“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty." 

- Albert Einstein

Factory Farming: What Have We Done?

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

A Discussion on the Hope for an Alternative Future, By Shaun Britton

Photo by Jenna Hamra

A Machine Mind: The Birth of Factory Farming.

The burgeoning Industrial Revolution brought the promise and eventual delivery of the concept of mass production. Similar to other industries at the latter part of the Industrial Age, machinery and automation gradually enabled animal farming operations to adopt a dramatic frequency and scale. Efficiency and demand overtook ethics and welfare, with animals viewed as commodities rather creatures.

As factory farming developed, so did technology. Technology for accommodating investigative insight with the use of hidden cameras, brought with it reports of cruelty and raised the question of animal rights.

The organisation Animal Equality has investigated over 700 factory farms and slaughterhouses in over 13 countries and concludes that hidden camera footage shows time and time again ‘that there is no such thing as humane factory farming.’

A Catalogue Of Cruelty: Inside The Modern Factory Farm.

Any inquiry into factory farms will show that acts of cruelty are plentiful, and they are commonplace.

According to the organisation Animal Aid, broiler chickens, selectively bred to quickly grow unnaturally large are at the behest of noisy, overcrowded sheds, where up to 40,000 birds may have only 670cm2 of space each. With issues such as legs burnt from excrement in the litter that releases ammonia, and deformities from rapid growth