I finally watched the PETA video, “Meet Your Meat”, a compilation of undercover footage taken from factory farms and slaughterhouses. Alec Baldwin does the narration. I went vegan after learning about the cruelty to animals in factory farms where the vast majority of the animals used for food in this country are bred, confined and killed. I’ve watched many movies and read countless books on the subject but until today I couldn’t bring myself to watch this short video. It is as graphic and sad and disturbing as I feared it would be. I’m glad I watched it, and I want to encourage you to do the same.
These factory “farms” and slaughterhouses are tucked away in rural areas for good reason. Visitors are not welcome at factory farms and slaughterhouses for good reason. The factory farming industry is banking on the fact that if we can’t see what is happening behind the windowless walls we’ll assume that nothing is happening. They know an awful lot about human nature. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. And the poor animals continue to suffer in the most horrific ways.
But I also know that it is in our human nature is to be kind to animals. Most people I know profess to love animals. We naturally turn away when we see animals being mistreated or in pain because it hurts our hearts. But refusing to see or acknowledge the truth about where our food comes from doesn’t make the cruelty any less horrific or real.
Please watch the video. It will only take twelve minutes of your time.
The link is here.