Letter: More suffering for sows in confinement
Sows on CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) live almost their entire lives in extreme confinement in gestation and farrowing crates. They cannot walk or even turn around.
Now a new device promises to increase the suffering of sows. It is a belt that will shock them if they lie down in a way that might crush their piglets.
So they can’t walk or turn around and now they will be afraid to lie down. This sounds like torture to me. How would you feel if your dog or cat were treated this way? Would it be acceptable?
Consider the words of Ruth Harrison, author of Animal Machines, “In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, cruelty is condoned, and once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.”
And the words of Jonathan Foer, author of Eating Animals, “When we eat factory-farmed meat, we live, literally, on tortured flesh.”
All of this suffering in the lives of these sows and then they endure transportation to and the process of slaughter. Eating meat is not even a necessity, yet there appears to be no limit to what we will do to animals to produce cheap meat. Please don’t support this industry and consider leaving meat off your plate altogether.