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Factory Farming Canadian Edition


DictionarySearch Resultsfac·to·ry farm·ingnoun 1.A system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions


"We are not only torturing them, we are killing ourselves in the process"

"..it's the truth hidden between lies..."

Here's a video about something called "The Meatrix." Take a look and you will find out what factory farming is all about.

HERE'S WHAT WE'VE GOT..1. Animal cruelty2.Anitbiotic resistant germs3.Massive pollution4.Destroyed communities

NOW LET'S GET A LITTLE MORE IN DEPTH..Why is this activity unsustainable?Factory farming doesn't only sound and look pitiful. In fact, many of you probably already have a direct conitation to the word evil. Unfortunately, there's more. We need to look at factory farming at a different way. Right now, factory farms are the cause for over 95% of the 650 million animals raised and slaughtered.600 million chickens live and die in confinement just so Canadians can eat their meat.Most of Canadas 14 million cows are also being confined as a food assembly line.Almost 30 million pigs are sent to "live" in cramped dark warehouses until they become dinner. "THESE ANIMALS SPEND OVER 90% OF THEIR LIVES HERE."

LET'S CONTINUE..Now I see why this may not be a huge problem. Just because these animals are dying doesn't mean this activity is unsustainble. Developers can make sure for example- for every animal lost there is another animal born.Unfortunately, this is the bad news. THEY'RE NOT.Right now developers do not belive in the fact their supply of animals will diminish. This is incorrect because statistically animal rate (specifically farm animals) are decreasing by the year due to slaughter houses like factory farms.You may ask yourself "why?"This is because small farmers are forced to compete with these massive indutries which are knocking them down. Now, animal reproduction does not even have the chance to begin once others have been slaughtered as these small farms do not have a chance to grow and raise. The big industries are too focussed on getting the "big bucks" and destroying the local farmer rather than making sure there own buisinesses will be okay. I bet you didn't know that factory farming workers get paid by the number and weight of animals slaughtered each day. This technically means that if more animals die the more workers get paid. This is the reason why the supply of animals does not even get looked at in a sense.

HEALTH CONDITIONSAnother huge reason why factory farming is such an unsustainable activity is due to the health conditions of the animals. The average life span of a cow regardless of breed is 15 years, a pig-20 years and for chicken-15-20 years. However this does not describe that of at a factory farm. At a factory these lifespans are cut down by over three quaters. For example, egg laying hens are killed at 1 1/2 years and broiler chickens are killed at the short lifespan of about 42 DAYS. This happens for many different reasons including diseases, drug over doses and for the sake of killing and animals once it has met its purpose or if there is another animals which can "suit ones job better." Most oftenly for the fact that a new animal has less disease. Notice how I said LESS. It does not mean that the animal nessacarily has no sickness. These acts are literally "dumping animals away" without the knowledge or hopes of new animals to come. This means that animals are dying due to unatural causes each year and they are NOT living their expected complete lives which creates a problem because now they are becoming scarce and decreasing rapidly rather than living their full lives.


WATCH THE VIDEO to see how factory farming is unsustainable to our world

Take a look at how factory farming growth created a problem in this video.AFTER VIDEOYou can see how natural growth is better than artificial even though natural may mean slower as you saw the entire community develope backwards in the thought of the negitive aspects seen. For example a major factor was pollution and deforestration which cause unsustainability as it increased and that land could no longer be used. You can see just how things were able to change in this video but unfortunately this does not always happen in the real world.

As you can see, factory farming affects the outside world as well. DID YOU KNOW people living near factory farms have the largest rate of higher risk illinesses an diseases than anywhere else around the area (in this case Canada).Anitbiotics which get pumped into the animals cause the loss for humans to fight certain strains of bacteria. Disease and feuls are released into the air into the broader community. Now this has not only become and issue for the animals but it has been increasingly affecting human everyday life. The factory farming industry is known to be vertically- integrated into the broader community. Now as a result, factory farms are causing not only harm towards animals but this issue is affected human life and our attitudes and way of life. It destorying perfectly good land which people do not care to restore.



