Many consumers don't make the connection between the neatly packaged food they purchase in stores and how its production contributes to the suffering of billions of farm animals every year. The image of a bucolic, green pasture farm with rolling hills is far from the truth of the modern factory farm.
Factory farming is the cruel practice of raising animals for meat, eggs and milk in overcrowded cages, barren warehouses, or highly restrictive pens or stalls, to maximize production and profit. Farm animals are not protected under the Federal Animal Welfare Act and a majority of U.S. states-including Washington-exempt farms from anti-cruelty statutes as long as their procedures are seen as "accepted," or "normal."
Today's "industrialized" factory farming subjects animals to unhealthy and unnatural living conditions and untold suffering during their all-too-short-lives. Packing thousands of animals into a confined space for production also impacts the environment by degrading the soil, excessively using water and contributing to air pollution.
Read about a study that reported on the various negative impacts of factory farms in the Washington Post.
Help reduce animal suffering with your diet, your dime and your time.
Abstaining from buying and eating meat products (such as going vegetarian or vegan), even for a few days a week, significantly contributes to reducing both farm animal suffering and to reducing the impact on the environment for the benefit of all animals. It's also a great way to improve your own health.
- Think "going veggie" is tough on the run? Try a quick veggie hotdog, garden burger, or any of the ready-to-eat veggie items available today in mainstream grocery stores.
- Dine out veggie in Seattle with your friends!
- If you are traveling, look up veggie restaurants and grocery stores around the world.
- Planning a dinner party? Try vegweb.com or veganchef.com for simple to exotic culinary ideas.
- Volunteer to help farm animals directly by searching for a farm animal sanctuary in your area.
- Find a farmer's market near you to buy sustainably-produced, animal-friendly food.