Most of us living in developed countries are several generations removed from the farm and haven’t a clue about how animals are raised and processed for food. For the operators of factory farms, the less the consumer knows about what’s happening before the meat hits the plate, the better.
In the book, The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason, the authors describe in detail the suffering of chicken and pigs on factory farms. It’s a tough read that turns the stomach. I could only skim through certain sections, but the message is clear. If you’re going to eat meat, chosing organic and pasture-raised options is the only ethical choice.