Billions of innocent animals suffer on factory farms each year, unable to carry out even their most basic natural behaviors in crowded, cruel conditions.
WENONAH HAUTER: The COVID-19 pandemic has cracked open animal agriculture’s bucolic façade, revealing giant agribusinesses that control and exploit animals, farmers and workers, and threaten food safety. But the abuses occurring on factory farms and at slaughterhouses may just be the breaking point the food and farming movement needs for advocates to align and finally achieve true systemic change… This month, more than 250 diverse groups came together to support visionary, comprehensive federal legislation called the Farm System Reform Act (FSRA), which offers a roadmap for overhauling industrial animal agriculture.
The FSRA… would phase out the largest, most harmful and most polluting factory farms (also known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs), and would support farmers’ transitions to higher welfare methods of animal rearing, and sustainable agriculture. It would help break the vice-grip of a handful of multinational companies that currently wield tremendous power over every link in the food chain, controlling farmers’ livelihoods, animals’ treatment, and consumers’ safety and choice.
The Farm System Reform Act has won broad support from this diverse coalition of organizations — including advocates for workers’ rights, faith-based initiatives, animal welfare, environmental protection, sustainable agriculture and social justice — because we have reached a tipping point…. The scale of industrial animal agriculture and the suffering it causes is perhaps matched only by the fortitude and commitment of the countless advocates who work to combat factory farming every day… Billions of animals suffer on factory farms each year, unable to carry out even their most basic natural behaviors in crowded, cruel conditions. SOURCE…