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Ethics Paper on Hunting

Calves are taken from their mothers within 24 hours

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Calves are taken from their mothers within 24 hours of birth.” The suit also claims “the bull calves are either sent to veal pens or to feed lots, while the heifers are raised until they can be mated. After three pregnancies and thousands of gallons of milk, the cows are sent to the slaughterhouse, where they are turned into hamburgers and low-grade steak.” This is true for more than just the cows at Real California Milk, people like to assume that buying organic food means the animals lived in better conditions however according to research by the New York Times it’s more likely your organic milk came from cows that spend their days in lots, eating grain and attached to milking machines—just like
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conventional cows. The same is true for chickens, pigs, and any other animal raised for human consumption. Also when looking at the USDA regulations a product is considered organic if it “contains at least 50 percent organically produced ingredients” which allows for 49 percent of non-organic material to be present in the food. In addition the USDA has no real authority even when they find a factory isn’t keeping up with the standards; the USDA cannot demand that a company recall its products and only has the power to consult with a company about how they should handle the situation. Clearly you can see where the anti-hunters argument has faults to it, if organic material is really only 50% natural, and the animals aren’t treated with respect, than how can anti-hunters actually say that buying organic is more humane. Plus even if you assume that maybe some organic farms treat its animals better you have to consider that the animal is still being raised for slaughter, which in itself is ethically wrong. At least when an animal is hunted it isn’t being raised for slaughter, it lives a life free of cages and conditions that kill it, and in the end also has a chance to escape its death by hunting. For now I’m going to set aside the fact that raising animals to be killed is morally wrong in order to further disperse the argument on organic meat. As of 2005, four companies controlled the processing of over 80% of the country's beef and process over 60% of the country's pork. Additionally, the four major companies in broiler chicken processing provide over half of the country's chicken supply. It is the same situation for turkey meat. Even if the meat was raised organically it could still be processed and slaughtered inhumanely, so even by buying from the organic section, or from an all organic store you may have a false peace of mind that the animal was raised correctly but it is nearly impossible to tell how and where meat
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was packaged, therefore by buying meat that was treated immorally you yourself are supporting the lack of animal rights.
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