Imagine a World Without Factory Farming. Then Go and Make It
Written by Ruth Barringham
Created Tuesday, 13 August 2013
“Make It Possible” is the latest campaign from Animals Australia to put an end to factory farming which would no only stop all the misery and suffering that farm animals go through, but it would also save the whole planet by lessening the environmental impact from the meat industry that accounts for 91 mega tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year. Now wouldn’t that be a saving?
Factory farming is the #1 cause of animal cruelty in this country as well as being one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution, and yet it is the simplest problem to solve.
The animal rights organisation, Animals Australia, has started a huge campaign to end factory farming called “Make It Possible.” And their efforts have already caused much media attention and, although still in the early stages, has already prompted the big supermarkets to start selling “sow stall-free” pork.
Factory farming was born from the need to produce more animals for food in the cheapest way possible. This has resulted in animals being kept in small, dark, confined spaces and suffering unending misery on a daily basis.
So far all attempts to put an end to factory farming have been met by oppostion from the big agricultural lobbiest in parliament who oppose any and all laws that would end factory farming once and for all. They use arguments about how it would damage the economy if factory farming was stopped and ignore the cruelty and pollution that it causes.
You only have to look inside a factory farm to see the filth and misery that the animals are trapped in. And where does all that filth end up? In our rivers and creeks when it’s washed away.
And as more people are becoming aware of the problems with factory farming, the companies involved have started to lie about how bad things are the the animals.
Take for instance the chicken company, Steggles.
They and the companies that supply chickens to them, have been found guilty of deceit and lying. They have long advertised that their chickens that are sold as meat were raised “free to roam.” And yet after a court case in July 2013, they were found to be guilty of fraud when it was discovered that their chickens (which are slaughtered at only 42 days old) were living their short lives in sheds crammed with tens of thousands of birds, each with as little space as an A4 sheet of paper.
And it wasn’t only Steggles and their suppliers that were in trouble. According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Chicken Meat Fedreration was also found guilty of having “engaged in false, misleading and deceptive conduct.”
So with no one you can trust when it comes to the meat and poultry industry and constant opposition from the lobbyists, what can be done?
The good news is that we don’t need any of them and together we can put an end to factory farming ourselves.
This industry only exists because there is a demand for cheap meat, no matter how much pain and suffering it costs the animals or how much it pollutes our environment.
But if we don’t buy something, retailers won’t stock it. So if there is no demand for factory farm products, the farmers will be forced to change their practices.
Refusing to buy anything from a factory farm sends the strongest message possible to the industry and eating less or no animal products reduces or eliminates the need for animals to be so intensively farmed.
The ultimate choice for animals, is to go meat free and eat a completely vegan diet.
It’s the only way we can be sure that no animals were harmed to produce our food.
And it really is that simple.
You see, you can’t make informed choices if you don’t know what’s going on. You need to discover the real truth about what your and your family are eating.
That’s why it’s imperative to learn as much about factory farming as you can.
And then go and tell others.
Next time you go to the supermarket, vote with your trolley and only fill it with ethical food choices.
And if you want to find out more about the truth about factory farming, take a quick look at the video on the Animals Australia website and sign the pledge to help Make It Possible.
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