A recent survey conducted by Texas A&M University asked consumers how important animal welfare was to them when buying meat. A total of 69% of recipients said that animal welfare is at least somewhat important, 22% said it was very important and 11% said it was extremely important.
Consumers respond when groups such as Mercy for Animals go undercover to show them how the animals slaughtered for meat are treated.
So one would think the common sense thing for those working in animal agriculture to do would be to appeal to the sensibilities of the consumer and create a more humane living and dying environment for those animals.
But that’s not what they’re doing.
Instead, the animal agriculture industry is trying to make it illegal for you to know how the animals killed for food are treated by passing ag-gag laws in state legislatures. These laws are designed to make it illegal to do what groups like Mercy for Animals do- show you where your steak, chicken and bacon REALLY come from.
In Kentucky, animal agriculture was responsible for tacking on an ag-gag amendment to a bill setting euthanasia standards for animal shelters.
And Idaho’s recently passed law is being challenged in the courts as interfering with our freedom of speech.
And there are other dirty little tricks they play. Animal agriculture tries to charge more for pork and poultry labeled as “hormone free,” when ALL chicken and pork are hormone free. The USDA prohibits the use of hormones in chickens and pigs. And then there’s the meat labeled “all natural,” which means nothing, as there are no set industry standards for such labelling.
Add it all together, and it’s easy to see that eating meat supports an industry that isn’t the least bit interested in serving the needs of its customer.
No, all it’s interested in doing is making a buck at the expense of animals.
Ag-gag Laws Are Bad For Markets in Forbes magazine
The Ag Gag Laws: Hiding Factory Farm Abuses From Public Scrutiny in The Atlantic