|In the sixteenth
and seventeenth century western people used to travel
to Africa to enslave black people and take them away to
work on plantations in the "New World". Nowadays some
people in the Third World work voluntary for western entrepreneurs
while tempted not to grow crops for the local market but
to grow fodder for the western factory farming industry.
In countries with factory farms animals are exploited
as modern slaves, just as inhuman as the "old" human slaves
were treated and just as invisible.
||The majority of
the Westerners have pulled out of the developing areas,
however their investments have remained. Developing countries
can free themselves from the burden of debts when they
agree to produce for western countries. The former yoke
of bondage has been replaced by the leading strings of
our economic doctrine. The Third World still is under
the spell of our economic conviction: "produce fodder
and thou shall be rich soon and freedom will result".
The flipside is that the local economies have become disrupted
and the local population has little to eat or is forced
to destroy a new part of the rainforest in order to grow
some crops for themselves.
This way the Third World not only has sold out its raw materials but the local market has also become the place to sell off western overproduction. When they object to this unequal competition Western governments offer to take away limitations for the Western market, while subsidizing their own entrepreneurs by their own taxes.
has brought about an increase in production and higher
The whole world has become a global market for meat consumption; only legal restrictions to protect the environment sometimes limit the unbridled growth of factory farming. Nobody is confronted with the abuse that takes place in factory farming.
|Because of the
hidden production behind closed stable doors the public
is unaware of what is going on and is unlikely to protest.
In contrast to the modern way of farming and reminiscent
of the old way there are often little goats and swag-belly
pigs in the front yard of the factory farms.
Many of the changed circumstances have a positive component: a lot of hard intensive labor now belongs to the past. The negative side is that the gained energy is not put into positive goals, but directed to gaining more money. A small group of entrepreneurs profit directly. The public profits indirectly because of the low prices for meat. Greed, easy money and ostentation (another reason to keep exotic pets) make the animals in factory farms groan under the yoke of modern slavery. It is the animal that is paying a high price for the profits of modern farming. In exchange for good care, though limited and completely focused on fast growth without problems, the animals are left with nothing but boredom, awaiting slaughter. No action is undertaken that does not serve the purpose of making more money, leaving the animals in conditions of utter boredom and misery. As modern slaves animals have a right to freedom too. It is the same freedom that is misused by the factory farmer in order to build his empire.
Freedom used to violate animal freedom must be curbed, otherwise freedom will turn into the opposite direction. Revolution on the part of the animal is not to be expected; in turn we get scandals like harmful hormones, resistant germs, dioxin contamination, BSE and swine-plagues. It is everybody's task to defend the borders of freedom: government, consumers, meat producers, banks and the business world. In the old days one would call up for solidarity with the weaker party, but nowadays this would not help, because responsibility is spread over too many parties.
|It is easy to avoid responsibility and the animal is unable stand up and fight for its own rights. The consumer cries out "I don't have time to buy ecological meat" and states, together with the farmers, that "it is up to the government to make factory farming less attractive and make ecological farming more attractive". Because of this attitude the lives of farm animals are expected to improve only slowly.|
|People in our society, quite rightly, are unwillingly forced into moral norms and values Society is likely to function properly when it consists of individuals that behave in a responsible way when not being monitored all of the time. For example when consumers stop buying factory farm products, when animals from the wild are no longer hunted for pleasure only or when it is no longer practice that harmful components are mixed with fodder. The solution is to actually implement freedom in our society and our minds.||
This means that freedom:
This means also:
|Human action tends
to be motivated by economic interests. Improving conditions
for animals should therefore be positively linked to our
economic interest, whereby the goals and methods are directed
to enlarging the freedom for as many parties as possible.
Factory farming should be economically unattractive and ecological stock farming should be given a fair chance.
This way real freedom is implemented in the whole range of our society.