LETTER: Factory Farms and Their Abuses

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWMost people care about animals, but they are unaware of the legally sanctioned abuses that occur every day on factory farms. Misleading marketing practices show farm animals in bucolic fields enjoying the fresh air and sun, yet that is not the reality they face. Their lives are pure misery. The only good day they experience is the day they are slaughtered.

Farm animals are treated like products where they are crammed into cages so small that they cannot stand or stretch their limbs for their whole lives. The animals develop skeletal deformities from being immobilized for so long. They lie on slatted floors so that workers can hose their feces through the cracks. Tails and beaks are routinely cut off without any painkillers to reduce the aggression that results from the stress of overcrowding. There is absolutely no consideration for them as sentient beings that feel emotions and pain.

Virtually all the food in the U.S. is produced this way. The only way to stop this cruelty is to decrease demand. Fortunately, there is an increasing supply of plant-based foods in supermarkets every day. Choosing these foods will not only save some animals from suffering, but it will also improve our health and protect the environment.

Pat Harmon

District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States

Stamford, CT

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