The treatment of animals, both as pets and the ones we eventually consume, has been a hot topic for years now. Most of us have scene the undercover videos that are put out by groups who want to bring attention to the fact that the chickens, pigs, and cows that are raised for food are not being treated in a humane fashion. Sometimes the way they are raised and housed lead to very unhealthy practices. This not only puts the health of the livestock in danger, it potentially puts our lives in danger as well as consumers.
The sheer mass quantity of livestock that is raised for human consumption is mind-boggling. They are often contained in spaces that are much too small for them. This allows for disease and infestation to grow very easily. However, housing them in spaces that are more appropriate and feeding them more natural foods for growth (instead of injecting them with growth hormones and antibiotics) are two ways that will make it much better for consumers who are meat eaters.
Some of the companies that maintain unsafe or inhumane practices say they do so because they lack the resources to do anything else. They also maintain that the way they do business is the same way it’s been done for years. However, as meat consumption has gone up due to the growth in population, there’s little doubt that practices have changed and almost become more primitive rather than more sophisticated. However, as the more “natural” movement has become more widely accepted (and requested by the public), practices at many places may change dramatically.
Many companies deny the methods they use to raise and then kill the livestock is unsanitary or unsafe. However, the lack of transparency along with the secretly shot videos that pop up more and more often say otherwise. Perhaps the real reason that companies process livestock the way they do is due to profit. After all, mass quantities of processed meat leads to bigger profits. And the bottom line for many companies in the industry is how big their profit margin is.