factory farming contributes to the economic welfare of a country

  1. using economic arguments to justify topics that are ethically unacceptable is immoral
  2. if also the harmful (environmental) effects are included, the economic contribution is zero

factory farmers are dependent on this form of farming for their income

using economic arguments to justify topics that are ethically unacceptable is immoral. No farmer depends for his or her income on ethically unacceptable work of which the greater part is exported.

farmers are forced to cooperate in the factory farming industry to earn an income

farmers have a free will. If they also have a conscience, then they will choose for a decent farming method. No one in the western hemisphere needs to be hungry

the law doesn't say that factory farming is illegal, so it is allowed

step by step the factory farming industry crossed the line of the morally acceptable. It will take years to counteract this immoral form of farming in a legal way.

if you live in the countryside, then you will have to take the pollution of factory farming for granted

in the countryside no one has the right to take away the freedom of another being (human or animal). Clean air, land and water is a right for all and an obligation for people living in the countryside.

the government stimulated factory farming in the past and banks have given farmers large credits

that is correct. It makes the government and the banks responsible for softening financial blows and for the discontinuation and downsizing to zero of the factory farming industry

factory farmers have the right to freedom of working method, alongside the right to freedom

because factory farmers abuse the basic right of freedom for animals, their working method is illegal

animals in factory farming are treated well

that animals have enough to eat and drink does not mean their well-being is guaranteed, and by no means is it a guarantee for freedom of behavior

animals in factory farming are better off than people living in tiny apartments in high rises or working on the continuous line in a factory

people can choose for how long they want to live and work in these circumstances, animals cannot

animals in factory farming are better off than animals in organic or biologic-dynamic farms. There the chances for getting a disease because of being allowed to walk free on the soil are larger

  1. the fact that only a small amount of animals can be kept is true also for organic farming. If this happens in combination with a meadow that can carry the deposit of fertilizer, the chances for contracting a disease can be neglected
  2. the factory farming industry uses enormous amounts of antibiotics to prevent diseases
  3. disease is natural in a natural environment

in the bible is written that Man is lord and master over animals; that the animals are there for Man to use

if you believe, you should also notice that nowhere in the bible it is written that it should be allowed that animals are kept under these circumstances

in factory farming the well-being of animals is a priority

for as long as animals cannot express natural behavior, the well-being of animals is minimized

animals in factory farming are better off than in free nature

open the cage and most animal will walk away to freedom. It obviously chooses freedom over security of food

animals in factory farming industry show little lack of well-being

the right to, and the need for freedom is not lost by looking neutral or 'well kept'

This article is part of a series on falsities and demagogy

Some arguments used in debate on the topics in the title simply are invalid.

That goes for pro and contra.

We selected a few of the most rigid arguments from different situations and placed an appropriate counterargument.

Because a more clear and honest way of reasoning helps improve the circumstances animals live in.

Mail us if you encounter other or new (counter)-arguments.

Apart from the specific issues there are the types of arguments in general.

Fallacies are deliberately or accidentally used in a debate. So be aware of the principles and the integrity of an opponent. Click here for tips on how to react to animal-unfriendly behavior of others.

Non-valid arguments (deceptive arguments) for different groups:



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