All those playing the game of "Animal Life"
Basically, we have four different categories of those involved throughout the whole business of Factory Farming. There is the government, the employers/workers in the factories and slaughterhouses, us, the consumers and the animals.
Isn't it funny how everything boils down to the big guys on the top of the hill? Canadians think they run the show, but we are so wrong. Anyways, that is a small portion of all this mess. What I want to talk about concerning the government—besides my bitter attitude towards them—is my bitter attitude towards them. I mean, come on! These people are feeding us information like: "You need meat to be strong!", and "You need dairy for healthy bones!". Really? Because I'm vegan and I am extremely happy about my great health and have you seen these abs? No, you haven't, and that's ok, but they are pretty great... you know, not to brag. And what about this guy?
What I'm trying to say, is that the government is giving us these food pyramids that typically have a dairy and meat section, as if that is going to save our lives, or make them a little longer if we follow the pyramid top to bottom. Well, no. Thanks, but no thanks.
All of these messages from the people in the big chairs are because factory farming is a very large part of our economy right now. Sad, but true. However, if we stopped demanding the product, we would force them into finding something else to sell. Simple, really. We just have to do it.
Alright, now I can stop being bitter about the government and be bitter about these guys. What's great is that these people are about as powerful as we feel most of the time. If we stopped buying their product, they would be out of the job. They would not be able to get away with what they are currently doing to farm animals, fellow workers, or the environment. Also, many workers have no idea that they would have rights outside of their situation, or don't think they are qualified anywhere else. In truth, they could work jobs on the same sort of level with a little training—for example, construction—in a by far healthier environment where they are treated equally, respected and have proper, much higher pay.
This is us. The most powerful humans in numbers. It is always up to us to make the decision: What do we support? What do we not support? Here's the kicker, and the most important point I can make in this post: Whether we like or not, we are in this. We either support meat and dairy, or we don't. Hard to face, but every single dollar counts. It is a vote, and one we should treat seriously and responsibly. If and when we make the decision, we need to be able to know why we made the decision, and be able to back it up logically. This is not something which should be treated apathetically. Animal welfare, environmental sustainability, human rights. These should not be tossed aside.
Finally, we are at the focus of the subject. They hold no stakes, even though we hold steaks. They have no say about what happens to them. They never do. Look at dogs, who are bought into homes where they may or may not be fed every night. Or horses, where very few people actually understand how to take proper care of them. Animals never get the say, so it is up to us to use compassion towards them, because studies upon studies—never mind our intuition—prove that these living beings are sentient. Now I sound like a PETA supporter. I'm not trying to, I swear!
What more can I say? The government's best interest is not our best interest; the workers tend to feel stuck because their employers tend to be little red guys with pitchforks most of the time; we hold the power but don't seem to realize it, nor what our dollar means; and animals have no voice of their own. I think I covered it.