They believe that we should go back to the kind of farming that existed before farmers were told to "go big or get out." A time of more smaller farms, each with fewer animals.
Of course, those animals were still killed for their flesh or because they had outlived their profitability. But how were they treated before they were sent to the slaughterhouse? Did they live idyllic lives?
A recent trip through a "farm museum" in northern Illinois showed me just how well the animals were treated. The relics on the walls could easily have been hanging in the Tower of London. Just in time for Halloween, take a look at these torture devices.
|Top of "cattle horn trimmer"|
|"Cattle horn trimmer"|
|"Hand carved shaft used to hang hog carcass for butchering"|
|"Hog mouth holder"|
|Milking machine used from 1944-1959|
|"Nose clamp to lead bull"|
|"Cow chain [to] prevent kicking"|