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.
Can factory farming be stopped?Lack of protest from the public allows the factory farming industry to flourish. Why are we afraid to draw the line? Perhaps one of the explanations is the romantic image of the farmer built up in our youth. Many of the older generation have played on a farm in their youth and retain an image of a farmer with very few animals which he all knew by name: the smell of drawn hay, helping the farmer to feed the animals. Who would dare to tie these hard working people down with more restrictions, who would deny them a good income.
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.
animal products) should be excluded from the international