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Farmers Don’t Like It When We Talk About Them

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Farmers Don't Like It When We Talk About Them by Alisa MullinsA recent posting on The Farm Gate, an agriculture blog produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, laments the fact that today’s consumers are “more familiar with meat animals” and “livestock production practices.”

Why is this a bad thing as far as the agriculture industry is concerned? Because when people find out that “meat animals” are sensitive and intelligent, that they are routinely subjected to horrific abuses (such as tail-docking, castration, and debeaking) without being given any painkillers, and that they are confined for months or even years to cramped crates and cages, they stop buying meat!

That’s the conclusion of livestock economists Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University and Nicole Olynk of Purdue University, who studied the media attention given to animal agriculture going all the way back to 1982 and compared it to sales of meat. They discovered, not surprisingly, that publicity about undercover investigations on factory farms and referendums to abolish gestation crates and battery cages had a negative impact on consumer demand for animal-derived products. For example, they concluded that the demand for pork would have been 2.65 percent higher and the demand for poultry 5.01 percent higher without the media attention that was given to animal welfare issues from 1999 to 2008.

So there you have it. Just as we suspected, when people find out how cruel factory farms are, they don’t want to support them—or, as Sir Paul McCartney once said, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”

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    Ruth says...

    October 23rd, 2010, 9:57 am

    What a sad world we live in that Animals can not live in Peace because of Human Greed, because we all understand that its always about MONEY.

    Genesis 1:28 Further, God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.”

    29 And God went on to say: “Here I have given to YOU all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed. To YOU let it serve as food.

    30 And to every wild beast of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving upon the earth in which there is life as a soul I have given all green vegetation for food.” And it came to be so.

    A thought… In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, when God gave Adam dominion over the birds of the air, the animals, the fish, etc., do you think he meant total control as to destroy at will as well? No he did not, in Aramaic this word “domain” actually means “the responsibility for THE CARE OF all of his Creation” (GOD).

    Have you ever asked yourself why would God create animals to be killed?

    Where in the Bible does God make mention in the beginning of creation that animals should be used for food?

    Nowhere!

    Everything else was after Human Sinned.

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