Animal rights: Pets vs. Poultry

Question:  Should animals raised for food be treated different than ones raised as pets?Your answer should be no, would you want your dog to stand ankle deep in it’s own scat? That would be animal abuse, the state would have the right to take your dog away, so why do the animals most people eat on a regular basis get treated this way?

The reason has to do with money, If you can afford to buy the animal you should be able to properly take care of it. Unless you can also afford to keep the government away and everyone quiet. Then it won’t matter what you do. Your average citizen in 2014 made around $52,000 per year according to The U.S. Census Bureau, the fine for the average citizen is $22,000 and 2 years in jail, for a corporation the fine is $110,000 and the person in charge of the farm get a 2 year sentence.

What qualifies as animal abuse? Well a lot of things actually, anything from lack of food, to being forced to fight. Anything that would make the animal uncomfortable, sick, or injured.

So why is this important? It is important because when a disease breaks out in a feedlot it can spread quickly from animal to animal. This makes it more likely to get into the food you eat. Slaughterhouses run by big agriculture businesses kill hundreds of cows a day, they don’t have time to check all the meat, and personally they don’t care if you get sick or not from it, their goal is to kill and disassemble as many animals as possible. So when disease breaks out the big corporations with the large slaughterhouses pay the government to attack the small farmers.


One thought on “Animal rights: Pets vs. Poultry

  1. Good job finding actual WA State data on animal rights Olivia! This quote of yours is powerful, “Unless you can also afford to keep the government away and everyone quiet.” Nice job.


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