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Over the last decade, industrial agriculture’s abusive practices have had a bright light shinned on them by animal protection groups like World Animal Protection Association. Undercover investigations have documented egregious cruelty to animals at an alarming rate. When we see these exposes, and learn the truth about how animals are treated on factory farms, one of the first questions we ask ourselves is, “How can this be legal?”
Change in mindset of how we view farm animals, family farming was starting to be replaced with the factory farms we know today. This combination of reduced protection and increased exploitation has led us to the incredibly outdated legal protection system we have in place regarding farm animals.
Veal Crates – Male cows have little economic value in the dairy industry, for that reason, male calves at only days old are taken from their mothers and slaughtered for veal. Calves are typically confined in veal crates for the duration of their short 16-week lives. In these crates, calves are unable to even turn around and often chained by the neck to further restrict movement, thereby keeping their meat tender. Some have outlawed or are phasing out veal crates.
Gestation crates – In the pork industry, over five million mother pigs are confined day and night for nearly their entire life in gestation crates. During constant cycles of impregnation, the pigs are unable to even turn around.
Renowned animal welfare scientist Dr. Temple Grandin says, “We’ve got to treat animals right, and gestation stalls have got to go … Confining an animal for most of its life in a box in which it is not able to turn around does not provide a decent life.”With the help of the other animal protection advocates, there have passed laws to prohibit the use of gestation crates. What’s more, some of the world’s largest food companies have announced that they will also eliminate gestation crates from their supply chains.
Besides about 3/4 of the world’s mother pigs are kept in a narrow limit bar. Therefore, the World Animal Protection Association has launched a pig welfare project on a global scale, calling for the abolition of the limit bar to improve animal welfare.
Battery Cages – In the U.S, roughly 250 million egg laying hens are confined in small wire cages called battery cages. In these cages, the birds are packed in so tightly that they’re unable to even spread their wings, engage in natural behaviors like dust bathing.
A federal bill backed by the largest animals welfare groups and the United Egg Producers, would ban battery cages nationwide, which would give birds double the space they currently have.
To conclude, we truly need to get politically active on behalf of animals. If you’re a student, try checking out a course (or full study) in animal law at your university. Meet with your representatives and speak out about issues that are important to you. Above all, do something. These animals need us to be their voice.