There are millions of cats, dogs and other pets that are treated inhumanely and we have created a sense of protection for them. But, what about the many more millions of farm animals that are unable to see the sun, cannot turn around in their pens, can’t stretch their wings, are used up until they are no good and suffer great pain.
All of us suffer from this type of treatment, humans suffer from animal products that make us sick, diseased and sometimes die.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe – John Muir
I happen to like this organization because they spend time in different areas of the planet educating and retraining people to create an understanding of the deep connection between us and the animals.
This came to me from The World Society for the Protection of Animals. Animals need our heart, our kindness, our protection. If we choose to have them feed us our responsibility to them is to make sure that they are treated humanely and live their lives in the manner they are meant to before we take their lives. Share this blog and spread the humanity.
Chances are your car was made with more care and compassion than the food you eat. That’s the tragedy of factory farming – it maximizes the suffering of animals, increases health risks to people and puts a strain on the planet – all in service to the bottom line.
Today, farm animals are often kept in deplorable conditions. Overcrowding is the norm and some animals never see daylight. Stress-related diseases are rampant, leading to heavy use of antibiotics, which in turn breeds super-germs.
Consider just a few examples:
• Three quarters of all egg-laying hens are confined in cramped cages, each forced to live in a space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper. A caged hen will never have the opportunity to stretch her wings, go outside, walk or peck the ground.
• A dairy cow is crammed into a shed with 500 other cows, so that she can easily be milked three times each day. Bred to produce more milk than is good for their health, she is constantly exhausted and often lame because of the strains on her body.
• A factory farm sow is restrained for her whole life, caged in a stall so narrow she cannot even turn around. She suffers from weak bones, wasted muscles, heart damage, cuts, abrasions and lung infections from poor air quality.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, WSPA and local partners are showcasing alternative farming methods that are more humane, more sustainable and can help lift farmers from poverty.
• In Eastern India, free-range chickens are able to live natural lives, while also providing better livelihoods to community farmers;
• In Brazil, a commercial poultry company is raising free-range chickens and producing organic eggs on a large enough scale to sell throughout the country; and
• Here in the U.S., Georgia’s White Oak Pastures raises cattle who live on pastures their entire lives, with lots of shade and water.
WSPA is working in countries around the world to demonstrate alternatives to unnecessary and wasteful factory farms, and campaign for new laws to protect farm animals. With your help, we can see the darkest days of factory farm abuses put behind us, as well as other cruel practices that harm animals.
Executive Director, WSPA USA