It seems that none of you have any farm experience. If you mistreat your animals then you will not get the most, eggs, meat, milk, wool, etc. from them. When the hen is under stress she will not lay eggs and the rancher loses money and goes out of business. In the case of the chickens the cage prevents the hen from harming herself by restricting movement. What appears to the uneducated as being too small and inhuman is actually beneficial to both hen and rancher
Thanks, Ronald, for a good example of government run amok. I guess forcing egg companies to kill 24 million hens is the new definition of humane treatment of animals. I wonder how many people who applaud such regulations are raising their own chickens.
Our prophets have long taught us the importance of kindness to animals. Humane treatment of animals is an important LDS principle (see “Stewards of Our Bodies, the Earth, and Its Creatures” at https://discoveringthewordofwisdom.com/book/chapter-8/. Laws are needed to protect the innocent and vulnerable, which includes animals. I support wise legislature that helps curb the abuse of people who are motivated to harm animals for the sake of profit or in order to compete with those who do. This is no threat to the Constitution.
We don't want people to be inhumane to animals. But laws need to be reasonable and not to put companies out of business. Large changes should be enacted in smaller increments. One or two outlandish laws can have enormous effects on the entire economy.
I live in partially in the US and partially in Germany. I applaud the regulations for treating animals humanely. God made us keepers of this earth and its creatures; it is time for us to start acting like true Christians in all ways and with all of His creatures. Our freedom comes from obeying His Word first and not the law of profit.
Yes federal regulation should not control our animal raising techniques, however its pretty obvious on our own how out of control we have become in stewardship of the creatures that God has given us. D&C 58: 20 clearly states our responsibility and warns against excess and extortion, or as I put it force. For our own convenience and gluttony we force these animals to live in unnatural environments, instead of out foraging pastures. If we will adhere more closely to the counsel given time again throughout history about our stewardship of God's creatures, then such regulations would be unnecessary and hence not trap us economically or politically. God also makes clear we must obey, or be compelled to obey, if our health problems aren't enough to make this point clear then perhaps this legislation will.
I live in the EU and approve regulations for treating animals used for producing food well. Whenever profit is involved, sadly, profit rules, no matter who or what may be damaged in the process. This has proven true all to many times in the food industry. What does that have to do with freedom? "I'm allowed to make animals raised for food suffer from birth to slaughter, therefore I'm free"?
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