I live on a farm. Everybody around me is a farmer.
You are basically full of shit. Chickens are kept in cages, becuase chickens are crueler to each other than humans could ever be. If you keep your chickens in a coop, or free-range, or other community, plan on losing 10% or more of your stock EACH MONTH to poutricide (they peck each other to death.)
FOr those that keep communities, trimming the beaks of young chicks tends to prevent this. It’s like trimming a fingernail and does not appear particularly painful to the chicks. If they trim too much the chick is unable to eat.
Besides, chickens are about as stupid as you can get and still be alive. I think their brains still run on DOS.
Both meat steers and milk cows are treated particularly well up until the time they are slaughtered. If they are not, they have no value. Being pregnant is what it’s all about if you are a cow, and there is nothing particularly cruel about it.
The veal situation is not particularly pretty I admit, But I have been inside several veal barns, and I will tell you that they were without exception some of the cleanest places I have ever been. This is necessary as veal stock is particularly susceptible to disease. A strong case has been made that there is no cruelty going on here, because these stock are maintained in extremely comfortable environments, and may not even be aware that they have been born. They certainly do not suffer. It merely seems distasteful. I was not aware of any documented cases of “psychological disorder” in any of the veal calfs I saw, and doubt you are.
The sow cages you refer to are used so that Momma pig does not crush her little piglets by rolling over on them when they nurse. That’s the only time they are used since it is a bitch and a half to get a couple of hundred pounds of unwilling sow into one of things.
Workers who beat their livestock are destroying or damaging a valuable commodity. This is universally unnaceptable at any farm or “factory farm.”
Dead animals are often collected and disposed of in plastic bags. This stops smell and chances of infection. Every farmer that I have witnesses will kill an obviously sick animal before disposing of it in such a bag. Ocasionally some of these animals are merely unconscious, and not yet dead. Unfortunately you will sometimes see movement in the bag.
I am not aware of any animals that are bred so that they cannot walk as you claim.
Certainly abuse do exist, and cruelty occurs. My personal experience which is direct and quite large indicates that this is the exception not the rule, and that you are spewing forth ill-informed propaganda.
Lime most people, farmers and farm workers are pretty decent . I would go as far to say that most are more decent than your average person in another industry. They genuinely like animals and enjoy working with them, and do not enjoy inflicting suffering. The health and well-being of the animals that they tend is a source of pride.
Humans are omnivores. We are predators. We have eyes in front of our head and see in binocular vision. This allows us to judge distances and be better hunters. Most herbivores have their eyes on the sides of their head. They have parallax vision. Which enables them to watch for predators over a greater range of vision (some nearly 180 degrees.) They don’t judge distances as well.
Of course you can survive without meat. You can substitute legumes for protein, but this is not what you were designed for.
Besides, have you seen how cruely they treat Soybean plants at the evil Ag-industrial complexes?
That’s why I’m a strict carnivore, I can’t support the cruelty against plants.