Videos for Animal Undercover
Thank you, National Geographic, for shedding light on not only the horrors of factory farms but also the human right violations that are Ag Gag Laws. Consumers of these products--those who chose to eat pigs who only knew a life in a gestation crate or to drink milk from a cow who was repeatedly impregnated and had her calf torn from her--deserve to know where their money is going. And after seeing the truth, how could they continue to fund such barbaric practices. More needs to be done to inform people of these violations--to humans and farm animals--and thanks to National Geographic we are headed in the right direction.
@Kaitlyn Z I did not understand my daughter's move for her whole family, to vegan. Not fully anyway. I understood, congratulated her and was proud that I raised her away from circuses, zoos, and aware of PETA, GreenPeace etc....Not until I watched Nat Geos informative factual show last nite did I really get it! I have been crying on & off since last nite. It is hard to work today. I have no idea how to totally change my food intake but, I just couldn't eat pork, beef, milk, eggs, chicken etc UNLESS I am positive I know how the animal was raised and processed for food. Thank YOU Nat Geo!!!!! I had NO IDEA!
@LeAnn Knoles @Kaitlyn Z Good for you, LeAnn. Your compassion has been awakened, and now you can take action to live more in alignment with your instinct to not harm animals. I applaud your daughter's family for their enlightened choice to go vegan. The animal agriculture lobby is so powerful and so deceptive, it takes undercover investigations to expose what's really behind their products. Like you, most people have no idea where that neatly wrapped little piece of meat came from. As a society, we've become very disconnected, and don't even see a steak as flesh from the corpse of a murdered sentient being.
Keep this in mind, though, as you adjust to the changes you're making in your diet: While the animals raised and killed for food at Prather Ranch , or any "humane" operation, may lead "low stress" lives, they nonetheless go to slaughter, meeting a violent death. They do not willingly lay down their lives to satisfy the pleasures of humans' palates; their lives are taken from them forcibly. It's nice to see animals living a comfortable life, but killing them unnecessarily -- and for profit -- is unconscionable. I realize there are others who believe differently. For many of us, though, we believe it's wrong to harm others for our own pleasure or profit. Killing = Harm. As your daughter, and other vegans are proving, it's unnecessary to eat animals to survive and be healthy. We eat them out of habit, tradition, and because we've been trained to acquire a taste for them, i.e., "pleasure".
Animals are entitled to live their own natural lives --- and deaths. Animals raised for food, no matter how well they're treated, don't just die peacefully in their sleep at a ripe old age. They're killed long before the end of their natural life span. The slaughterhouse is a horrible place, filled with fear and pain. Anyone who eats any animal is a party to that killing. And even if the argument could be made that the animal died quickly and painlessly, who are we to end their lives prematurely, against their will? Even painless killing is still killing. There's simply no rational argument that could justify taking another's life just because we happen to like the taste of their flesh.
Good luck to you as you move forward. There are many web sites to help people learn about converting to a vegan lifestyle, with recipes, nutrition advice, product info, etc. It's easier now than ever before to adopt a plant-based diet, with so many new, delicious, and ever more widely-available products. I'm glad the Nat Geo piece had an impact on you... for the sake of all the world's inhabitants, I hope it had the same on many other people!
It's good to see that Nat Geo is featuring material that exposes the horrific reality of factory farming. If more people knew the anguish and suffering involved in processing animals to be eaten, they'd probably make more compassionate food choices --- like leaving animals off their plates entirely. Thank you, Nat Geo, for bringing this important issue out of the dark and into the light. And kudos to Mercy For Animals, and their courageous undercover investigators, for the excellent work they're doing.