Factory Farming Is Animal Cruelty

Target: U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

Goal: To criminalize inhumane farming practices for livestock

Industrial farmers in the U.S. commit massive-scale animal cruelty on a daily basis. Conditions such as lifelong immobility due to overcrowding, forced feeding, premature impregnation, unsanitary environments, and un-anaesthetized surgery are commonplace on factory farms throughout the nation. An individual citizen would be prosecuted for animal cruelty for using the same practices on the same animals in a domestic setting, but because factory farms are a major part of our corporate economy, our government protects the use of these methods for the sake of industry profits. These conditions are not in any way necessary to meet the demands of the consumer, they are simply the result of a government that encourages large-scale industrial farming, at the expense of small local farms, and the well-being of hundreds of millions of animals.

It is purely financial interests that keep these practices in use in our country, to the benefit of a handful of individuals, while it causes untold damage to the health of our livestock,¬†not to mention our agricultural economy or the surrounding environment. 98% of our nation’s livestock are raised on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s), also known as factory farms, which comes to nearly 10 billion animals per year. The local family-farm economy of pre-War America supported the entire population with livestock raised outdoors, by human hands, and with care for the health of the animals. The arms-length corporatism that allows for factory farming did not arise from natural market forces, it arose from deliberate decisions made by our government to support big business over small, while turning a blind eye to the horrific realities that it caused.

Congress needs to set nation-wide standards for the humane treatment of livestock. Measurable standards for humane treatment could be things like the size of enclosures per animal, hours spent in open pastures per day, regulated veterinary practices, and natural diets. Industrial farmers will argue that these conditions strain their business, but the state of affairs right now strains the business of farms that already employ humane treatment of their livestock. Consumers can help by making informed decisions about the animal products they buy at the store. However, consumer choices will never add up to nation-wide reform until our government decides to outlaw this cruelty, and so we must press them to do so.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear House Committee on Agriculture,

Industrial farmers in the U.S. commit massive-scale animal cruelty on a daily basis. On Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) all over the country, animals are subject to conditions such as lifelong immobility due to overcrowding, forced feeding, premature impregnation, unsanitary environments, and un-anaesthetized surgery. An individual citizen would be prosecuted for animal cruelty for using the same practices on the same animals in a domestic setting, but because factory farms are a major part of the corporate economy, these methods have been protected for the sake of industry profits. These conditions are not in any way necessary to meet the demands of the consumer, they are simply the result of policies that encourage large-scale industrial farming, at the expense of small local farms and the well-being of hundreds of millions of animals.

We demand that you introduce Congressional bills to set nation-wide standards for the humane treatment of livestock. Measurable standards for humane treatment could be things like the size of enclosures per animal, hours spent in open pastures per day, regulated veterinary practices, and natural diets. Industrial farmers will argue that these conditions would strain their business, but the state of affairs as it is puts a major strain on those farms that already employ humane treatment of their livestock. It is the responsibility of our elected officials to protect those who can’t protect themselves, and so we ask you to protect the health and well-being of these many millions of animals. Please do the right thing, by helping us end this cruelty.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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  1. Aaron Johnson says:

    Factory-farming is a known issue. People had managed to become vegans because, animal cruelty is constant. These workers are corrupted. According to Mercy for Animals, they investigated lots of factory-farms. At this case, Cruelty at New York’s dairy farm, Ohio Dairy farm brutality, pig farm cruelty, etc.
    Factory-farming can cause a giant impact to our environment, such as a mass amount of pollution.

  2. Time for reform and the sooner the better. We cannot abuse other living beings like this.

  3. It’s not “Farming” it’s USA animal/child torture concentration factories. Trillions tortured daily. That’s what USA’s purpose is on Earth – TORTURE of animals/children by Ignorant masses kept in the dark by “Free Press” Censorship.

  4. There is absolutely no good that comes from factory farming, it is cruelty to the max. Even the workers they find seem to be rejects, who come to work crabby and take it out on the animals. These animals live a life of hell, and afterward the finished product isn’t even fit for consumption, but people become addicted to the idea that they have to have it! This whole practice is wrong on so many levels!

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