Cruelty towards animals has become an urgent issue for the entire humanity. Humans’ domination instead of cooperation with the world around is one of the crucial reasons that bring much harm to plants, animals, environment, and life on the Earth. There exist numerous organizations aimed at protecting the rights of nature and animals, in particular. However, while slaughtering for fun is unacceptable, religion justifies killing for food. As a result, the consumer nature of people and particularly meat consumption becomes a real problem. As it is obvious, the general cease of meat consumption by humans is something impossible. Moreover, it actually is the part of the world food chain. Hence, there are good reasons to pay attention to another problem. Owners and workers of slaughterhouses treat animals extremely cruelly before killing them. For example, they keep animals chained, caged, in unsanitary conditions and not fed. Therefore, if humans are the dominating and highly moral beings, it is important to change such a situation. This paper supports the idea that the laws against cruel animals’ treatment should be much stricter. Thus, it is necessary to ensure proper governmental control of living conditions, immune system and vaccination for the chained and caged farm animals in order to decrease the health risks the meat consumers may face and minimize the sufferings of animals, who are living beings even though raised specially for food.
Focusing on the United States, one should point out that this nation is number one world meat consumer. The reports show that in 2009, the average amount of meat consumption in the US was 265 pounds per person, which was 173 pounds more than the average world indicator. As a result, greater demand for meat products has become a strong push to meat production business development and considerable amount of animals’ slaughtering. The Human Society of the United States reports that the total number of the killed animals in 2013 was 9,1 billion. This number included 32,454 thousands of cattle, 8,648,756 chickens, 24,575 ducks, 112,126 hogs, 2,314 lambs and sheep, and 239,385 turkeys (HSUS). Hence, poultry is the most numerous group of the animals killed for food. The numbers differ throughout the states. For instance, in 2013, Nebraska consumed 8,7% of the slaughtered meat. At the same time, as the share of the cattle killed in Nebraska was the highest out of the states, Iowa was marked by pig slaughter. The feed sources and field grain areas on the territory are the key factors that predetermined such tendencies. However, the cruelty tendency extends and demands particular attention of the government. The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act is not only the step to reduce it, but also the evidence of the animals’ maltreatment growth.
Nevertheless, it is important to understand that slaughterhouse owners and workers initially raised killed animals for food. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that the number of the land animals yearly raised for food in the US reaches 9 billion. Raised at the special farms, such animals are not supposed to be protected for they stay the property of the farmers, who raise them for business. As a result, the US law fails to protect this group of animals from human cruelty. There are a number of loud cases dealing with the ethical issues of animals’ trust and treatment in everyday life or various private and national organizations, zoos, and reservations (USDA). The law also considers the torturing or overworking animals, fights, races, hoarding, unreasonable abandonment, or other cruel behaviors. While the authorities regularly review police dogs, chimpanzees, home pets and wildlife animals’ rights and welfare, the rights of animals grown for food often stay neglected (USDA). There exist two federal laws related to an animal living on the farms, namely 28-Hour Law and The Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (ASPCA). These laws cover some rights of the animals like having rest and food each 28 hours as well as quick slaughtering without pain. At the same time, there still exist the state laws that “exempt the farm animals” (ASPCA). Some states may include farm animals’ rights in some of the laws. However, such laws do not bring benefits to farm animals. The only effective and developing tendency throughout states is increasing banning of some cruel slaughtering and confinement practices (ASPCA).
The solution should rest on the legislation amendments. As it is obvious, the law does not protect the group of animals raised for business, especially for meat. Therefore, the strict law is the first step on the way to animals’ protection and getting closer to following the ethical values. The legislation in this sphere has to be strict enough to exclude the cases of human cruelty and make the business owners encouraged to avoid the law violations. It is obvious that the government should support careful and attentive work of the special inspection, which should focus primarily on the sphere of the farm animals’ treatment. Regular control and possible penalties should keep the slaughtering organizations from making animals suffer before their death. Slaughterhouse owners, workers, and other people should treat animals with empathy and protect them as they can hardly protect themselves in the human society of technologies. Even killing animals for food, which is a part of the entire lifecycle that supports life balance, should have some regulatory measures. Firstly, the number of the animals’ deaths caused by humans is much greater than it would be without any technologies. Secondly, billions of farm animals lack even the most basic protections. Animals are devoid of care, free access to food, or saunters. Instead, they are treated like things and condemned to death beforehand. The slaughtering organizations do not permit animals to see the light of day and mostly put them in small cages for all their life.