GOVERNMENT...The Canadian government is following and looking into a plan called The WORLD SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS Model Farm Project. Also known as the W.S.P.A's Model Farm Project. This demonstartes the benefits of humane farming rather than factory farming. It is able to demonstrate exactly WHERE factory farming is on the rise and how it can be substituted with a more sustainable result. This system suggests that humane farming can be cost-efficient and it is kinder towards animals and people.Here are some of the major REGULATIONS that this system promotes along with the Canadian goverment...GENERAL LOOK AT THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT IN CANADA...1. The Health of Animals does not address current transport distances and conditions. Animal welfare groups recommend the Canadian government adopt standards that meet or exceed OIE standards. (Specifically, Canada needs to improve on feed, water, and rest standards).WHAT IS OIE STANDARD?Standard of health towards animals which ensures animal safety apart ofthe WSPA organization.2.The acts apart of any meat inspection must respect the import and export of any interprovincial trade in meat products, the registration of establishments, the inspection of animals and meat products in registered establishments and the standards for those establishments and for animals slaughtered and meat products prepared in those establishments.3.The Criminal Code, Cruelty to Animals Provisions.This suggests that any part take in animal abuse following animal harm or over production is considered as a criminal offense and is punishable.Provincial legislation Acts... These are provincial acts which occur in many parts of Canada as well.1. general animal protection legislation: this protects animals from distress, and provides the authority to remove animals from situations of neglect or harm.2. regulation controls and licensing: humane slaughter, transport, and health legislationKEEP IN MIND..."All provinces define liability offences, often using the term “distress” to describe animals in an unfit condition. All of the provincial laws allow animals to be taken into custody when considered to be in “distress.”As we can see there is a great start to the extinction of factory farming. Canada is and has been in the process of the "beggining of change" which includes different small non-profit and private organizations (i.e The Beyond Factory Farming Institute which implements different acts as well, alog with non profit organizations such as W.S.P.A). In my eyes, in order to stop this issue for good or even to help this problem become more sustainable it is up to us as consumers and "supporters."

What do I mean by supporters?

The supporting of local grocery stores who support natural local farming and products= sustainableSEEMS EASY?If I put this in to perspective this would technically mean that a 50% raise of Canadians who support these local grocery stores equals a 50% drop in the support of factory farming. This would also mean that those who don't support these businesses are technically in support of factory farming. Unfortunately this percentage is very high, exceeding the amount of people who do support these bussinesses.WHAT CAN WE DO? ASK YOURSELF WHAT CAN YOU PERSONALLY DO AND I WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT I CAN DO.Here is what I propose...How about we bring together organizations and ndividuals from different movements and perspectives. This will ensure a look at every possible different outcome and solutions to factory farming. Environmentalists will consider the environmental costs of different situations while urban planners decide statistics and outcomes for different scenarios. In a general idea, each person has a different view which is importat while debating an issue in the wolrld. We need schooling and governmental access to promote the ideas. Virtually awareness= talk= change=difference. Without the knowledge we as consumers can not understand the consequences. We need to involve small non profit organizations to teach kids all over Canada. Non-governmental organizations can promote business ideas without the control of the government which may cause our economy to change. This is because we need someone to talk for us as people who want to change the ways of factory farming without the biased affect of the government. Afterall if it is up to the people to make a difference than it is up to the people to do something about it. We need to support the "small farmers" who still exsist who will slowly become non-exsistant if we don't lead a revolution to care. Media causes global conflict as many of us has seen so why can't it confront an issue which seems small compared to the many other troubles in the world. We just need to tell ourselves that the truth is up to us to decide.

Personally there are many things I can do alone. Small things that anyone and everyone can do. Personally I will try the "quality over quantity" technique where if I chose the natural product with a higher price over the large amount of procuced products for a lesser price by factory farms, it can create a much more sustainable outcome. I need to realize that it is up to us as individuals to change.I've talked about the simple things people can do to change but if I am talking about myself as an individual I know I can do many things to help the issue become sustainable. Focussing on that fact that more isn't always better is one factor, along with the purchasing of organic products and locally grown products, as a consumer I need to let my money be the deciding factor. Let the money do the talking. If factory farms are not recieving the support they need to continue subsequently they will not continue. I need to find out and reasearch where my food is coming from and where it could be coming from; find out where humanely grown food is coming from. Simple things such as joining local organizations where many different figures have the same beliefs as you. Stopping factory farming doesn't necassarily mean I need to become vegitarion or a vegan because eating meats does not mean it is unsustainable, it is the fact of WHERE and HOW MUCH in which I am getting my meat from, even though it may involve extra background knowledge.I need to get involved because ultimately I am the reason for this issue. Not only myself but everyone generally buying foods from big name grocery stores every day. By talking to local farmers to see what they can offer is a great way to figure out how your meatis being distributed. There are many ways to solve this issue. Even the little things one person can do can change how society sees factory farming and how factory sees itself.



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