I could site other examples of good and bad animal care and what makes it so but I think I have written enough to make my point. These ideas should be accepted on their own merit or not. Debate is not my goal. I would sum up though by coming back to what I consider to be the most important and indisputable point concerning good animal care. I come back to this point not just because it is the most significant, but also because it is blatantly ignored by all animal care groups.
Good animal care is directly related to the money spent on that care. The money spent on that care is directly related to the price of the end product. Anyone who espouses an improvement in animal care without also advocating an increase in the amount of money we should pay for food, is insincere at best, and really cares nothing for these animals.
They most likely have some hidden agenda, one that is dishonorable and so they mask it with this phony concern for the welfare of animals.
Good animal care is not just about pastures verses feedlots. There must first be an understanding of what these animals are and their limitations before any notion of care be put together. Their care should not be formulated around the agricultural industries that profit from them. And again, most importantly, their care should not be reduced to the most efficient manner of meat production.
It is this last matter that often leads to the most publicly ridiculed aspects of animal care. This is not about isolated incidents of animal sadism, for that is not poor animal care but merely a crime, probably the result of poor care of the person involved. The routine practice of removing a chicken’s beak, for example, arises from the need to produce chicken for the absolute lowest cost. If one truly wants this form of mutilation to end, then making secret recordings is not the answer. It is all too easy to say what price do we need to pay for chicken such that this practice is no longer necessary? And yet this is not done.