If you knew how factory farms raise and terribly treat laying hens, pigs, beef and other livestock would you buy their product? Just this week a major egg producer was spot lighted how hens are confined, poorly treated , how some die and never removed from cages where other egg producers were confined.
Over and over again horror stories are made public by secret employees dedicated to sort out cruelty that exists at a growing number of food suppliers world-wide. I grew up mostly on a farm during WW2. In high school one dated only girls from the country. Living on a Burgessville area farm south of Woodstock, I saw the farmer and his son work long hours out on the land and in the barn, seven days a week They had about 30 milking cows, two horses, pigs galore, hundred of chickens in a huge well ventilated building where they roamed to their heart’s content.
A maple sugar bush and apple and cherry orchard were quite prominent on the 250 acre farm. They churned both butter and ice cream and still had time to attend church, Sunday mornings. They grew a variety of grain crops and had them milled at the elevator a few miles away. Never did I see any animal mistreated.
However it almost seems the norm these days when huge farms are licensed to produce and sell their goods to major grocery stores and fast food outlets. Under the Harper government well over 50 percent of food inspectors were let go……no surprise there are folks willing to cut corners, have no shame mistreating live animals all for the sake of the almighty dollar. Any large factory farm found guilty of cruelty should be closed down, not sold to any other company, period! We all have to do our part and not support any fast food outlet or factory farm along the food chain that mistreats living creatures. Ottawa has to re-double its inspectors NOW. Then, re-double that number every five years.