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Animal Welfare & Livestock Production Questions

Continuing with questions for perspective and understanding, these pertain to livestock production and animal welfare. Once again, feel free to answer any, all or none of the questions. These are not asked to cause heated debate, but to garner further understanding and perspective. Thank you.

From the perspective of a person who is vegan or vegetarian for “ethical” reasons:

  1. If animal agriculture were entirely abandoned, what is recommended to be done with all of the animals?
  2. Realizing that the majority of those opposed to animal agriculture are also very supportive of natural products, are they then willing to go without many goods used on a daily basis and accept synthetic and highly processed substitutes for the products that utilize animal byproducts?

From the perspective of a person who only buys local because of “animal welfare” concerns:

  1. What is it that attracts you to local meat?
  2. What measures, if any, could be implemented in large-scale packing houses, that would satisfy your concerns?

From the general public perspective:

     1.    What production practices raise concern to you, based on your knowledge or what you have heard?

  1. February 17, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Hey these are some great questions!! Vegans & vegetarians often argue “Speciesism” – one that usually leads to religious values so I tend not to engage

    Local, I usually buy local when it comes to fruits & vegetables simply because a strawberry that has traveled from Upstate NY has a lot less “food miles” than one from Chile or Argentina. When it comes to MEAT, I buy from a butcher a practice handed down to me from my grandmother, however I have started ordering from a ranch out in Wyoming because I prefer the taste of grass-fed meat, prefer the USDA Certified Organic Label and feel confident that I will not get sick from eating animals.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      February 17, 2011 at 6:58 AM

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate hearing your preferences.

  2. emajode@yahoo.com
    April 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    I usually buy local because i feel the fruits, vegetables and even meat products taste better as they have not been frozen for long. I think all food lose their flavor after being frozen for considerable time. I am also concerned about the environment and by buying local i feel that i am reducing my carbon foot print on the earth.
    In terms of production practises, my biggest concern is the use of chemicals as pesticides for plants as some studies have shown when these chemicals are washed up and show up in water bodies they act as endocrine disruptors hence affect the fish ,and we are to eventually eat the fish i believe we will experience the same problems.
    Fro animal production, i am concerned with the way milk producers are injected Bovine Growth Hormone and raised in intensive confinemnet. I feel it is not necessary to use these hormones as majority of the population can do with a little less milk in their diet.

  3. scott
    February 27, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    good questions!

    If animal agriculture were entirely abandoned, what is recommended to be done with all of the animals? — I do not think, actually I know, there will never be complete abondonment from meat based foods. However, drastic reduction would highly benefit humans. Meat production kills water, kills the ground, pollutes heavily, uses more natural resources, and is basically unhealthy. If humans consumed far less meat, less animals would be used. Maybe then local farms could be supported.

    Realizing that the majority of those opposed to animal agriculture are also very supportive of natural products, are they then willing to go without many goods used on a daily basis and accept synthetic and highly processed substitutes for the products that utilize animal byproducts? – animal byproducts are easy to get around? What do you need them for? Switch leather for hemp, canvas, or create new leather like products. Most tennis shoes are all synthetic. I was vegan for many years, I never had any issues finding non animal items.
    From the perspective of a person who only buys local because of “animal welfare” concerns:
    What is it that attracts you to local meat? Nothing, I am vegetarian. I do approve of free range, grass fed, organic, properly cared for animals. But I do know there is a flip side to this. This free range animals use even more resources than big factory farmed. However they are also less prone to disease, they produce a better healthier meat, and are far less cruel. Local farms ship animals a shorter distance, cutting back on the carbon footprint. You are supporting families and NOT major corporations. This is better for the economy.
    What measures, if any, could be implemented in large-scale packing houses, that would satisfy your concerns? Honestly, nothing really. I 100% am against this. I understand it is going to happen but I will never support it.

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