Animal Cruelty: Taking a Stand Is Easier Than We Think

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Teshawna Coker-Branch

Professor Skrobaski

Univ 150

19 October 2015

The title of my article is “Animal Cruelty: Taking a Stand Is Easier Than We Think”. Animal cruelty towards farm animals is horrible. Many people that are against animal cruelty are actually supporting it without even really realizing it or trying. Factory farming is where alto of the animal cruelty is occurring. The Animal Welfare Act is an act against animal cruelty but not against animal farmers. Animal cruelty is a controversial subject and factory farming is a horrible thing and the Animal Welfare Act needs to be modified.

People are against animal cruelty but at the same time they are supporting it. I say that because in the article it says “Not if our diets are any indication. Most Americans continue to chomp down on chicken nuggets, ribs and burgers -- inadvertently supporting abuse that they believe they oppose.” People are against animal cruelty but aren’t standing up for it. They are still eating meat but they need to choose whose meat they are buying. Like choose from farms who aren’t “drugged with antibiotics to make them grow faster, and to keep them alive in deplorable conditions that would otherwise kill many of them.” Choose places that have free ranged animals and choose your meat wisely.

The problems with factory farming is the people that run them, they care more about making money then actually putting in the work to give me quality foods. Caging animals is a huge problem in factory farming because animals barely have enough room to turn around let alone to breathe in such cramped areas. I feel that people would do more if it was dogs and cats in that position. I’m against factory farming, I eat meat yes but I would rather eat meat that lived a humane life.

The Animal Welfare Act has many guidelines and regulations for the welfare of animals. For example stated in the AWA “Farm animal means any domestic species of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, or horses, which are normally and have historically, been kept and raised on farms in the United States, and used

or intended for use as food or fiber, or for improving animal nutrition, breeding, management, or production efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber. This term also includes animals such as rabbits, mink, and chinchilla, when they are used solely for purposes of meat or fur, and animals such as horses and llamas when used solely as work and pack animals.” Which basically means that they inspect the meat but not the circumstances of what the mean has been through. AWA does not regulate farm animals other than farm animals used for biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition. Animals used for food and fiber are not regulated by the AWA but by the FDA but the FDA doesn’t have regulations regarding animal cruelty that are very strict.

I’m against animal cruelty but I will not stop eating meat for now on I want to know what circumstances my meat has been through. I don’t want to eat mean with any antibiotics that they were feed to help them grown because then that will be in my body. Most people will say they are against animal cruelty but are still supporting it basically by supporting the problems with factory farming and not putting forth effort to get the Animal Welfare Act changed.

Works Cited

- Freston, Kathy. "Animal Cruelty: Taking a Stand Is Easier Than We Think." The Huffington Post., 14 Oct. 2011. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

- "10 Was You Can Fight Factory Farms." ASPCA. ASPCA, n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

- "Title 9 - Animals and Animal Products." Code of Federal Regulations. Federal Government, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2015.

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