Putting animals in cages or pens so small they cannot move, is dreadfully wrong. Cramming living beings into tiny spaces, so that a farmer can save space, is an idea that manifested during war time, when imports were scarce. In those days, bending the rules was a compromise that was possibly a necessity. But today, in peaceful England, why is it that we are still pushing these emergency measures to even greater extremes?
There really is no need for this torturous treatment of animals, and although their destiny is to be eaten, like so many things in the wild, their life is something to be respected. Nothing wants to be eaten, the antelope caught by a lioness is no different, but what can we do to prevent further suffering? Buying organic, grass fed and welfare assured meat is one way to stand up and be counted. It sends a clear message to those in the driving seat that we want better for our animals.
Rowan Blair Colver