Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cruelty Is Unappetizing Consumers Can Combat the Worst of Agribusiness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cruelty Is Unappetizing Consumers Can Combat the Worst of Agribusiness

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Humans are far more sensitive to animal cruelty when it involves their pets than creatures they eat.

Stomach-churning examples of animal abuse in agribusiness have been exposed by Compassion in World Farming and other activist groups. They include slaughtering chickens by dangling them upside down on conveyor belts, scalding some alive, and genetically modified chickens with breasts so large that they can hardly stand. Egg-producing chickens are locked in cages so small they can't spread their wings.

Agribusiness is coming under increasing scrutiny and pressure to curtail the worst instances of animal abuse, produce healthier products and treat employees fairly.

Some of these abuses also pose health risks to humans. Overusing antibiotics, for example, can lead to germs developing resistance to the drugs, making diseases more difficult to treat. …

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