Will Future Generations Wonder Why We Didn’t Stop Factory Farms?

We like to believe that in decades to come, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will look back at us with pride. We hope they will marvel at the things we accomplished during our time on Earth.Unfortunately, we won’t be proud of everything they’ll look back on.

We’re certainly not proud of how America once embraced the practice of slavery. It’s a period we now recall with shame, regret and sadness. We likewise don’t fondly remember the days when American women were oppressed and denied the same rights as men.

In much the same way, Farm Sanctuary, the country’s largest and best known farm animal rescue and protection organization, believes future generations will one day look back at how we treated animals in industrialized factory farms and wonder, with shock and dismay, why we allowed it.

Leading up to “World Day for Farmed Animals” on October 2nd, Farm Sanctuary has launched an educational and fundraising campaign called “What Did You Do?” After all, our grandchildren may very well ask each of us one day: When you discovered how badly farmed animals were treated, what did you do?

Unthinkable Pain and Suffering For 9 Billion Animals a Year

“From YouTube videos, to public education campaigns, to major network news coverage of the latest undercover investigations, we’ve reached a critical point in history where the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms is no longer a secret,” said Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, in the group’s press release for this campaign.

“It’s now up to us to decide what our response will be to an industry that inflicts unthinkable pain and suffering on 9 billion animals a year,” Baur added. “When future generations look back on this moment in time, they will wonder, ‘What Did You Do?’ when you learned about this animal cruelty.”

Bonnie-Jill Laflin. Photo courtesy of Farm Sanctuary

There’s plenty you can do, of course. This campaign pulls together a great deal of information geared toward helping people make a real difference, beginning today. Here are just a few simple ideas to get you started:

  • Go vegan (it’s easier today than it’s ever been)
  • Start with “Meatless Mondays,” go vegetarian and then transition to vegan
  • Write to Congress and your local newspapers about farm animal abuse
  • Share an educational farm animal video with your social media network
  • Volunteer your time at a veggie festival, animal sanctuary or farm animal non-profit group
  • Hand out informational flyers at colleges, concerts and other gatherings
  • Donate money

Celebrities Tell Us Their Own Answers to What Did You Do?

Farm Sanctuary’s “What Did You Do?” campaign has the support of a number of dedicated vegan celebrities, including Emily Deschanel, Kevin Nealon, Russell Simmons, Kristin Bauer, Fred Willard, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Mayim Bialik, Leona Lewis, Joan Jett and Shannon Elizabeth. Hear some of their stories here:

Is this a cause that’s close to your heart? It’s definitely close to mine. How will you respond in 20, 30 or 40 years when someone asks what you did after learning what goes on in factory farms? Will you be proud of your answer?

You can be.

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Jim Ven
Jim V3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Enoch C Gould
Enoch C. Gould4 years ago

Let me just put it this way: if you do not soon stop factory farming, the diseases which are brought to us specifically from this practice will damage and destroy many more lives than they already have. Yes, factory farming must stop right away!
Thanks for reading and considering, everyone!
God bless you all! Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Kate S.
Kate S5 years ago


Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan5 years ago

Eat less meat. Susan thank you for sharing.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/will-future-generations-wonder-why-we-didnt-stop-factory-farms.html#ixzz2iLHrfg3D

Margaret Scott
Margaret S5 years ago

I pray our children and their children's children will start to live in harmony with this planet and all the beautiful animals on it. It is time for people to put an end to the selfish attitude that it is ok to greedily take whatever they want and kill these beautiful creatures who have as much right to a good life as we do. I haven't eaten any kind of animal or fish for 48years and am better for it both in body and conscience. I can't understand how factory farms are allowed with the suffering they cause.

P M.
Bul M5 years ago

Everybody should see how brutally treated before slaughter. Maybe then we'll have less meat eaters Maybe we'll have a more humane method of killing animals for food.


Ana Lopes
Ana L5 years ago

No meat needed in human body. I stopped eating it for eleven years, now, and i am healthier every day.

Richard Fairfield

Protecting animals from inhumane treatment.
Please view the documentary EARTHLINGS to understand he need.
So I created a petition which says:

"As we move forward in the 21st century to feed and clothe the billions of humans who live on the planet, let us be mindful not to neglect the animals on whom we rely. Thus, be it resolved that regulations and oversight must be created to protect all animal life from inhumane treatment.
1) Slaughterhouses and “factory farms” - for the production and killing of animals for food - must be subject to regulations and oversight that will ensure a clean, germ-free, un-crowded environment for these animals, and a humane and pain-free death.
2) Scientific experiments with animals must be based on valid and justifiable reasons, and in no case should animals be subject to torture.
3) Abandoned pets must never be killed using gas chambers and those who wantonly abandon them will be subject to criminal prosecution.
4) All animals trained for the purpose of entertainment and those used in the production of products, such as clothing, must be treated humanely and with care. Any violation of such treatment must be punishable by fines and/or incarceration. Importation of animal products must be denied, if evidence of inhumane treatment can be demonstrated.
Finally, we as humans understand animals, like us, feel pain and should be subject to minimal pain by us as fellow creatures on this planet.”

Will you sign my petiti

Lynn C.
Past Member 5 years ago

What future generations?