Argumentative Essay: The Ethics Of Factory Farming

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You’re holding a fat, juicy hamburger. Before you take a bite, think about the cow that was prematurely taken from life. The Bourbon-Lime Chicken you are about to devour; how exactly did she die? Those BBQ Baby-Backed Ribs, did you realize it actually came from a baby cow? We eat every day. It is so much a part of us we don’t think about where it comes from. We need food but is it ethically right to house animals in small quarters? Is it morally right to grow animals so fast that their joints give out? Factory farming is morally not acceptable because animals are imprisoned in harsh conditions, suffer mutilations and are a danger to human lives due to waste disposal and unclean factories.
Farm animals are immured in small metal cages and are
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We eat every day. Factory farming is necessary to keep up with human demand, according to Benefits Of. It also provides a low cost for food production due to technology and chemical use. The rate of unemployment is up to five percent; factory farming is also a good place for employment. The population of the world has reached seven billion. The United States has a population of 308, 745, 538, the largest state being California with a population of 39 million people. All of these people need to be fed, and factory farming increases food production. Although the farms could help construct new communities, the waste they produce is imposing and often puts the community at risk. “Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals,” said sociologist Theodor W. …show more content…
When lagoons spill or overflow they emit microbes, such as pfiesteria piscicida, a pernicious organism that lives off the nitrogen and phosphorus, the gases produced by the fecal matter. A dairy farm can produce as much as 120 pounds of ‘wet’ manure a day, which is a close equivalent to the amount thirty humans could make in a day. Farmers need a place to store the excrement. They are allotted 1.5 acres per cow. Residents near cesspools breathe in the gases of the waste, that not only is insufferably foul, but also toxic. David Kirby writes about Helen Reddout’s experience living next to a dairy farm; states: “And the smell is like fermented sewage. It burns your eyes and coats your throat” (43). Health-related factors are even more prevalent inside the factories. Eric Schlosser and Greg Kinnear discovered ‘that there is a problem with fecal counts’ (Dawn, 187), meaning meats often test positive for fecal material. The factories and United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, ‘irradiate’ the meat instead of cleaning the factories. Irradiation is meat being subjected to gamma rays, which do not kill the microorganisms, but instead change the DNA. Escherichia coli, E. coli, is considered a main issue. Americans in 2006 panicked; when spinach from California was found to contain E. coli, killing an elderly lady and sickened many others. It was later found that the spinach itself

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