Ethical Issues In Mass Farming

1890 Words8 Pages
Most people take for granted the wide array of products available to them at the supermarket but seldom do people stop to think of where their food came from. And while most food has at most, economic consequences in its farming practices, the meat that is available for purchase at your local supermarket was most likely produced in unethical and inhuman conditions. For example, many people look for labels that say “Organic” or “Free range”, thinking that they are buying a more ethical product. These can often be misleading, and often don’t tell the whole story of the products origins. The current practices of mass farming in the United States, and particularly that of animals, carries serious ethical and environmental consequences and should…show more content…
For example as seen in a documentary titled, If slaughter houses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian, The documentary highlights many of the horrid acts committed in slaughter houses across the United States. Images of live pigs stung up by their feet having their throats slit only to fall to the ground and struggle as they bleed to death. Other acts include beginning the butchering process on animals who are still alive and hitting sick piglets on the ground repeatedly to kill them. If these acts were committed by an individual who was not involved in the farming industry, people would be calling it animal abuse and calling for charges to be filed on the individual. But many either choose to remain ignorant of the truth or have simply not seen what really happens in large scale slaughter…show more content…
This environmental issue pertains to water usage as well as the pollution of water sources by large scale meat packing plants. A 2015 report by the Food and Water watch on factory farming illustrates just how dangerous the pollution of water sources by the farming industry is. The runoff from factory farming has polluted an estimated 20,000 miles of rivers and streams as well as an estimated quarter of a million acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds (Food and Water Watch). All this pollution can have serious impacts on the communities of organisms and animals who use these rivers and lakes as their main water sources and humans are also affected by this pollution, as these rivers and reservoirs provide drinking water for many
Open Document