Fast Food and Animals
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I assume we are debating about whether the mistreatment of animals and generally the methods used in fast food production are unjustified,immoral and generally wrong.
I will start by admitting my personal thoughts about this matter. I almost whole heartedly agree the the mistreatment of animals is wrong,and that fast food industries are known for less than savory methods and practices. However,to continue this debate,I would like to explain that the people doing this aren't cold blooded sociopaths,they are just businessmen,and good ones at that.
Let me elaborate; The fast food business is incredibly large and popular,serving millions all over the world, for two basic reasons. Affordability and taste. Both of these things they achieve through the mistreatment of animals you just described.
*Affordability is achieved through cutting costs,while at the same time keeping a good image to the general public. These costs are cut from one of their biggest expenses,meat processing.Large numbers of animals are kept in small spaces and restrained to cut staff and space costs. Feed costs are cut by "picking up their scat from the cage, mixing it with grain and force feedings it to them" (I had never heard of that one,I will take your word for it that it's true...seems impractical..)
*Taste,besides the fatty oils and excess of salt,is achieved by feeding animals different hormones to get them to grow faster and bigger,so that you or anyone else can buy a large,tasty burger for 1.99.
So whatever our thoughts about this matter may be,fast food and all it represents is so ingrained in human society that trying other humane methods of raising animals (to be slaughtered) seem simply impractical for any real money making businesses.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and maybe suggest a realistic compromise that will satisfy both worlds.
http://foodrevolution.org... Please read it all its HORRIBLE. You would not want to go through that would you?
The US food and health administration is adamant that growth hormones fed to cows and other livestock are in minute amounts and are not harmful to human health. The FDA also stands by the fact that the meat is safe for consumption. I leave the legitimacy of their statements to your judgement. ( http://www.livestrong.com... ) Side effects have been attributed to them,however proof is as of yet mostly circumstantial.
These animals,regretfully,were bred only to be slaughtered and made into food. It's a heavy thought,isn't it? It's the heavy truth of the matter though. Not too many people care about how those animals will be treated. Also,these are methods that have been working since fast food was conceived,and unless the public outcry is more expensive than the changes in methods,not much is going to change.
The burgers may not be of the best quality,but when most people think cheap and tasty,they think fast food,and ignorant as it may be, its true at it's core. The same people that drink and smoke couldn't care less if their burger wasn't the healthiest meat available.
Again,I understand the cruelty exists,you've said so extensively twice,so I ask, is there a way to realistically fix this issue in a way that can be accepted by these companies,or will you and everyone end up uselessly whining and protesting at their keyboards?
I meant no offence obviously as this is simply a debate but you understand my meaning don't you?
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