Every time I watch a video documentary on factory farming, it takes me hours (sometimes days) to forget the images of cruelty I witness. The lack of empathy for animals is simply traumatic. After all, animals live, breathe, think and feel just as we humans do. Hugging my dog can mend the wound, but it does not remove the scar. It begs the question….why watch these videos in the first place? Am I just torturing myself? I suppose it would be much easier to ignore these videos altogether and pretend that factory farming does not exist. But is that a worthy solution? In a way, it reminds me of the Edmund Burke quote: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” For that reason alone, I think it’s more important to be aware and informed, rather than comfortably burying my head in the proverbial sand.
The following short video is a tame, tasteful and logical account of where most of our meat is produced. Unless you and/or the restaurants at which you dine intentionally source free range or organic products, this is where your meat comes from….a factory farm. So by purchasing these products, you are indirectly supporting this industry.
Having watched this video, and many similar videos, it is difficult for me to appreciate and accept that this practice exists in our modern-day evolved society. Day after day after day, these animals are subjected to intolerable stress and abject misery. As I wake up this Saturday morning and plan my day, it pains me to think there are millions of animals who have no plan but to be confined….yet again. I wonder what might cross their minds as they live in entrapment. The question of “What are we doing in here?” is something I often consider. As sad as it may seem, it is somewhat comforting to me that the animals do not know any better….for that IS their life, their world, their existence. That being said, their quality of life is entirely non-existent. And as far as I am aware, they did nothing to deserve to live a life on our earth for the sole purpose of being killed.
If you were moved at all by this video, check out this “meat-free month” challenge that begins on March 20th, the first day of Spring. I am going to participate in this movement against factory farming. That’s not to say that I won’t eat ANY meat, just none that is sourced from a factory farm, which is an industry that I do not care to support. Join me!