re you interestedin learning abouthow animals are raisedin today’s farms? Doyou want to knowmore about theimpacts of animalagribusiness on thewell-being of animals,people,and the envi-ronment? Are youwondering how youcan help improve animal welfare and the environment?Educating yourself about animal protection issues is one of themost important steps you can take to help animals.
will help you better understand the effects of industri-alized animal agribusiness on animals,human health,and theenvironment,while also providing background on the few lawsgoverning animal agribusiness and the many ways that you canmake a difference.As you read this booklet,we encourage you to review the ques-tions and activities that appear throughout.They’ll help youthink through the issues and suggest ways for you to becomemeaningfully involved.
Think About It
urges you to clarify yourown views and exercise your critical-thinking skills,while
Questions and Issues for Discussion
offers topics for classroomdiscussion or debate.
Explore the Issues
guides you in research-ing such topics as your state’s animal agribusiness laws and pub-lic health concerns related to the production of meat,eggs anddairy.
provides ideas for citizenship projects,publicawareness campaigns,ways to support better farming practices,and other activities you can do on your own or with friends orclassmates.
COVER:Female pigs used for breeding (called ‘breeding sows’ by the industry) are confined most of theirlives in gestation crates which are so small that they cannot even turn around.The pigs’ basic needs aredenied,and they experience severe physical and psychological disorders.Photo credit:Farm Sanctuary.
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