There’s been a lot of chatter lately about laws being introduced or passed in various states that would make it illegal to videotape or take photos of the inner workings of factory farms. The New York Times wrote an editorial that nicely sums up how I feel: “The food that comes from factory farms is ultimately consumed by the public, which gives the public an interest in knowing how that food is produced.” It seems that these laws are aimed at protecting big business while keeping the consumer ignorant of how exactly that pork chop or chicken breast got on your plate.
You’re probably already aware of some of the horrors that happen at these giant factory farms—the Times also wrote an article listing the some of the abuses, which you can read here. The argument from livestock companies is that the behind-the-scenes footage is aimed at getting people to stop eating meat, not about protecting the animals.
Here’s the thing—while I agree wholeheartedly that there should be full disclosure when it comes to where our food comes from, how it’s prepared/treated, and what goes in it (see my previous post on GMO labeling), I’m not against eating meat. I love meat…but when I can, I try to eat meat that’s from my local farmer or sourced from a place that treats its animals humanely.
Where do you fall on this issue? Do you think activists should be allowed to record activities at factory farms? And does your knowledge of the way animals are treated affect how you feel about eating meat?
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