I was discussing eating habits with my boyfriend last night. While he eats meat, I am a vegetarian. He has never shown any negativity towards my eating habits but last night he brought up a good point that got me thinking. He told me that supporting local farms where animals are treated well would have more of an impact than avoiding eating meat at all, since I would be directly supporting the positive well being of these animals. I wasn’t sure what to say back, and was wondering what fellow PETA members think about this!
Thank you for your input:)
There is this façade about small farms, where animals live a beautiful life and are treated with respect, love and care. However, you have to keep in mind than all animals, in “small farms” or in factory farms all have the same fate. At the end of their short lives they will have a blade slitting their throats and they will be killed, just for the enjoyment of someone else. Than in itself is not humane. The idea of animal rights is that animals are not ours to use, no matter how well we treat them. So no, supporting small farms is not supporting the well being of the animals. A faster way to see this is think about your dog/cat, how well you treat them, how much love you give them, how “free-range” they are, then suddenly picture them being killed for consumption. NOT a pretty picture. Same story for animals in ANY farm. Hope this helps! Keep rocking!
Even if farmed animals live a good life, they’re eventually all shipped to the same slaughterhouse. “Factory farming now accounts for more than 99 percent of all farmed animals raised and slaughtered in the United States” (farmforward.com). With the current human population, it takes too much space to raise livestock truly as humanely as possible. Most of the people buying “humane” meat have never met their food. They buy animal products labeled organic, free-range and cage-free but the conditions are, at best, only slightly less atrocious than that of the other factory farms. Even if there were enough space to raise each animal as humanely as possible, there is no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die, and the environmental impact and waste of food are still tremendous.
If you want to support the well-being of animals, donate to a shelter or sanctuary instead. It’s possible to show support without violence. ♥ Props to you for being veg!
While small local farms generally treat their animals better than factory farms the animals still experience inhumane treatment. The book ‘The Way We Eat’ is a great book that looks into these farms.
In the end I feel like not eating meat is the best choice of action for because whether or not the animal is treated humanely it still isn’t right to kill others simply for our taste buds. In this day and age there is no reason to eat meat and thus no reason to slaughter.