animals. As children, our first instinct in dealing with animals is to love them, not eat them. We know that to eat meat and dairy, other beings have to die. Just because this has been happening for generations, that doesn’t mean it was ever okay.
Yes, the animals aren’t always treated cruelly. However, they are still killed for food. Many large scale organisations that sell meat and dairy products supply their food from large scale industrial suppliers rather than ‘humane’ farms. A slaughterhouse or factory farm is the more efficient alternative. After all, that’s all that matters, isn’t it? Cost efficiency for the most competitive prices.
In an undercover investigation by the activist organisation, Mercy for Animals, we see the reality of what these farming practices are really like. In the recordings, we see the baby chicks being separated from male and female. Male chicks are discarded and ground alive in many cases, as they are of no use since they cannot lay eggs. Their death is planned the day they are born. This is similar to baby male cows. They are put to death as soon as possible and made to be veal, as they do not produce milk and cannot reproduce.
Australia’s favourite fast food giants such as KFC and McDonalds have numerous investigations from all over the world, exposing the truth behind how the meat in their menu is really prepared. According to investigations by Mercy for Animals, chickens in factory farms are bred to grow at such an intense rate that their legs are crippled under their own weight.
When we are shocked with the truth, it is easy to feel helpless, like the situation is out of control. Not this time. The vegan movement is growing rapidly and awareness of these injustices are spreading, especially with the help of social media. You can help too. A simple change in your diet is all it takes to save the lives of many. The following videos show evidence of what goes on in these environments. For more information, please watch the documentary, ‘Earthlings’.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES NOT SUITED FOR ALL AUDIENCES
Hatchery Horrors: The egg industry’s tiniest victims., Mercy for Animals, 8/5/16, http://hatchery.mercyforanimals.org
Animals, ChooseVeg, 8/5/16, http://www.chooseveg.com/animals
Bred for Pain, Mercy for Animals, 8/5/16, http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/learnmore.php
Martha Rosenberg, MR 2012, We’re Eating WHAT? McDonalds-Linked Slaughterhouse Shut Down, http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/martharosenberg/were-eating-what-mcdonalds-linked-slaughterhouse-shut-down