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of bondage has been replaced by the leading strings of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.
Automation has brought about an increase in production and higher profits.
Meanwhile factory farming in the western hemisphere is no longer restricted by small-scale production: the farmer is given the opportunity to keep a great number of animals. He often lives away from the farm, in order not to be constantly reminded by the smell and ugliness of the stables and the way he earns his money. Laborers are scarce in demand and the banks and fodder industry cooperate in financing and building big stables. This way it is much easier and cheaper to supply fodder and collect products and animals. The only thing for the farmer to organize is a location to dump the manure, which is injected into the ground as soon as possible.
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.
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.
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: