Lady - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )
It's quite a long link so I'll do a brief synopsis;
Pros;- More meat produced for less resources used and less land and sold at a cheaper price. Plus the small independat farmer can get the backing of bigger corperations to keep them going.
Cons;- Animals have little space to move and live in. many are kept in unsanitary conditions. Disease spreads easier among the animals because they are all under the one roof and more waste is produced.
For me it's a hard one, although I don't like the thought of animals being treated badly we do need to feed the world and keep small farmers in business. I saw this topic on Opera a while ago and before hand I would have always said NO to factory farming but one farmer put forward some really good arguments. They showed his farm and although the animals were confinde they did have room to move and were clean and well taken care of. He said if all farms were to go free range then so many farmer would be forced out of business that it would be a struggle to then get all the meat produced.
I think there needs to be tighter regulations on the welfare of animals but I know this sounds really awful especially to all you vegetarians out there. In the end we are going to kill them and eat them.