Refusing to eat
Always thought meat comes from mature, strong animals with fully developed muscles? Then this alarming fact may come as a surprise: Billions of baby animals are slaughtered for their flesh.
Yes, many veal, piglet or lamb only get to live a few weeks or months before they fall into the hands of the meat industry.
But it’s not just the sheer number of baby animals that we lose every day that’s disturbing, especially to those leading sustainable lifestyles. Did you know that their brief existence is filled with suffering and stress due to cruel and relentless practices in factory farms and abattoirs?
It’s bad enough that their lives are cut short. Not ever knowing what it feels like to be loved and cared for makes matters worse.
So what exactly is it like for these poor baby animals? And how can a biotarian lifestyle help keep them safe?
Just ask yourself where does your meat come from?
How it all goes down
Animals reared for their flesh share pretty similar experiences.
Females are kept constantly pregnant, often forcibly. And when they give birth, their babies are torn away from them before they get a chance to bond.
The baby animals are brought to factory farms, where the living conditions are as gloomy as they are filthy. They stay in confined or crammed spaces, with most of them undergoing one or two forms of mutilation without being administered any painkillers. A number of them even develop health problems.
There they are also fed synthetic formulas or drugs or whatever it takes to get their bodies to meet slaughtering requirements. Some are weakened on purpose. Others are rushed into growing big that they end up abnormally heavy or large for their age.
Once their bodies are “ready,” the animals are transported to slaughterhouses or abattoirs. And those journeys are often long and traumatic, as they don’t get enough water, food or ventilation and are placed in severely crowded areas.
It doesn’t get any easier when the animals reach the abattoir—their most terrifying and excruciating stop. They are typically stunned beforehand to spare them from the pain, but this is sometimes not done properly that the animals regain consciousness as they are being killed.
No, they never get to breathe fresh air or see the sun or enjoy the outdoors or interact with their parents.
That’s the unfortunate reality of what baby animals face day in and day out.
From the perspective of farms
Does all this sound inhumane and unfair? Yes. So why don’t aren’t these baby animals given a chance to live to see adulthood?
Sadly, it all boils down to profitability. Raising meat can get costly. The longer the animals are kept alive, the more the owner has to spend on sheltering and feeding them. And most farms can’t afford to do that and risk losing profit.
The question is: What can you do? Well, you can help by raising awareness about the plight of baby animals that are reared for their flesh. You can stop eating them and adopte a biotarian lifestyle.
It is all about life, and the respect of the life cycle!
On the upside, there are efforts among organic farms to work with sustainably raised animals. In support of sustainable lifestyles, a number of small family farms have been producing veal under more favorable conditions. Calves are not torn away from their mothers to be confined or chained. Instead, they are allowed to stay and nurse from their grazing mothers. And they aren’t given any drugs or hormones.