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(CA) Factory farms cause pigs suffering, opponents deserve applause July 31, 2005 12:18 PM There's ample reason to be concerned about massive pig processors ('Residents hog wild over pig plant,' July 22, Mountain News). When water and air quality are threatened due to intensive animal confinement operations, local residents justifiably express their discontent. In addition to the effects factory farms and processors have on the environment and their neighbors, the cost to animal welfare is also enormous. Almost all pigs raised for meat are raised in restrictive, barren conditions that deny them the ability to engage in many of their natural behaviors. Similarly, the intensive confinement of breeding sows in gestation crates so small they can't turn around is a cause of great concern. Whether to protect local quality of life or to reduce animal suffering, residents who oppose factory farms and processors ought to be applauded. Paul Shapiro Manager, Factory Farming Campaign The Humane Society of the United States Washington, DC  [ send green star]
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