Mass Slaughter: The Cruelty In The Food Industry

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Any kind and decent person would take a stand against the cruelty inflicted on animals by the food industry. Those that chose an alternative diet enjoy the rewards that come with supporting defenseless animals as opposed to the rapacious and malicious food industry. Hopefully bacon and baby back ribs smothered in barbeque sauce will lose their appeal once the veil of anonymity that shrouds the food industry is drawn back.
Why is it that it is acceptable to eat a pig or a cow, but repulsive and almost insane to eat a dog? One of the only defining differences is that to a majority of the American public it is acceptable to mass slaughter one and then cuddle up to the other. The process of this mass slaughter varies depending on the animal, but the brutality remains the same. As decreed by law, when a mammal is slaughtered it must be stunned with an electric current that induces a heart
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This eventually created a work environment where employees were constantly under pressure to be as efficient as possible without questioning the cruel methods practiced (Philpott). The food industry also has a tremendously negative impact on the environment; a local example is the Chesapeake Bay, which was “brought to near-ruin by runoff from a stunning concentration of chicken farms” (Philpott).
There is absolutely no valid reason to justify putting money in the already huge pockets of these monstrous corporations. This is why choosing a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, besides the fact that it is a much healthier way to live. Leaving animals such as pigs, fish, and chickens off one’s plate results in several health benefits according to the American Dietetic Association. They state that vegetarians tend to, “have lower body weights, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure, as well as lower rates of type two diabetes and heart disease”

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