-Dr Paul Farmer
"We have happy cow ads, happy chicken ads, and it's all a lie. It's totally dishonest, but it's not illegal. You can do anything you want to an animal whose flesh or milk or eggs you intend to sell, and you can lie about it all you want, because we have made this semantic distinction between some animals and others. Some we love, others we not only butcher, we torture. And somehow we rationalize this, forgetting that all of these creatures have something incredibly important in common. They all draw breath from the same source as we do. They are all parts of the earth community. "All God's critters," someone wisely said," have a place in the choir."
-John Robbins in the foreward of Dr Melanie Joy's book: 'Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism'
Our sentimental image of pigs, chickens, and cows being raised on an idyllic family farm is seriously outdated. Over 95% of the staggering 650 million animals raised and slaughtered for food in Canada today are mass-produced on factory farms. Here they live their short lives indoors in intensive confinement systems, deprived of everything that is natural to them including sunlight, family,fresh air and even the ability to turn around. The horrific conditions that exist on Canadian modern farms are beyond shameful and include animals being crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other cruel confinement systems. These animals suffer staggering neglect, mutilation, genetic manipulation and drug regimens that cause acute and chronic pain and debilitation. During transport thousands die from overcrowding and extreme temperatures. Their tortured lives end in terror with violent and gruesome deaths in slaughterhouses across the country. Factory farming is built on an attitude that regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit. In animal agriculture, this attitude has led to institutionalized animal cruelty, massive environmental destruction, resource depletion, and animal and human health risks.
Don't be sorry.
Vote with your dollar.
Vote with your fork!
This is the size of a typical gestation crate where every momma pig spends every long torturous moment of every day of her short life - she's only let out when she gets shipped for slaughter and is often beaten to the truck because she's unable to walk on her own.
If you must purchase meat, only purchase pasture raised pigs, chickens or cows where the animals got to live outdoors with their feet on the ground where they belong.
"IT WERE MUCH BETTER THAT A SENTIENT BEING SHOULD NEVER HAVE EXISTED THAN THAT IT SHOULD HAVE EXISTED ONLY TO ENDURE UNMITIGATED MISERY."
- PERCY SHELEY
"From a business standpoint, animal welfare is a barrier to profit, as it costs less to mass-produce animals and discard those who die prematurely than it does to care for them adequately. In fact, it is estimated that upwards of 500 million animals destined to become food die before reaching the slaughterhouse, a factor that is built into the cost of production. It is these cost-cutting measures that make modern meat production one of the most inhumane practices in human history."
-Dr Melanie Joy from her book 'Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism'