Ag industry claims undercover videos are partially staged

More and more these days, we are beginning to see animal agribusiness come out of the shadows and feel compelled to acknowledge the existence of animal rights activists. As deceptive as they strive and to some extent succeed to be, we are on the right track. They are responding – because they no longer have a choice – to the recently highly publicized videos of their true workings. Of course, they’re really the last ones we need to be listening to or arguing with since they’re completely entrenched in everything we stand against.

What an utterly convoluted message this article sends. If they have “never seen conditions like that” in a factory farm after visiting so many of them, WHY CAN’T AG SHOW THEIR OWN FOOTAGE OF THEIR OWN FACILITIES? Because they’re lying, simply put. They have seen these conditions, and it’s a total hoax that animals need to be in good condition to “produce” (that is, be exploited). They may be in good condition by industry standards which view them as objects, as commodities, but not by any standards related to kindness and compassion. And it’s not just vegan activists who hope to expose what animal ag is doing; welfarists such as HSUS and the “happy meat” movement object vehemently as well, if not as vehemently as animal rights activists do.

A hen lays more eggs not if she is “treated well,” but if she is starved for two weeks. Male chicks don’t “produce” at all, so they get ground up alive. What on earth might this have to do with “animal welfare”?

This article is bad, really bad. Animal rights activists actually produce evidence, but we can just take Agribiz on its word because, uh, it has vets and other people who daily uphold the exploitation of animals. Does the author of this completely unfair article have his own agenda to keep eating animals? There is no point of neutrality, Tom Webb. Vegans are no more biased than those who argue in favor of the status quo. And you know what’s even more interesting? Because most vegans were once meat-eaters, most of us have at some point admitted we were wrong. I know that animal agribusiness can never do that because it is, in itself, what animal welfare and animal rights oppose, but each of us as individuals can take a moment to seriously question the customs that were handed down to us, quite literally, on a platter. Question the fact that, if you eat “meat,” there is a gross disparity between a bull having his trachea ripped out by human hands and left to squirm to his bloody, agonizing death, and your brief, unthinking, gratifying, peaceful meal.

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~ by Louëlla on October 20, 2009.

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