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Farm Animal Ethics

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Tony Tran

on 5 December 2015

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Transcript of Farm Animal Ethics

Let's reconsider the cow milking situation
Let's also reconsider the pig dilemma
Take-home message
Farm Animal Owner's Perspective
-Most farms do consider the consumer's opinions
-people need to understand the farm's financial position
-Must foresee if improvements create too much work for the farm
Farm Animal Ethics
People often see farm animals and believe they are being abused
Poor cows must feel horrible being milked every day
Mother pig is trapped in such a small cage!
Reality:

Cows naturally have milk until calf transitions into a plant diet.

If the owner gives cows enough food to and makes sure she's healthy, then the cow is content being milked for a longer period of time.
Farrow Crates are used to:
-protect piglets from being squished
-Mother pig has space to carefully stand or lie down
-Protect Mother pig from other mother pigs
Don't want to mix up piglets because they will lose their milking teat and starve
Nom nom nom...
Problem: misunderstanding of farm animal practices
So which group of people are being mislead?
-the public
-the media
-animal rights groups
"Raw" examples of what people think about farm animal practices
But there are extreme animal rights groups like PETA who skew and generalize farm animal abuse that the public assumes are facts
What the everyday person reads is an article that is filled with emotionally-charged words that "twists" the minds of the reader in a way that they agree to PETA's agenda.
It not that there isn't an some truth in their words, but they go too far with them.

Reality: There has been improvements
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/19/393848921/cramped-chicken-cages-are-going-away-what-comes-next
http://rabrownranch.com/news.html
Author's Personal Example: Think about the costs of adding a sophisticated piece of technology that might cost $500+ each to each of your hundreds of thousands of dairy cows. It isn't cheap and most farms need to finance it over a couple years to finally begin profiting.
Outdating the caged chicken housing into a free-range housing
Outreach of responsible farm animal owners
Improvements in dairy cow housing system
sturdy cloth roof design for more natural sunlight while keeping heat at a minimal
soft manure and dirt flooring for cows to lay on. It is rolled over daily to keep it fresh
So you guys can probably guess now that my stance is responsible farm animal use
BUT...
THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON FArm ANIMAL ETHICS?
What type of human-animal relationship do you want?
Things to consider before deciding
This does not mean there still is not a big job ahead in the future to keep striving for the best quality of life for farm animals

Responsible Animal Use groups and Animal Rights groups both have the ultimate purpose of having a positive human-animal relationship, but they are doing it in different ways
-be informed about proper farm animal practices
-take some time to see if abusive practices are actually outdated
-don't be quick to judge before doing some research
-ask a person who has farm animal experience
Thanks for taking your time to understand farm animal ethics
In fact, there CAN be major improvements with farm animal care in farm animal factories
BUT, the first step is to acknowledge that there are farm animal owners who ARE responsible
by Tony Tran
Potential concerned people
What if I told you those images are misunderstood?!
consumers
average person who has meat in their diet
potential uninformed or misinformed activists
*animal use is BAD!!!*
*stop ignorance*
*WE can do better*
*humans has always needed animals*
*not all farm animals suffer*
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