The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 was passed with the intention of placing regulations on slaughter practices for animals in factory farms in an effort to make them more “humane.” However, over the decades it has become glaringly obvious that the HMSA is not doing what it is meant to do and between the legal loopholes and the inconsistent enforcement, the Act has become just another piece of legislation that has failed to protect animals suffering in factory farms.
If we believed the packaging we see on egg cartons at the grocery store we would think that the hens who lay our eggs live idyllic lives wandering around green fields and preening their full brown feathers in the sunshine.…
While many people put considerable thought into where their food comes from, and actively choose not to consume products produced in factory farms, we do not think quite so much about the food our pets are eating.
Throughout the 20th century, the practice of confining livestock in industrialized farms grew in prevalence across the United States. This practice, known as factory farming, creates conditions designed to maximize efficiency as well as profit and meet the ever-growing demands for meat and dairy of the American populace, even if it means cutting corners in terms of quality.
With a country as spatially large and demographically diverse as India, it would be reductive to attempt to understand its culture or its relationship with animals and animal meats through a single perspective.…
Most people in the U.S. have never visited a farm, seen a cow face to face, petted a pig, or held a chicken. This distance from the production of our food helps to foster belief among the public that animals on farms are cage-free, graze in meadows surrounded by their offspring, and are farmed sustainably. The reality for the vast majority of animals on farms is much bleaker.
Though the term intensive agriculture elicits images of vast tracts of land, monoculture, pesticides, and barns filled with thousands of animals hardly able to stand, this is not how the practice started.…
In 2020 alone, the consumption of pork in China was more than six times US consumption. Contrary to the U.S.’s affinity for beef and dairy, the primary meat of production and consumption in China is pork, accounting for two-thirds of China’s total meat output.