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Martha Stewart Speaks about Cruelty to Farm Animals

Martha Stewart made a video with Farm Sanctuary about the cruelty animals experience in factory farming conditions. She speaks about nine billion animals a year being subjected to cruelty in a way that some people might find shocking, considering the typical content of her shows, which is mainly about domestic situations such as decorating and cooking.

She did have a Vegan Show on recently, with one of the founders of Twitter, Biz Stone helping her make a meat-free dish in the kitchen on set. At one point something is mentioned about a snake that has 100,000 followers on Twitter. This information sounds sort of inconsequential until you consider the whole show is in a sense about an equitable view of the world that does not dominate nor consume animals.

So has Stewart gone vegan, eschewing all animal products in her diet and lifestyle? No, she still eats meat, but apparently it comes from her own farm or from small farmers, not from factory farms.

In April of 2011 she wrote on her blog, “As you may know, I have a penchant for backyard animal husbandry, the agricultural practice of breeding and raising livestock.  Since I have a farm, I believe in raising one’s food and being as humane as possible in the treatment of that food.  I also have a great appreciation of good food and prefer eating better tasting and better for you heritage breeds of livestock.” (Source: themarthablog.com)

Her perspective is sort of the middle ground in the politics of food production and animal rights. I find it commendable she worked with Farm Sanctuary to speak publicly about the massive numbers of animals in factory farms that are abused and live in horrible conditions, but am wondering why there isn’t a movement all the way to at least a vegetarian diet, because raising any animal for slaughter is cruel as well, even if they live in better conditions for the brief time before they wind up on dinner plates.

Cruelty to animals isn’t the only reason to eat less meat – over fifty percent of all human-related climate change emissions come from livestock agriculture.

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7:49AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

thank you

4:42AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Good for her.

2:18PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Great, thanks.

1:02AM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Very interesting, thanks

2:30AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Nema nista od price.Nesto treba konkretno poduzeti.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Factory farming is cruel but the idea that people world wide are going to give up meat is simply unrealistic. Free range is much better.

While many vegans/vegetarians want the entire planet to admit the "errors" of our way and go vegan it just is not going to happen.

One can go on about how terrible it is for any animal, fish, bird, clam to give up its life but the fact is we all feed on living organisms in one way or another.

GMO engineering of plants/seeds do not make for a safe world for vegans either-unless one is lucky enough to live off the land and grow everything organically and be far away from farms churning out GMO produce.

Many people are going to eat meat, period. Those whom have made the choice not to, fine. Until Mother Nature comes up with a better idea and has all life on earth suddenly survive eating rock and mineral pate we all live on death in some way or other, oral gratification on asparagus or quinoa that we also eat. Spiders eat insects and life goes on. Yes, humans have a choice but until the natural order of things change and we can all live on inorganic matter, I will eat meat, quinoa, lettuce (sorry I ripped you out of the ground), nuts and hopefully find organically raised sources for all of it that is if the GMO/agribusiness/factory farms do not swallow up the entire food chain.

9:17AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Good for her--for some reason, this surprises me.

5:00PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

YO MARTHA!

6:22AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

I never really liked Martha Stewart before. I just changed my mind. I am impressed she spoke out for the animals on factory farms. Thank you Martha.

4:30AM PST on Jan 31, 2012

thanks for sharing

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