(ed: i haven’t eaten animal-flesh in over 35 years and it’s over 20 yrs since i had any cheese/dairy…
..and you have no idea how much the treatment/slaughter/consumption of animals is un-normalised’ for me…)
Let’s start with the obvious argument – animal welfare.
These new measures to put cameras in slaughterhouses might mean something if the very process of raising animals to kill them wasn’t cruel in and of itself.
The Government claims that these cameras will help uphold animal welfare laws.
But under these apparently protective laws farm animals are allowed to be overfed until their legs break from carrying their own weight – are kept crammed in sheds barely seeing a shred of natural daylight in their lives and live knee deep in their own faeces and the remains of animals who have died around them.
This all happens before they get to the slaughterhouse and it’s all completely legal.
Then there are the slaughterhouses themselves – animals are lined up and killed one by one – often along a moving conveyor belt.
Pigs – animals that can solve puzzles – show emotional responses and are thought to be smarter than dogs and almost as smart as chimps – are often heard screaming as strung up by their legs they watch other pigs they have been with since birth get tasered and killed – their bodies sliced in half down the middle – mere centimetres away – before they meet the same death.