Regarding the Aug. 16 Point of View “ N.C. ignoring birds buried alive”: The writer, executive director of Compassion Over Killing, tells of hidden-camera evidence of sick and injured chickens being buried alive at a Harnett County factory farm. It is just one more case of the inexcusable cruelty that occurs regularly in America’s animal agribusinesses. But it is not only the meat and poultry industries that are engaging in these appalling practices.
I was a vegetarian for many years before I realized that animal cruelty in the egg and dairy industries is as bad, if not worse, than the meat and poultry industries. Newly hatched male chicks are unwanted byproducts of the egg industry. They are ground up alive by high-speed machines or suffocated in large plastic bags thrown into Dumpsters.
Consumer demand for meat, dairy and egg products is driving these egregious practices. We can reduce that demand by cutting down on animal products and moving toward a plant-based diet.
Barbara A. Page