In this article, Harri Daniel argues that factory farming is not as bad as you think. The use of technology and intensive practices allows meat to be cheaper. Thus more money stays in local economies and there are larger profits for farmers. Many farmers are needed to produce these large quantities of meat. This provides many jobs to those who need it. Factory farms are markers for greater prosperity in communities and throughout the country. Most developed nations no longer only have small-scale farms, it is possible this is causation, according to Daniel.
In this article Curt Zingula argues that factory farms are just modernized versions of farms from the past. These new factory farms incorporate technology, allowing for a more productive farm. Farms need fewer workers. This allows people to grow up and fill other jobs that are more beneficial to society. The growing population is creating a greater and greater demand for meat products. Zingula also argues that more natural farming techniques can have negative effects on the environment as well. If all of the meat we produce were to be organic, or otherwise specially farmed it would be impossible for many people to afford meat.
Activist Anita Krajnc a 49-year-old activist from Burlington, Canada gave water to pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse. The pigs were panting and foaming at the mouth according to Krajnc. She then faced a five thousand dollar fine, and six months in prison. She was charged with "Interference with use, Enjoyment, and Operation of Property", this raises the question, are living animals property? Krajnc would argue they are not. She would even go so far as to say that most people would not eat meat if they could see where it comes from. "You don't see their eyes. You don't hear their cries. You just see the cellophane-wrapped meat." She stated. Her ideas were supported when during the trial the sound of pigs being pushed into a gas chamber at Quality Meat Packers. Shortly afterwards the company went bankrupt. Krajnc who has a PhD in Political Science and Environmental Science says that it is obvious Factory Farming contributes to global warming. Saying, "We are eating the planet to death."
Anita Krajnc, the activist working for the Toronto Pig Save, was found not guilty of criminal mischief. Although Krajnc lost the battle over whether pigs were property or legal persons. Krajnc provided water for dehydrated pigs on their way to a slaughterhouse. However, this was not the first time Krajnc had been involved in a case like this. The previous fall she had crossed police lines to confront slaughterhouse officials. She pleaded with them to allow her to take a few injured pigs to a sanctuary. The reason this case has received so much publicity is that this incident was filmed. Krajnc's quest for ethical treatment of livestock has been compared to Susan B. Anthony by some. Others have said it is more similar to the people who provided small amounts of water to Jewish people on their way to concentration camps. The prosecutors stated that Krajnc was providing the pigs with an unknown substance. Defenders argued using the revolutionary statement, "compassion is not a crime." According to courts, it wasn't. Krajnc stated that “This is how social movements get their word out. We go outside our comfort zone and we do what’s right.”
Factory farms are hubs for awful treatment to animals. There is overcrowding, little to no veterinary care, painful procedures performed with no anesthetic, and genetic modification. According to the ASPCA Meat chickens and turkeys grow so disproportionately that they are often unable to walk to food or water and starve to death. When male chicks are born on an egg farm they are ground, gassed, or suffocated to death. Pigs are removed from their mother at a few weeks old and are out in tiny cages to discourage natural behaviors. It is a common practice to remove pigs' teeth and tail without painkillers. Dairy cows suffer a disease called mastitis from the overproduction of milk. Dairy cows are forced to spend most of their lives pregnant. Caves are taken from their mother at a young age, females become dairy cows and males are kept in tiny enclosures and slaughtered at a young age to produce veal. These are just a few of the many issues faced by the billions of factory farmed animals in the US.
Recently many small farms have been replaced by factory farms. These factory farms produce huge amounts of meat in order to sustain large grocery stores and other meat vendors. These massive buissness have too much control over the farming industry, driving down prices and controlling what is eaten by Americans, according to Food and Water Watch. Because of the sheer number of animals living in such close quarters, there is a huge amount of waste produced by these farms. This manure washes into waterways and can have long-term health effects. Lenient environmental laws are allowing the manure to be disposed of carelessly and without thoughts to the health of those affected. The proximity of these animals to each other makes them prone to diseases. These diseases such as E. coli and salmonella can be spread to the people who eat the meat.