Crops are also a cruel industry. Wild boars can't resist young and fresh corn, barley, wheat and sorghum. A pack of pig dogs holding a wild boar is not a pleasent sight - even to the hardened person. Abbatoir workers and farmers are not generally malicious in their work and business. Yes there are some practices that need banning (feed lots). You vegetarians can chew on your egg and lettuce sandwich and take a high and moral stance with self-righteous indignation, but feeding a nation of people is bound to impact on other species in some way or other.
Bye the way, did you know that millions of mice will be poisoned this year so you can enjoy your cereal, bread, etc. And how many koala and other wild life and the gene pools that coulod have followed lost their habitat so you could enjoy your lettuce sandwich? Ever see a koala come down with a tree and run over by land clearers? Of course, cattle can graze along side gum trees but you have to remove all other competing habitat for a lettuce farm.
Eggs. Organic eggs. Sounds nice. When the chicken sexers are done sorting the day-old chickens the males have no further use. So the males are often put on a hessian bag and placed in a tub to drown. Thousands of them at a time. None of this is out of malice or a desire to be cruel. It is just a fact of life that sometimes feeding a nation is more important than the impact on other animals and the sensibilities if ignorant middle-class city dwellers. . Or perhaps we could become ethical and not bait the mice and let the pigs destroy the grain crops and thus let humans taste a bit of starvation. See how good it would feel to be "ethical" then.
Bye the way, I am for less cruel and better farming practices. But be realistic.
Edited by iRonnie, 21 October 2011 - 04:36 PM.