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Unformatted text preview: of money, labor, and attention. To subject innocent creatures to such treatment has long been recognized as heartless. Animal factories make an economic virtue of heartlessness toward domestic animals, to which we humans owe instead a large debt of respect and gratitude” (Berry, 2005). Once you are aware of the ethical implications and these harsh comparisons of today’s animal agriculture, it is difficult to ignore. There are also a countless number of concerns related to factory farming that extend beyond animal welfare that affect our health and the health of our environment. These environmental issues include greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of air, water and soil related with the waste lagoons created by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs.) Today’s livestock farms are not exactly Old MacDonald’s anymore. Chicken farming, for example, has transformed into operations with multiple football‐field‐sized sheds that house 100,000 birds each. Dairy cows stand for most of their lives on concrete floors, are pumped full...
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