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February 15, 2020 - WBUR (Boston Public Radio)

More Americans Are Eating Plant-Based Diets. This Might Help End Animal Prisons

More Americans Are Eating Plant-Based Diets. This Might Help End Animal Prisons
Chicks at CAFO Credit: Aussie Farms

CAFOs [Concentrated animal feeding operations] essentially are prisons for animals, producing close to all of the meat and poultry Americans eat. Squatting at the crossroads of animal cruelty and corporate greed, they have the largest use of “intensive confinement methods” of the kind mentioned above.

Different people travel different roads to vegetarianism. Some want sustainable agriculture that contributes less to climate change; some are seeking a healthier lifestyle. My own conversion pivoted off the realization that, in good conscience, I could no longer subsidize factory farming. Those are farms where five to 10 egg-laying hens are crammed into drawer-sized wire cages, sometimes fatally, without space even to turn around; and where highly sentient pigs are crated, also without turning room, and without bedding or nursing space for their young, whose tails are severed sans sedatives to prevent the piglets from tail-biting.

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