June 22, 2010
Putting a Christian Focus on Factory Farming
Editors' Note:Congratulations to Alaina Doll who is a winner in the HSUS Faith Outreach 'Essay for Animals' contest. Alaina’s prize is free registration to the Taking Action for Animals conference, July 2010 in Washington, D.C. Her essay is reprinted below.
by Alaina Doll
God loves His creation; therefore, God loves His people and His animals; therefore, God does not wish to see the abuse of His people or His animals.
Yes, it really is that simple! Unfortunately, today people somehow find it ethical to artificially inseminate animals to make them reproduce at highly unnatural rates, inject them with chemicals and pesticides, genetically modify the way God made them, force them to live in completely inhumane conditions—then end their lives by slaughtering them in ways that would be considered illegal if done to any other animal.
What makes a cow’s life any less valuable than a dog’s? Why would someone eat a cow and not their dog? If the laws that protected pets were applied to farm animals, factory farming would be illegal in all 50 states.
Jeremy Bentham once said: “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, 'Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?'" It has been recorded that even after years of abuse, animals sent to slaughter literally cling to the legs of those about to slaughter them. Humans profit from the gentle nature of the 10 billion animals killed each year and use their power to unfair advantages.
In Jane Goodall’s book, Harvest for Hope, she states: “The industrial model of factory farming simply doesn’t find it efficient or profitable to consider animals as sentient beings. Instead they are treated as mere machines, turning feed into meat or milk or eggs. As though they have no more feelings or rights than a vending machine.”
It is clear in the Holy Bible that God intended for us to care for animals, but unfortunately, too many people still see them as nothing more than machines. As I begin to grow in my faith as a young adult, developing in a world full of different opinions, I must learn to see everything and everyone through God’s eyes. Jesus was the lamb of God; now, I will protect His lambs.
Alaina is a rising senior at East Aurora High School in East Aurora, New York. The multi-talented junior class president and member of the National Honor Society is also a pianist, soccer player and runner. Alaina grew up with a menagerie of animals, including chickens, goats, horses and cats. Currently her family shares their home with two dogs, Buddy and Kipper.
Alaina works at a local kennel, where she says she treats every dog as a member of the family. When asked what prompted her to enter the Essay for Animals contest, Alaina replied, "My inspiration for this contest was simply my care and outrage: care for the animals of God's planet yet outrage for the fact that the truth is so hidden from us all."