It’s the same deal with cows. These cows are stuffed into crowded, unventilated factories. They never see light, they never even see grass. They’re fed corn – not grass – because corn is cheaper. They are grabbed off the ground by their ankles, and machinery carries them through the air, and within seconds, they are brutally chopped up. 90,000 of them. Each day.
But what’s most disturbing is that the lawyers and corporate executives in the food industry have positions in our very government. Thus, they can influence regulations and do as they please. According to Food, Inc. (an eye opening documentary that everyone should rent), in 1972, the FDA conducted 50,000 inspections, but that number plummeted to 9,184 in 2006. And in some states, laws were even passed forbidding the publication of any photos of an industrial food operation.
For now, there are few alternatives. But if you are willing to shop around and take a couple of seconds to read labels, you can surely find meat from humane companies. Whole Foods Market, for instance, has meats labeled "animal compassionate."
However, in the end, if widespread change is to come, this issue must be fought in numbers. If more people are made aware of these horrors, perhaps a mass consumer movement demanding better food and better treatment of animals can spread. But in the meantime, the first step would be to spread the word.