Factory farming on the present scale as we see today does not go back far.
What are the factors that have stimulated this development?
Several factors have contributed to the
development of the factory farming industry .
It may be clear that because of the large number of animals, which stay for a relatively short period, the farmer does not grow attached to them. He could not care less. The animals become products and their well being is minimized to the point where suffering is not quite visible to the outsider and without affecting the cost price.
The role of the Government is ambiguous. On the one
hand the export
of pork and poultry products raises the gross national
product, on the other hand it's up to the Government
to minimalize the damage to the environment.
Are fast food chains like McDonalds responsible for animal suffering?
Everyone who eats meat from the factory farming industry
is responsible for animal abuse in the factory farms.
The same applies for persons and supermarkets that sell
meat which comes from the factory farming industry.
The responsibility increases when they encourage people
to eat more meat by keeping the price down, extending
the sales points or targeting children in advertising.
farming be stopped?
generation has hardly ever been to a real farm. Their
idea of a farm is probably the model-farm visited on
a school trip. In primary school we learnt that our
little Holland could produce dairy products more efficiently
than in any other country.
It would also be a good idea for the Netherlands to relinquish their leading position in the export market and to concentrate on a more desirable and responsible branch of industry. By putting a stop to the export the factory farming industry will be less viable.
|The debts of the
farmers can be repaid by introducing a system of pigs
and poultry quotas: by not allowing new participants and
by gradually decreasing the quota.
With the present numbers of livestock it is impossible to guarantee the well being of the animals. Ideally the number of livestock should be reduced to a level corresponding to the national demand. In the short term it is inevitable that foreign producers will benefit from the shortfall in supply in the market. The Dutch have given the world a bad example and cannot complain if others follow suit. Instead of our present role as promoter of animal unfriendly products we should assume a new role as promoter of animal friendly products.
animal products) should be excluded from the international