We at PETA have been saying this for years, but it’s nice to have a well-respected non-animal rights organization like the Pew Charitable Trusts back us up. A recent report funded by Pew and conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concluded that “[f]actory farming takes a big, hidden toll on human health and the environment; is undermining rural America’s economic stability, and fails to provide the humane treatment of livestock increasingly demanded by American consumers,” according to an article about the study in The Washington Post.
Wow, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
The study is remarkable for a couple of reasons. It was very thorough, spanning more than two years. The panel was composed of experts in a variety of fields, including agriculture industry representatives.
Most remarkable of all, even the agriculture apologists were able to agree on recommendations for major changes, including banning the use of antibiotics to promote animals’ growth and phasing out gestation crates (crates so small that pigs can never turn around) for pregnant pigs and battery cages (cages so tiny that chickens are unable to spread even one wing) for laying hens.
Hopefully, this report will serve as an impetus for huge changes that will reduce the suffering of animals as well as protect the environment and human health. We’ll keep you posted.