Animals as Food

"Can you really ask for what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead body." ~ Plutarch

Books such as "Slaughterhouse", by Gail A. Eisnitz, have portrayed what animals used for food suffer right before death. Just as disturbing is the human inflicted suffering of their lives on factory farms. The Animal Welfare Act of 1970, which set standards for the confinement of animals, requiring that cages "provide sufficient space to allow each animal to make normal postural and social adjustments with adequate freedom of movement,"  exempts animals used for food.

A great resource on factory farming issues, including photos of animals living in cages so small that they can't even lie down with outstretched limbs or turn around is

I recommended Peter Singer's book "Animal Liberation"  for a  thorough description of what factory farming means to animals.  And "Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the call to Mercy" written by ex-presidential speechwriter (to George W. Bush) Matthew Scully, has an exceptionally good -- beautifully written but distressing -- chapter on pig farming. You'll find both books under  Recommended Reading. Click on any of the following links to get a brief description of what those animals go through on the way to dinner tables, and links to more information: