Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hayom chamisha v'arbaim yom, shehaym shisha shavuot u'shelosha yamim baomer

Animals in factory farms can't enjoy any of the things that are natural and important to them. Locked inside gigantic, crowded sheds, they never get to feel the grass beneath their feet or the warmth of the sun on their backs. They are denied comfortable living conditions, mental stimulation, and adequate veterinary care. Some, like calves raised for veal, don't even receive nourishing food, as their diets leave them anemic. Chickens can't dustbathe, and pigs can't lie on straw. In the words of Peter Singer, "[A]nimals of different capacities have different requirements. Common to all is a need for physical comfort." That need is not met.

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