OPINION: As Florence Kills Pigs And Millions Of Chickens, We Must 'Open Our Hearts'

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says Hurricane Florence should lead us to look beyond the agriculture industry's loss of "inventory" and view animals as thinking, feeling — and suffering — beings.
An industrial farm affected by flooding from Hurricane Florence in Duplin County, N.C. Source: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

An amazing animal rescue video surfaced last week, in the wake of the floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence. In Leland, N.C., six hunting dogs had been abandoned in chain-link kennels, unable to escape the rising waters. The dogs' body language tells the story: first their fear at their entrapment, then their joy when volunteer Ryan Nichols releases them.

Rescues of pets from this storm grab our attention, too — for most people, these animals are members of our family.

Far different is the situation in thes, or concentrated agricultural feeding operations, which house thousands of animals in crowded, often filthy conditions.

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