In this deep dive on factory farm abuse of pigs (https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald/), Glenn Greenwald shows the innate cruetly of the modern farm operation. If you’ve never heard of a gestational crate, be warned, it is uncomfortable to read about. Female pigs are kept in pens inches larger than their own body – unable to walk, turn around, or really even move. There they birth and nurse piglets until they are no longer economically viable. Then somebody eats them.
And the cycle begins again. In these living conditions, how could a pig be anything other than filthy? They live in their own filth, and are often surrounded by rotting corpses, perhaps even their own dead offspring. Many of them would fit a human diagnosis of insane. Outside of this environment, pigs are among the more intelligent mammals, but it all goes to shit, literally, once they are locked up. Read the article for the full, terrible details and pictures.
Finding a reasonable argument in favor of gestational crates other than profit is challenging. Finding a justification for participating in the system, by eating pork, is sickening.
When confronted with their own monstrous practices, the industry has tried to, not clean itself up, but suppress animal rights activists through ag-gag laws. In general, these laws make it illegal to film farm activity under the guise of food safety, or anti-terrorism, or whatever. Courts have routinely struck them down as violating free speech. Yet states continue to pass them.
The article details an incident where an animal sanctuary was raided by the FBI during a search for two rescued piglets. The piglets were left to die on a factory farm when they were rescued. A sunk cost for the bacon factory when they were taken and nursed back to health. Somehow, the FBI decided that returning them from life at the sanctuary to a death sentence on the factory farm was a worthwhile use of resources.
If the legal practices of the farm industry sound corrupt to you, you’re not alone. If the farm practices sicken you, stop participating in it. If it does not, maybe you should watch the vr pig film (http://ianimal360.com) mentioned in the article. I haven’t seen a lot of compelling uses for virtual reality yet, but this could be among the best.