Animals have rich and fulfilling emotional and social lives! They love and appreciate their lives in the same way you and I do. They play in the sun, scuffle in the dirt, run from danger and sacrifice themselves to protect their young. The emotional bonds between them have been scientifically verified and we know we can form bonds with them ourselves. We could bond with farm animals just like cats and dogs if we wanted.
We don't need animal products to survive and be healthy, strong and fit, so is it moral to take what we don't need when they suffer so greatly?
Is it right to deny them a full life for the sake of our tastes?
When an animal's body is seen as a unit of production, all aspects of their life are rated as worthy or unworthy relative to their financial merit. Food animals are not protected by law in the same way that companion animals are, and this has led to a myriad of commonplace farming practices which are grossly inhumane and horrifically cruel.
The human-animal relationship is inherently flawed. We love them, we make beautiful artisic images of them and then we exploit and abuse their bodies in a massive system of production that sees tens of millions of animals slaughtered in New Zealand each year simply to satisfy taste. We unnecessarily exploit animals for food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation. A great documentary on this is earthlings. If you really want to help animals the answer is simple and easy - go vegan!
At the Vegan Society we care about animals and we reckon you probably do too - otherwise you wouldn't be reading this website. We know that most people don't wish to harm animals and the reality of farm life is often hidden from view. People can be shocked when they find out the truth!
New Zealand farms are typical of farms across the workd. They usually operate as they are permitted within the bounds of the law. These are all legal farming pracices! There is not one single farming system that isn't damaging or inherently cruel. Even free range systems have major systemic problems that stem from viewing animals as economic units.
These are just a few common pracices you'll find in New Zealand farms. there are hundreds more examples of institutionalised torture but lets start with the worst...