Originally Posted by pamered_mom
The methods of killing animals and they way that they are treated in the factory/industrial farming model bother us us omni's too. I'm almost 100% positive that it has been said by at least a handfull of us at least a handfull of times on this thread.
Please don't assume that all methods of farming/slaughter/processing are the same thing. I couldn't be any less interested in purchasing animal products as a result of that system. I haven't bought meat in a traditional grocery store - much less shopped at one - in a very long time. I prefer to get mine from a local farmer b/c she raises heirloom breeds and because I know how she treats her animals.
Yes, I know people in this thread have said that, and I genuinely am glad to hear it.
But here’s the rub –I and many animal advocates also find a good deal of non-factory-farming inhumane, as well. For example, labels like “free-range” and “cage-free” can be meaningless in terms of guaranteeing animal well-being, and organic standards don’t address humane treatment of animals. Even third-party certification programs for humane animal treatment allow some pretty ghastly things to occur (not to mention their current failure to address transport & slaughter).
Whenever I hear people say they don’t eat factory-farmed animal products, I wonder how familiar they are with the actual production of the products they do eat. Some people know a lot, have even visited farms and watched the transport & slaughter before making their purchasing decisions.
But most people, I think, rely too heavily on labeling and marketing claims, or even third-party certifications whose standards they haven’t read. I have been guilty of this myself, both with animal products in the past and with other types of products now.
So the common ground is not as easy to claim as simply saying “we’re both against factory farming.”