why im a vegetiarian

As a child I used to go watch my neighbors cows grazing in the fields.  When I reached the field one morning I noticed a truck parked in the middle of the field with the back end opened toward the road. As I got closer I noticed a cow was tied one foot to the ceiling of the truck, and a man dressed in white was reaching down with a knife. With a shriek of agony and a spurt of blood the cow began to die. This memory will haunt me forever! Many Americans don’t know where the meat they love so much comes from or how the animal is treated before it becomes their dinner. Every day animals are being abused by humans for food consumption. This animal abuse is both inhuman and unnecessary; therefore, we should all make an effort to change, both to save animals lives, and to protect them from needless torture.  

Many Americans are unaware of the mistreatment and cruelty that takes place in factory farms. Others just do not care about the feelings of animals, which according to Peter Singer a author and leader advocating animal rights, who was interviewed for the book For the Prevention of Cruelty, says that ignoring the abuse that takes place in factory farms is nothing short of spiecesism, which means favoring one’s own species, and being against another. He goes on to say that the abuse we put animals through would in no way be expectable in our minds for the treatment of humans (Beers 173). As Paul Vitello, a columnist from The New York Times says, “Animals are for petting, not killing. Meat, unrelated, is for eating.”(Vitello, New York Times). This mentally is the same for many Americans making it extremely hard for them to see any problem with the meat industry, even though something is horribly wrong.

Factory farms include slaughter houses, stock yards, or anywhere where animals are grown only for consumption purposes, in a factory style. These places are no holiday for the animals. They are crammed into tiny cages, which in most cases they cannot even move around in, many are: beaten and drugged, they are killed in horrible ways and subjected in some cases to torture. In Amy Achor’s book Animal Rights: A Beginners Guide she exposes the life of a factory farm chicken.  From the birth of a chicken in a hen farm they go through a process known as sexing which means they literally throw away the males. All of the male chicks are thrown into a garbage sack and left to suffocate or be crushed to death.  If they were female therefore surviving the process, they are debeaked, thrown into a cage so small that some have to get their wings broken so they fit inside. Next, they lay eggs for two years until they are no longer as fertile at which point they are shipped to a slaughter house. Chickens raised to be eaten are only two months old when shipped to a slaughter house (Achor 81).

Pigs if possible are treated worse. In the book Animal Rights: A Begginers Guide author Amy Achor explains the abuse of pigs in a factory farm. They are strapped to the floor to be impregnated by a machine while they struggle and scream out. When the babies are born they are sometimes taken from their mother in a matter of days causeing the  deaths of many of the babies. Many pigs get disease and sickness from the smell and exposure to their own droppings, because their cages are so tight and not well ventilated. (Achor 82). In a video indorsed by PETA, an animal rights group, it was seen that when a pig does not respond to its keeper they are sometimes beaten until they have broken bones or they die. Sometimes weapons like hatchets, crowbars, and other horrible items are used to discipline the animals. When it becomes time to slaughter the animals they are strapped down and they are cut down the body and neck while they are still screaming. (Goldfinger, PETAtv)

Cannibalism, self mutilation, drugging, debeaking, and tight cages are a short list of what an animal raised for food might endure in its short lifetime. Animals are consistently mistreated during their lifetime at factory farms.  For this reason I choose to be vegetarian. I believe it is important to be vegetarian to protect animals from abuse of factory farms. Not everyone needs to turn vegetarian today, but everyone should make an effort to reduce their meat intake. Another great way to protect animals from abuse is to eat only meat and dairy products from free range and organic farms. This will insure a better quality of life to the animals before they are slaughtered for our own consumption. Next time you are at a restaurant, try ordering pasta or salad, instead of steak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Achor, Amy Blout. Animal Rights: A Beginners Guide. Yellow Springs: WriteWare, Inc, 1996.

Adams J. Ronald. “Fast Food and Animal Rights: An Examination and Assessment of the

Industry’s Response to Social Pressure.”Business and Society Review 113 (2008): 301-328.

Beers L. Diane, For the Prevention of Cruelty, Athens, Oh: Shallow Press/ Ohio UP, 2006.

Goldfinger. Free Me. 1999. Petatv.com. 3 Feb. 2009.

<www.petatv.com/tvpopup/video.asp?video=free_me>.

Vitello, Paul. “Being Nice to the Bacon, Before You Bring It Home.” The New York Times. 1

April, 2007. Final ed., sect. 4: 1.

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