I'm writing about cruelty to animals in factory farms, as well as the fact that these farms emit 18 percent of carbon dioxide greenhouse gases.
I believe that due to consumers' desires for cheaper dairy and meat prices, farmers reduce costs, resulting in harsh treatment of livestock.
Almost all chickens, etc. are factory farmed. They are crammed into cages where ammonia from waste burns their eyes, skin and lungs. And many hens die from suffocation and dehydration. Many of the hens that survive suffer broken bones as they are removed from cages post egg-laying age.
Piglets are prematurely weaned from their mothers, creating a desire to chew the tails of pigs nearby. USDA solution -- snip off the tails without anesthesia. Castration is also done this way. And cattle are crowded into pens, almost unable to move.
If the anti-cruelty laws for pets were applied to factory-farm animals, these practices would be illegal nationwide. Please write Congress and enlighten them. And the next time you're about to chomp down on some bacon, fried chicken, or steak and eggs, I hope you'll think of this letter and consider joining me in switching to to vegan.