Free From Harm contributor Ashley Capps provides an effective, well-stated response to the objection, “But I only buy humanely-raised animal products”:
“Any time consumers of meat, eggs or dairy advocate for ‘humane’ treatment of farm animals, they confront an unavoidable paradox: the movement to treat farm animals better is based on the idea that it is wrong to subject them to unnecessary harm; yet, killing animals we have no need to eat constitutes the ultimate act of unnecessary harm.” (1)
Regardless of the humane certification, the following inhumane and unnatural circumstances apply to all animals raised for food:
- “Humans decide where animals will live;
- if they will ever know their mothers;
- if, and how long, they will nurse their babies;
- when, and if, they will be permitted to see or be with their families and friends;
- when, where, or if they will be allowed to socialize with members of their own species;
- when, how, and if, they are going to reproduce;
- what, when, and how much they will eat;
- how much space they will have, if any;
- if, and how far, they will be allowed to roam;
- what mutilations they will be subjected to;
- what, if any, veterinary care they will receive;
- and when, where, and how they are going to die.” (2)
“If these were the circumstances of your brief and unfree life,” asks Capps, “at the end of which you would be forcefully restrained, attacked, and slaughtered against your will, at a fraction of your natural lifespan, all for completely unnecessary reasons — would you maintain that you had been humanely treated?”
(1) The above is an excerpt from A Comprehensive Analysis of the Humane Farming Myth by Ashley Capps.
(2) Excerpted from the brochure, Humane Animal Farming? Take a Closer Look, published by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary
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