Why is the abuse of farm animals still legal in most states?
It is legal because pigs, birds and cattle cannot vote.
Doesn’t industrial agriculture lower the cost of food?
Food might cost less at the grocery store, but when secondary expenses are factored in, factory farming is not necessarily cost-effective. What economists call "externalities," such as cleaning up polluted rivers, streams and groundwater, can be passed along to households directly in the form of higher taxes or indirectly through medical expenses, higher insurance premiums and reduced property values.
Is eating "free-range" a solution?
The term "free range" often means less than it implies. Certainly, there are enlightened producers who provide their animals with the humane living conditions suggested by that soothing term, but all "free range" really tells us is that chickens are not kept in cages and that they have some access to the outdoors. That assumes, of course, that the birds have not been so unnaturally fattened that they can even walk to a doorway. Other inhumane aspects of modern confinement agriculture could still apply, including having their beaks burned off, being kept in perversely overcrowded, windowless sheds, and being slaughtered after only one or two years of life.
Is this just another “rights” issue?
Though it could be viewed that way, it is often a tactical error to frame the issue as such. By doing so, those opposed to the humane treatment of animals are handed a peripheral issue they can use to change the subject, i.e., do animals have rights? It is not necessary to prove that animals have rights in order to extend compassion to all living beings.
Is showing images of animal abuse intended to induce guilt?
The images are reality, and becoming educated on a subject requires knowing, understanding — and seeing — that reality. As for the “guilt” that viewing reality might induce, perhaps that’s just a person’s conscience making itself felt. “I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful," wrote Brenè Brown, an author and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. “It's holding something we've done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort."
What is the best way to give up eating meat?
Visit a slaughterhouse. Maybe like the ones below.