Letter to Editor 3 October 2019
4th October is World Animal Day and it is a time to pay heed to the suffering of animals. Many animals endured pain and suffering when abused, neglect or cruelly treated by humans. It can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific achievement, such as killing animals for food, for their fur or even their tusks and body parts and cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter.
Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting harm or suffering as an end in itself as in the case of animals killed for food daily. Factory farming causes billions of animals to suffer every year. The industrial nature of these facilities means that many routine procedures or animal husbandry practices impinge on the welfare of the animals and could arguably be considered as cruelty. Campaign groups have suggested that chickens, cows, pigs, and other farm animals are among the most numerous animals subjected to cruelty.
Worldwide meat over consumption is another factor that contributes to the miserable situation of farm animals. But they are not the only ones paying a heavy price. Animal agriculture accounts for a large percentage of the greenhouse gasses associated with climate disruption. Waste from factory farms also makes its way into the air and water supply, poisoning rural communities.Read more