Essay about An Unethical Industrial Farming System

1260 Words Feb 19th, 2016 6 Pages
The constitution guarantees certain unalienable rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, many corporations have banded together and created an industry that systematically denies the American people these fundamental rights. The current structure of the U.S. food industry is destroying America’s health. The way our food system has changed in the past 50 years has created an unethical industrial farming system that is responsible for the inhumane treatment of animals, mistreatment of factory workers, and a food supply that is anything but honest and nutritious. The very first problem we face with our food system is how Americans have been kept in the dark of the true events taking place behind the scenes. In modern agriculture, the main goal is to make animals bigger and fatter in the shortest and most convenient way. This method of raising livestock results in the health of these animals to be completely disregarded by the owners of these factory farms. Since these animals are seen as mere commodities, they are bred, fed, confined, and drugged to lay more eggs, birth more offspring, and die with more meat on their bones. On today’s factory farms, egg-laying hens are kept in small cages, chickens and pigs are kept in jam-packed sheds, and cows are kept on crowded, filthy feedlots. Being packed into tiny spaces and never seeing the light of day has caused these animals to grow up with severe physical and mental distress.…

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