Professor Michael Gurin
Do you know what animal cruelty is? This is a common question where people would probably answer with the same response. The thing is that do you really know what animal cruelty is? Animal cruelty is not only physical abuse that animals receive but also on many other factors. This type of animal cruelty mostly occurs on industrial farms. You’re also probably wondering what an industrial farm is. Well let’s just say that it’s a bad thing.
A traditional farm is a farm where they raise livestock the original way. What I mean by the original way is that the animals have freedom. Animals have the ability to roam around in big spaces and live how they want with human maintenance. With this freedom, they can grow up to be healthy. An industrial farm is the opposite farm. The purpose of an industrial farm is to raise livestock and then ship them out to be slaughtered. Animals here have no freedom and no right. Animals are made to live under very harsh conditions. The living conditions are very poor. They are forced to live in a small environment with the same kind of animals. It’s so small and crowded that animals could barely move. With so many animals living in a small area, they all live in their own manure. There is maintenance in the farm but sometimes animals just live in such a long period of time in their own manure. This causes many effects but I will explain them later.
Animal are fed regularly or even more on an industrial farm. The reason why is because they want their livestock to be bigger than usual. They are also given antibiotics to grow much faster too. Antibiotics are given to them because the companies want to make money quick and with less effort. The antibiotics are made for the animals so they can gain more weight and require less feeding. This is good for business but bad for us. Another thing that they feed animals would blow your mind. Animals are fed rendered feathers, hair, skin, hooves, blood and intestines UCSASA (2012). They are also fed meat from their own species, meat from diseased animals, animal waste, plastics, antibiotics and unhealthy amounts of grains. With all this going around, the animal’s meat are much unhealthier than an animal which is raised the original way.
This question has probably passed your mind once but have you ever wondered how does animal cruelty start in a maintained environment? Well there are many factors that can make this happen. First most is that the factory farms are directed by the big businesses and they are ordered to produce animals as fast and cheap as they can. Businesses are not trying to be cruel but to maximize profits, there is no regards to the animals that suffer. The thing is that the farmers which are under a contract with the big business have no say on how animals get raised. If the farmers say no to the big business, they are terminated. What I mean about being terminated is that their contract is destroyed. Carole Morison, a Maryland chicken farmer under contract with Perdue Farms, was featured prominently in the film Food, Inc. “I’ve just made up my mind I’m gonna say what I have to say,” she says in the film, before opening the door to her henhouse to expose the filthy, overcrowded conditions of her factory-style farm Megan Bedard (2012). Morison was fed up with the conditions of the farm and the pressure of Perdue was a gradual build up. The upgrade that Perdue wanted was that they had to close the chickens off from sunlight and fresh air. Even from suffering of such little space, the companies would always look for more ways just to make it easier for themselves but harder for the animals. The reason why farm animals suffer so much is that they are not seen eye to eye as humans. Their sole purpose is to be raised and then sent off to the slaughter house.
There are many animals in a farm. When I went to my mom’s country,...