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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