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|Why can handlers be so mean and make the animals suffer without getting in trouble?
Posted By Jessica Landreth Greulich
How can handlers get away with the abuse they give the chickens & cow & pigs? Do the animals have rights?
Thanks for your question and for your compassion. It's so shocking to watch awful footage of farm animal abuse for the first time. We assume that in a decent society, animals would have legal protection, but the harsh reality is that farm animals don't have the same legal protection as cats and dogs, and they suffer by the billions.
I should mention that cats and dogs don't even technically have "rights" because all animals, in the eyes of the law, are considered "property," not unlike a chair or a car. But abusing cats and dogs is prosecutable in most places. Farm animals, on the other hand, have no federal laws to protect them while on farms. There are some states with laws that protect them from being confined to tiny, cramped cages, but those laws were only passed because farm animal advocates worked hard to pass them. But most states don't have any laws to protect farm animals while on farms.
Farm animals are supposedly protected during slaughter through the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, but it's not enforced, and it doesn't include birds, even though birds (chickens, mostly) make up about 9 of the 10 billion animals slaughtered for food every year in this country.
Fortunately, there are animal protection organizations that are working hard to expose these cruelties and pass laws to protect farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States,Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, and Compassion Over Killing all conduct undercover investigations to bring these abuses to light. And the Humane Society of the U.S. and Farm Sanctuary in particular are working hard to pass more laws, state by state, to outlaw some of the worst abuses on farms.
We should support these organizations as much as we can, though the most powerful and effective thing we can do to help farm animals is to not support these cruel industries. And that's why I'm so delighted that you (and your super sweet boys) are making the transition to a more plant-based diet. The average American consumes 95 animals a year. By going veg, we can save 95 animals per year. That's huge!
Super proud of you for opening your eyes to the suffering and for being willing to make changes.
You rock my socks.