Food Animal Cruelty – Standard Fare or No?
May 4, 2010
Editorial: Is HSUS trying to guilt us into going vegan?
That piece got me thinking. When I see the HSUS commercials showing images of cows being treated cruelly at a slaughterhouse, I think of that in terms of something unusual. Similarly, when I see images of filthy dogs in dank cages, I think, “That’s not how most breeders take care of their dogs”. Of course I’ve known a lot of dog breeders so I feel confident in my assessment there. But I really don’t know any slaughterhouse operators. I just sort of assume that most people in animal agriculture are normal, compassionate folks doing a job. Am I wrong? Could I walk into just about any slaughterhouse and secretly film hours and hours of cows being treated inhumanely because that’s the norm, not the exception? Or do I have the context right – that this kind of thing is an aberration? What’s your take?