We received another piece of unsolicited mail from an organization
promoting the “humane” care of farmed animals (commercial farms). In
my opinion, the concept of the humane farming of animals is wishful
thinking, since it is not based on reality. Consumers who fall for
this ploy are either naïve or want to be lied to in order to continue
indulging in the products of cruelty.
No matter how much we may want to believe that such a thing as
“humane farming of animals” can exist, we all know that it simply
doesn’t. How can animal farming be humane when the animals must be
killed for consumption, or in the case of dairy farming, the cows have
to be kept impregnated in order to produce milk and their babies are
stolen and killed for veal? Can you imagine “humane veal”?!! And what do
you think happens to all of the cows who are spent and their milk
production starts to dwindle? How in the world can anything like this be
even remotely humane? And all this nonsense about chickens and eggs
being labeled “humane”!
In a previous Blog I wrote about my experience on a non-commercial
family farm that today would be described as “humane” and “organic.” The
trauma and lowing of the cow at the separation and slaughter of her calf
were all too real.
Indeed, non-humans may feel emotional and physical trauma even more
intensely than humans. Think about it; we humans can rationalize,
justify, and escape through our imaginations. As far as we can tell,
other animals do not have all the options that our brains provide. Why
do humans want to deprive other animals of even the few pleasures they
do have? With so many choices available to us, why do humans feel that
they have to steal from these creatures of God their little bit of joy?
Surely, any thinking person will come to the conclusion that this is
cruel, and not humane.
Why buy into a lie that is bad for humans as well as for other
animals? I believe that in the long run it may be far worse for humans
because of the “hot coals of conviction” or guilty conscience that, as
perpetrators, they must live with (Proverbs 25:22 and Romans 12:20). As
for the innocent victims (cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses,
rabbits, fish…) of human atrocities, they are free of the guilt that
humans must face.
Sure, I’d like to sit back, and pretend that farmed animals can be
treated humanely. But my conscience won’t allow it, because I know it is
a lie. And speaking of lies, in the Bible, John 8:44 plainly states that
“the father of lies” is Satan.
Of all of the commercial animal farmers who email us, none has ever
invited us to come with camera and freely report on the actual
conditions that exist in their operations. Obviously they have something
So, I have this to say to those promoting the “humane” farming of
animals: Please don’t insult my intelligence.