I wonder how many people think the way I did many years ago – that
somehow all animals are protected by the law, more or less. Then I had
a rude awakening, for which I’m very grateful.
Because we hear of publicized animal abuse cases involving dogs and
cats, there is a tendency for the public to ignore the 10 billion land
animals in the United States (50 billion world-wide) who suffer
unimaginably before they are slaughtered in hideous ways.
The flesh and dairy industries with their deep pockets wield enormous
influence over legislators. They also spend a huge amount of money on
brainwashing the public with ads using words like “happy” with pretty
pictures of animals in pastures, et cetera.
Many people may not realize that the farmed animal industry
increasingly has the power to determine what is legal by simply labeling
actions of the farming community as “customary,” “accepted,” “normal,”
or “common.” This amounts to the abusers and exploiters writing their
Probably very few people know that there are states where certain
animals such as chickens, who account for 95% of the animals slaughtered
every year in this country, are excluded from any protection whatsoever.
Just imagine the horrendous cruelty suffered by these animals, day in
and day out!
What can you expect from an out-of-control powerful industry that
views animals as “production units” and “commodities”? In one case, the
defense attorney for a very large egg producer, when asked in court if
there was a difference between manure and a live hen, answered, “No,
For an excellent article on “Animals and the Law: The Shocking Truth”
please read the free magazine, CL: Compassionate Living,
Spring/Summer 2007 issue published by Mercy For Animals.