The following article was written by Rachel and originally appeared on the peta2
It's easy to think that "organic" and "free-range" mean that animals live a good life. Once upon a time, I
believed it—and I'm sure some of you do too. Sadly, it's just untrue. These
terms, along with "cage-free" and others, are meant to trick
compassionate consumers into buying into an industry that exploits animals.
Don't believe me? Check out these gut-wrenching photos from the Organic Valley Farm in Wisconsin: They show birds
in stinking, stifling, windowless warehouses, crammed so tightly together that
they're barely able to move—much less spread their wings, scratch in the dirt,
or interact normally in any way.
Like many other
facilities that raise young birds, this house in Southwest Wisconsin confines its
animals, granting no outdoor access whatsoever, and provides virtually no
natural light in the building.
Photo by The Cornucopia Institute.
doesn't mean that birds are allowed to be free. Cage-free does not mean
free range, of course, and so the chickens can still be crammed into sheds and
forced to suffer through having a part of their beaks cut off, just like birds
on factory farms. But "organic" does mean that the chickens aren't
fed antibiotics—leaving them all the more susceptible to illness in the filthy,
poorly ventilated, crowded conditions.
Love animals? Don't support this or any other industry that abuses them
for profit. Go vegan!
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.