I enjoyed talking about uplifting things at the end of this week in class, such as a humane system of producing meat. I find it so interesting that on farms like the Polyface one in Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” each animal contributes to some aspect of another. For example, the bird’s feces helps to fertilize the grass for the cows to graze on. In turn, the cows are eating natural substances which is much better for them than the corn which is provided for them on most farms.

In fact, “if the 16 million acres now being used to grow corn to feed  cows in the US became a well managed pasture, it would remove 14 billion pounds of Carbon from the atmosphere each year. Equivalent to taking four million cars off of the road (p.198).”

In class today the question was brought up whether killing animals in a more humane way is more for the person’s conscious or if it is really about the animal. To be honest, I’m a little torn about this question. 

I’d like to believe that those who slaughter animals care about the animals. I know it effects me thinking about the mass production of beef and how it seems as though the workers are desensitized to the whole process. However, on smaller farms such as the one we read about for Friday’s class they kill the chickens in a “more humane way” because they care about the chickens. But in the end, both techniques are killing the animal.

On the smaller farm, while at first I thought the slaughterer’s cared more about the animal, I have come to the conclusion that as much as we deny it, we all are always thinking about ourselves first. Those who kill animals in a more humane way are simply preoccupied with how THEY feel. The animals cares and desires clearly come second.

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