Michael Greger MD

Michael Greger MD

Posted March 5, 2010

Published in Animals

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Meat Industry Wants Consumers Clueless

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Professor Emeritus of Animal Science Peter Cheeke wrote the following in one of his college textbooks on animal agriculture:

"One of the best things modern animal agriculture has going for it is that most people... haven't a clue how animals are raised and "processed." If most urban meat-eaters were to visit an industrial broiler [chicken] house, to see how the birds are raised, and could see the birds being 'harvested' and then being 'processed' in a poultry processing plant, some, perhaps many of them, would swear off eating chicken and perhaps all meat. For modern animal agriculture, the less the consumer knows about what's happening before the meat hits the plate, the better."

When people do find out, they are outraged. In the last election cycle, Californians passed a ballot measure phasing out some of the worst factory farm abuses by a landslide. This November the citizens of Ohio may have the same opportunity, but they need your help.

Today a white paper was released that I had the privilege to contribute to detailing some of the horrors of factory farming affecting millions of animals in the state. Horrors like strangling pigs to death, as was documented in the HBO documentary Death on a Factory Farm. The proposed ballot measure in Ohio would ban the strangulation of cows and pigs, the transport to slaughter of cows and calves who can't even walk, and the confinement of animals in cages and crates barely larger than their bodies, What does it say about how animals are now raised for food that the meat, dairy, and egg industries have spent millions of dollars trying to stop these kinds of modest reforms?