Consumers Decide the Fate of Farmed Animals
Tom Laskawy, blogger on food policy for Grist.org and Beyond
Green, makes the valid argument that unless consumers show that they
care about the treatment of farmed animals, their fate is very grim.
Laskawy rightly points out that state and federal regulators have
done nothing to prevent the wide-spread abuse of animals in factory
farms and slaughterhouses. Moreover, he highlights that the food
produced with the flesh and by-products of animals that are laden
with antibiotics and hormones is diseased and unhealthy. "I am often
struck by the oddity that the sport of baseball is too pure for the
use of performance enhancing substances -- but the food we eat
isn’t," said Laskawy.
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It's Up to Consumers to Care
Indeed, if consumers don’t care about how their food is produced
and how God’s animals are treated, then it’s evident that we are
failing miserably in our task of being good stewards of our bodies
and animals. Supporting the animal agriculture industry does not
accord with Jesus’ teachings of compassion, mercy and love. There is
hope as long as our actions are aligned with our Faith.