Vegan vs. Factory Farm Industry Smackdown



Emily Meredith, a meat industry flack, tries to put a positive spin on factory farming (note to Meredith and industry: if you want to get your spin out there, don’t hide it behind a registration requirement), via a field trip to a sow breeding facility. Robert Grillo of Free From Harm, is having none of it.

Here’s the setup to the takedown that follows:

As I was browsing the meat industry news site,, I came across an article called “My Week on a “Fact”ory Farm: Part I” by Emily Meredith who is the communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance and who also writes a column called “Activist Watch” on the same site. Meredith defends the practices of the industrial pig farms she recently visited in her attempt to bring out the facts and debunk what she sees as distortions from the activist community. In the following article, I responded to various excerpts of Meredith’s original post.

Here’s a sample of the cutting that is done:

Meredith: “No matter the industry practices I observed that first day—from tail docking to castration to artificial insemination—that theme of respect carried through.”

What a disturbing oxymoron. How is it possible to “respect” someone that you are dismembering, amputating, impregnating and ultimately breeding for the sole purpose of slaughtering them against their will?

There’s lots more where that came from. This is the kind of ultimate fighting that is worth supporting.

Another Beautiful Thanksgiving Story

And even more appropriate to Thanksgiving: the story of a turkey who evades the slaughter and is rewarded with a new life.

It’s a good reminder that even labels like “free-range” do not at all mean the animal you are intending to eat has been running around in a grassy field.

(Thanks to Emilia Huitron for sharing this story on my Facebook page).

Anyhow, the story above naturally brings me to this photo: