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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
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