“[It is] more economically ecient to puta greater number o birds into each cage,accepting lower productivity per birdbut greater productivity per cage.…[I]ndividual animals may ‘produce,’or example gain weight, in partbecause they are immobile, yet suerbecause o the inability to move.…Chickens are cheap, cages are expensive.”
Bernard E. Rollin, PhD
Farm Animal Welfare,
Iowa State University Press, 2003
Left: A single battery cage holding at least 11 egg-laying hens.Above: A broiler house, and pigs on their way to slaughter.
“In my opinion, i most urban meat eaterswere to visit an industrial broiler house,to see how the birds are raised, andcould see the birds being ‘harvested’and then being ‘processed’ in a poultryprocessing plant, they would not beimpressed and some, perhaps manyo them would swear o eating chickenand perhaps all meat.“For modern animal agriculture, the lessthe consumer knows about what’s hap-pening beore the meat hits the plate, thebetter. I true, is this an ethical situation?Should we be reluctant to let people knowwhat really goes on, because we’renot really proud o it and concerned thatit might turn them to vegetarianism?”
Peter Cheeke, PhD
Oregon State University Professor of Animal Agriculture
Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture,
“With rising temperatures, rising sea levels,melting icecaps and glaciers, shitingocean currents and weather patterns,climate change is the most seriouschallenge acing the human race.“The livestock sector is a major player,responsible or 18 percent o greenhousegas emissions measured in CO
equiva-lent. This is a higher share than transport.”
Eating less meat not only prevents cruelty, but also protects the planet:your dietary habits can actually have as much impact on reducingglobal warming as your driving habits.