What Does the Future Hold for Animals?

As part of Forbes.com “Headlines From the Future” column — a visualization of the year 2020 — author Peter Singer wrote Animal Advocates Surpass NRA in Political Influence.  He predicts “farm animals will enjoy more rights than ever before.” 

Sound good to you?  Read on, it gets better!

Singer is making the assumption as a result of the passage of California’s 2008 historic Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which allows farm animals more room to live and move.  The hope is that this will catapult public opinion to favor humane treatment of animals.  He predicts other states will follow suit and even extrapolates the idea that fast food chains will not use factory-farmed livestock because of concern over their image.

Another of Singer’s hypotheses is that slaughterhouses and factory farms will host live web cams — what a great idea! Currently, we can only rely on undercover investigations from organizations.  And actually seeing the horrors suffered by food animals is very limited.  Singer predicts those video exposes, along with global warming concerns, will cause many people to stop eating meat.

Of course, the critical centerpiece of Singer’s predictions is a shift in general attitudes by humans about the legal rights of animals.  Citing the 2009 European Union recognition that animals are not property but rather sentient beings deserving of rights, he goes on to foresee many court challenges, including the United States Supreme Court ending research on great apes.

Can you see it ten years from now? Do you think this is merely an unrealistic utopian vision?

If you do nothing — it will be.

But if you speak out this year — even in the most benign way — about animal welfare, you will be part of the solution.  You will be part of the seismic shift in public attitude necessary to advocate for all animals.

Flickr: The County Clerk

222 comments

Cynthia Mattera
Cynthia Mattera7 years ago

OMG,, this would be wondeful!! Farmes animals are so abused by the workers in themeat/dairy industry. Meat eaters should watch undercover footage at Factory farms & slaughterhouses to see how horribly these animals are treated.It's worse than you could ever imagine. Those videos made me stop eating meat, eggs and dairy almost 3 years ago!

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Eddie C.
Past Member 7 years ago

What a wonderful article. I am so happy that people are waking up to the sadness in our world. They are absolutely right, if more people are exposed to the realities of what they are participating in, they will most certainly choose to stop, or drastically reduce their participation, which of course will be infinitely better for their health.

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Nita Smith
Nita Smith7 years ago

As the Planet goes through its greatest transition, everything is coming up into the light of day, from child abusers to animal abusers. I hope and believe that as we go through the massive changes that we are experiencing in this age, that the welfare of animals will be at the top of the list. Awareness is key, so speak up everyone and let's stop this awful barbaric treatment of our innocent creatures, full stop.

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Claire A.
Claire Allen7 years ago

It's important to pass the info along when you see anything about animal cruelty as the more people that really know what's going on the greater the chance of change and another thing is that when you have an opportunity to watch a video on cruelty it's important to watch it as only then do you know the truth and can act on it.

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Helene Brigden
Helene B7 years ago

The other day I was at the flea market and I heard a dog barking with a little cry in his bark, about 10 people, including me, ran to the parking lot and see what was going on, ready to help in any ways, the dog was just crying because he didn't want to be left alone on the front seat of the truck, he was just a big, spoiled dog. But that goes to show you that a few years ago, the people would have been annoyed by the barking dog. The world is changing towards animal welfare and we and the new generations all over the world are slowly making a difference. I think we all feel the need for redemption for all the years of blindness and indifference. For most of us, our pets are the most important part of our lives because, without them, our lives would be a very dark and lonely place to be.

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Bernadette Gilbride

There are so many people that don't know and there are some that don't want to know what happens to animals

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Snakebusters A.
Snakebusters A.7 years ago

Yes, the future is (unfortunately) MORE factory farming of animals. Why? Profit, profit, profit.
Another critical driver is that the as the number of people increases, so too does the need for more food to be made with the finite land and water resources we have.
End result, more densely packed factory farming.
My own business deals with [URL=http://www.reptileshows.com.au]reptile shows in Victoria[/URL], and we educate people about food chains, factory farming and the like. Unfortunately, everyone must eat and so the message we give is largely unheeded. Also because it is Australian government policy to increase the population via paying people to breed and large scale importation of people, I must be careful not to speak to loudly against government policies of population growth or else I may be jailed.
All the best
Snakeman

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Dianne D.
Dianne D7 years ago

There are so many people that don't know what is happening to animals. Speaking out is the only way to educate them. Everyone I work with is educated, but a few of them never listen to the news, read a paper or magazine and have no idea what is going on beyond their little lives. They need to be woken up.

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Heather T7 years ago

So many people do not care for animals.

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Debbie W.
Past Member 7 years ago

Videos on animal cruetly (unless you get off on 'em) are hard to watch. Don't turn away, a picture's worth a thousand words ... and that's the point. Seeing is believing, we can move forward from there, OK?

Factory farming (for-profit, nothing more) is not the answer. There are many small-farm land owners who would love to contribute but are barely holding on ... let's find a way to help them live what they know and, in the process, help us out ... we need it.

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