Lowering costs to increase profits means:
- more animals packed and confined in less space;
- more antibiotic use due to increased illness and injury from the stresses of close confinement and over-crowding of animals;
- cruel, unnecessary procedures such as beak and teeth cutting and tail docking — performed to reduce injuries caused if confined animals take out their frustrations on each other; and
- no provision of pain relief for these procedures, or others routinely carried out such as castration.
Some of the Codes of Practice have over the past decade been updated as ‘Standards and Guidelines’, but continue to permit cruel and outdated practices.
Put simply, these Codes of Practice and recently released ‘Standards’ are frameworks for legalised animal cruelty.
Codes of Practice also cover animals used in rodeos, circuses, theme parks or those hunted for ‘sport’ — allowing them to be treated in a way that would be illegal if those responsible were accountable to actual animal cruelty laws.
Where to from here?
For decades, animal protection groups have sought to change these outdated laws and practices only to come up against an invisible, impenetrable barrier… an inherited belief system — enshrined in law — that deems animals raised for food less worthy of kindness and protection.
As demand for animal products has grown, farms have become factories and our laws have forgotten that there are living, feeling beings inside them.
We may have inherited these systems, but we don’t have to keep them. We can be the generation that ends factory farming, that draws a line in the sand and declares that all animals deserve kindness and a life worth living.
As author and sustainable food advocate Anna Lappe once wrote, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want”. Every time you choose a plant-based meal over an animal-based one you’re helping to reduce the demand that has led to animals being treated so cruelly. You’re casting a vote for a kinder world for all.