I read a book recently that I found to be rather repulsive, disgusting, and quite eye opening.
Eating Animals was the title, written by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Jonathan reminded me of the importance of choosing to eat ethically raised animals verses animals that have been consistently abused. He described in gory detail the issues surrounding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and the slaughtering plants that ultimately process animals for our consumption.
Perhaps a question that should be answered is how do I define animal abuse?
In my mind, I appreciate animals as God's creation, and as such, they play a very special role on this planet. Does a pig perform his God given duty while residing on concrete slats hanging over a manure pit where air quality is horrible at best? Do chickens get to obey their instincts in a barn that never allows sunlight, and they wallow in their own manure coated wood chips?
Animals denied fulfillment of their own specific nature are all you can find in Wal-mart, and there are only a few good options at Cobourns.
In the name of "cheap" meat, we have, as a society, allowed CAFOs to exist and they're expanding even today.
Unfortunately, though this meat may be cheap on the store shelf, there are many hidden costs in the production of these animal products.
The environment suffers, employees suffer, and ultimately consumers suffer too. CAFO meat is unhealthy on every level of production and consumption, this is becoming very well documented.
So please, take the time to find out how your meat reached your plate. Every bite you take is influencing the world we live in, and that can be a good thing.
Next time, I'll share what I learned about slaughter plants from this book, Eating Animals. I'll tell you this: it's disturbing.