Did you know that, in at least eight states in the USA, it has been declared ILLEGAL to blow the whistle on animal cruelty? In other words, if you are an employee forced to do cruel things to pigs or chickens or cows, you have no right to talk about it. You can quit your job, but if you want to keep it, you are forced by law to keep your moral outrage to yourself. If you are a concerned citizen trying to expose the truth about what’s going on inside these highly-secure agricultural hell-holes, you can be fined or put in jail. Corporations can now shut you out and shut you up.
Very quietly, it seems, lobbyists for the largest food corporations (who have successfully managed to buy up and amalgamate most of the independent local farmers) are putting pressure on government to outlaw whistle-blowers. This well-written article in a recent issue of Mother Jones magazine tells the story of how corporate greed is now corrupting our access to the truth. The magazine article features a photograph of a man who works inside one of the factories, and the sadness in his eyes speaks volumes. It’s not only the animals that suffer.
When animal cruelty is documented and evident (PETA, the organization that tries to monitor animal cruelty, has disseminated videos of workers grinding up male baby chicks live, ripping the testicles off baby pigs, beating animals with steel bars and other grisly behaviour), we have a moral responsibility to address it as consumers. When the law gets on the side of the money-makers, though, that’s scary stuff.
You should know that there are some very powerful money sources at work to keep you ignorant. Read the article, be aware, and make decisions going forward that feel right to you. Find a local agricultural source that ensures humane treatment of the animals that become protein on our plates. Inform yourself about where the meat in your grocery store comes from, and let’s see if we can’t put pressure on large corporations to stop this insanity. If all else fails, you can do what so many other people are doing – stop eating meat. The only reason they can get away with this is because we all want to continue the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed.