I've read about the abuses in farms over the past few years. It breaks my heart to have to report these stories to you, but I strongly believe they are happening every day. Here's a link to the latest story of animal abuse.
Please think about your meat/poultry & animal byproduct purchases if you have to make them at all. Support ONLY those you trust and believe are abiding by the codes of humane animal treatment. Animals do not deserve our frustration, anger and abuse. Not even for a second. Choosing to be a meat eater carries with it the responsibility to treat the animals with respect, some may disagree with me on this one, that maybe we should be eating no animals at all. I totally understand that view point, it is one I am close and closer to believing myself. One thing I do stand strong on is that this world is not going to turn Vegan over night, which means there will continue to be factory farms, local small farms and companies selling meat/poultry and their by products. We need to make sure that all those participating in that market are treating the animals fairly, with humane care and are truly doing sticking to their "humane" "grass-fed" "free-range" label promises.
Kevin and I try to only eat meat/poultry/by products from animals raised humanely, treated with respect while supporting local and organic farms. This is our way and this is how we live.
Here's a snippet of the article:
PETA is seeking prosecution of 18 people on animal cruelty violations. According to PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich, the video shows eight people directly abusing animals.
"Abuse on factory farms is the absolute norm, not the exception, and anyone eating factory-farmed meat is paying to support it," Friedrich said.