Buy non-factory farm cattle meat and dairy for your restaurants- stop supporting cruelty
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Imagine an animal farm. What comes to mind? A sprawling, green enclosure spotted with well-cared-for, happy cows? You couldn’t be farther from the truth. This image contrasts sharply to the harsh reality of the cruel factory farms where your meat really comes from.
We continue to see beautiful meadows on the backs of our milk cartons, and we believe that the food on our table was once a happy, comfortable animal, as if its tortured life never existed. And does it occur to you that this oppression was caused by people just like you and me? Just by eating inhumanely-treated meat, we are supporting the mistreatment wholeheartedly.
Cattle in factory farms today live in perpetual misery; they are starved, diseased, enclosed and afraid. Perhaps treated worst of all, dairy cows suffer artificial impregnations and terrible antibiotic-induced diseases throughout their lives. In fact, their treatment is so gruesome that “Cows’ natural life expectancy is 20 years or more, but the average dairy cow lives just three to four years, exhausted by constant lactation and frequent disease” (Murray 2). Four years is just a fifth of twenty—and that’s on the higher end of the average. But have the cattle done anything to deserve these injustices? No.
Not at all.
On the contrary, dairy cows give all of themselves to humans: their milk and countless milk-based dairy products, their flesh, and even their offspring. Young cattle are stripped away from their mothers at birth and never returned—they either become the next generation of dairy cows, or are mercilessly slaughtered just a few months into their lives to become veal. Veal calves, unwanted and useless dairy males, are treated cruelly at every stage of their short, bitter lives.The ASPCA writes that cows’ male young are confined for most of their lives to tiny stalls and fed next to nothing so that their flesh remains tender and pale (“Animals” 2-3). In other words, the newborns are starved, electrically shocked, and basically imprisoned in tiny wooden crates so that their muscles break down into disused strips of flesh. No nutrients, such as iron, are allowed to color them, so that they remain a sickly pale. But these actions are totally justified—right?
Not only is this treatment bad for the animals, it is also bad for the people consuming them. The atrocious situations most slaughtered animals go through cause them to release many poisonous hormones (especially during slaughter), which are consumed by anyone who eats meat. This could potentially be a factor in many major, life-threatening diseases such as cancer- hormone imbalance has been proven to cause pro-cancer growth environments inside a human's body.
If Fortune 500 restaurants such as McDonald's start buying their meat from small, organic, free-range farms, it would benefit consumers, animals, and restaurants alike. We could all rest easy, knowing our food caused nobody any misery, AND knowing that we are not contributing to any cancers or diseases inside our own bodies. The restaurants would begin to support smaller, family-owned farms, which would support entrepreneurship and the economy. The animals would, of course, not live a life of terror and die well-cared-for.
What does the term “cash cow” mean to you? To these poor animals, it means the loss of their basic needs and their natural lifestyles. Billions of dairy cows are being “manhandled” and brutalized right now. Make a difference because even though the animals are not humans, none of us have any excuse to be inhumane.
"Animals on Factory Farms." ASPCA. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
“Farm Animal Welfare: An Assessment of Product Labeling Claims, Industry Quality Assurance Guidelines and Third Party Certification Standards.” Food and Drug Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
Harper, Roseanne. "Supermarket News: Spotlight on Animal Care Reflects Consumer Concerns." Certified Humane. Humane Farm Animal Care, 02 May 2005. Web. 12 Jan. 2016.
Murray, Lorraine. "The Big Business of Dairy Farming: Big Trouble for Cows." Advocacy for Animals. Encyclopaedia Britannica Advocacy for Animals, 11 June 2007. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.
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