There is a lively and emotional debate on this Yahoo! forum concerning the under-cover investigation carried out over the past month by the Humane Society at Virginia-based pork production factory Smithfield Foods.
At issue is not just the use of gestation cages, which immobilize the breeding sow for life, but other unhealthy practices in the meat-production industry, such as the use of steroids, antibiotics and growth hormones.
I wonder how long it will be before our societies move towards anti-smoking style regulation of the industry, especially as it influences the minds of our kids.
For years, meat producers have been anthropomorphizing and soft-pedalling their products to cozy up to children in the hopes of creating meat-eaters for life.
Whether you love meat or don’t, most of us can agree that competitive business practices have jeopardized our long-term health. As a society we are as far removed from the raising, killing and butchering process as it’s possible to get. Out of sight, out of mind. Our meat appears as sanitized slabs on white styrofoam covered in cellophane.
Pitying the animals is fine. Having a strongly held position and acting on it is even better.
But with so much that is undisclosed and unobserved, we are the pigs to the slaughter these days.
I think rigorous regulation of the advertising, especially to children, is a necessary step.
What do you think?