Animal Welfare

What does the research say?

Every single day, more than 200 million animals are killed for food around the world and, if you include fish, around 3 billion animals are killed each day. This is neither necessary or sustainable (check out this global clock). Additionally, babies of dairy cows are separated from their mothers within the first 24 hours after birth. The majority of the milk thus enters the food market and not the stomachs of the calves, leaving behind wailing mothers and inconsolable newborn babies. The separation between any mammalian and her infant is an excruciating one. Dairy cows and goats suffer multiple losses, year after year, until they are killed by industry for either their skin (leather) or less common for meat. Their female babies will become dairy cows, enslaved by the system until their deaths. Their male babies often become veal calves, a tortuous and gruesome life of deprivation and violence.The notion that humans are superior, and thus entitled to exploit, use and abuse, and subjugate animals is known as speciesism. Many in the civil rights movement associate speciesism with other forms of prejudice and oppression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some articles about animal welfare, speciesism, and philosophy.

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history​

Hot, Crowded, and Legal: A Look at Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Brazil

Speciesism and moral status

Confessions of a slaughterhouse worker (sensitive)

What is speciesism?

 

Environmental values, anthropocentrism, and speciesism

 

The Moral Standing of Animals: Towards a Psychology of Speciesism

Common Ideological Roots of Speciesism and Generalized Ethnic Prejudice: The Social Dominance Human–Animal Relations Model 

Speciesism, generalized prejudice, and perceptions of prejudiced others

Moral standing, the value of lives, and speciesism

Social work and speciesism

Combating speciesism in psychology and feminism

 

Aeon:Eating someone

Washington Post: Meat is not essential

 

Meat eaters by dissociation: How we present, prepare and talk about meat increases willingness to eat meat by reducing empathy and disgust

New York Times: Mistakes that will haunt our legacy

The core argument for veganism

 

When animals are allowed to grow old

 

The meat paradox

 

To cherish all life