Do you believe that animals deserve basic legal rights? The Animal Bill of Rights is a petition to the United States Congress put together by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Animals often are not given the basic necessities of life, especially those animals that are farmed for food consumption.
Pigs and cows are often kept crammed into small pens on cement floors, thus, taking away the animals’ ability to exercise normal behavior. This practice leads to unhealthy animals. One side effect of this practice is that pigs in these conditions often chew their tails off. This has been related to the pig’s inability to “root” around in the dirt; pigs rooting around is as basic an instinct to them as grazing is to cows and horses. Yet often swine and bovine used for food production do not have the ability to exercise their most very basic instincts.
We all certainly have had the pleasure of the seeing a PETA ad, which show the horrible conditions in which some of these animals are kept. While those harsh images certainly have their place, I challenge you to find out where your meat comes from and possibly make the next step to find out if the animal had the basic necessities of life prior to it’s slaughtering. First, one will probably be surprised at the distance meat travels to get to our plates. Imagine how much we could decrease our carbon footprints by finding meat from a local slaughter house. Second, one will certainly find some of the conditions deplorable.
Beyond Factory Farming takes a look at the strides that can be made and the effects it will have on our local environments, as well as our globe. While this report does not have the same focus as the Animal Bill of Rights, it does have some solutions that can aid the basic rights of animals used in factory farms.
Currently more than 270,000 people have signed the petition for the Animal Bill of Rights. Happy animals are healthy animals and don’t we all want to consume the healthiest animals.
The Animal Bill of Rights
The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.
The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.
The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.
The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.