eating animals part II

On Monday I finished reading Eating Animals. Like I said before, the author presents several different perspectives. You can’t pick it up and say that he is trying to turn you into a vegetarian, he seems to merely present to you interviews of farmers, factory farm workers, employees from PETA, independent animal activists, vegetarians and vegans.

If this book did anything for me, it brought awareness to the treatment of animals in factory farms and the effects it has on our health. I cannot read this book and then ignore what I’ve just spent a week educating myself on. I believe that I would only continue to hurt myself and support something that is clearly wrong.

If anyone knows me on a personal level, they know that quite frankly…I don’t really like animals. From a distance, yes, but not to own and take care of. I’m the one who doesn’t even want to pet a dog, no matter the cuteness it offers. BUT that doesn’t mean I support animal cruelty in any way. Which is exactly what factory farming is doing. The accounts that this book holds (and several others out there to read, along with movies) are gruesome. Cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys treated horridly, to the point where they become sick and DESPITE their being sick…are still killed and processed into the food that reaches our kitchen tables.

That’s only a fragment of what was presented.

Farmed animals are fed antibiotics nontherapeutically (before they get sick). Does that sound right? Another piece…“In the world of factory farming, expectations are turned upside down. Veterinarians don’t work toward optimal health, but optimal profitability. Drugs are not for curing diseases but substitutes for destroyed immune systems. Farmers do not aim to produce healthy animals.”

You might say it’s not fair, there are farmers who treat their animals good and are working against factory farming. Foer talks about this as well, choosing to buy local/organic meats. He poses the argument that we might not “be made” to eat meat and that’s where he refers again to the subject of the ethics behind eating animals. Which touches an entirely different subject, in my opinion.

There are several viewpoints on “eating animals”…I’m not going to give mine because I don’t feel completely confident in it yet. I hope you take the time to educate yourself on the food industry and make smart decisions for yourself and not just follow what I believe.

I have a list of other books to read on the subject and a few documentaries I plan on watching to educate myself more.

We’ll see where it all leads…

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