So everybody’s up in arms about mistreatment of chickens by a few farm employees in one farm, but nobody says anything yet about the grinding penury most chicken farmers are forced into? That unlike beef farming, which I know has terribly price-fixing issues and such, most poultry farmers don’t even own the chickens? That chicken farming is probably the best way to drive yourself and your family into the ground in the agriculture business? That chicken farms tend to be in already improverished parts of the country to start with?
Of course I don’t want animals I eat to be treated cruelly, but I wish to hell there was a way I could easily choose to buy meat certified to have been produced with no human cruelty. Why can I buy free-range meat, but not, for example, meat certified to have been packed by union workers at a living wage or chicken certified owned by an actual farmer?
Yes, I know - I could buy a whole chicken off somebody’s farm, I could do more shopping at farmers’ markets, all that, and if I were “really serious” about the issues I would - but the fact is, I’m sure a lot of people would choose non-human-exploitation products if they were available, easily recognizable, and promoted.
So yeah, I agree but disagree, PETA is a pack of nutjobs, and I don’t really care to hear Pamela Anderson’s opinion on… well, anything.