After the incredible 2018 Melbourne March to Close All Slaughterhouses, which had approximately 1000 people colouring the city red, I began pondering what a world without slaughterhouses would look like.
Here’s what I envision:
Given animal agriculture is currently the leading cause of environmental damage, including air and water pollution, mass land clearance and habitat destruction, excessive water use, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and the largest global contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, I imagine a world without slaughterhouses would be one in which our planet and our future generations will have a greater chance of thriving.
Given that animal consumption is linked to major health concerns including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, I imagine a world without slaughterhouses will help reduce the risk of disease. It will also eliminate the consumption of contaminated meat that often happens as a result of animals being kept in highly unhygienic conditions that have little to no monitoring, resulting in health conditions that go overlooked in animals who end up our plates.
Given the inherent violence involved in killing an animal in a slaughterhouse, from the legalised farming husbandry practices of tail cutting and teeth clipping in piglets, forced yearly impregnation of dairy cows and removal of their baby calves, selective breeding of chickens so large that they develop deformities and disease before even making it to slaughter, and containment of mother pigs in metal crates so small that they can barely move, to the legalised slaughter practices of gas chambers designed to render pigs unconscious, maceration of male chicks in the egg industry, to the hanging of chickens in shackles upside down by their legs as they shift down a line towards a blade, I imagine a world without slaughterhouses would be one of greater compassion and empathy for other lifeforms, as well as our own. One where structures and tools designed to kill someone who does not wish to die no longer exists.
Given the continual exploitation of slaughterhouse workers and most being forced to endure constant exposure to graphic violence, potential trauma, and hazardous conditions, I imagine a world without slaughterhouse would mean increased human welfare.
Given that approximately 80% of all antibiotics in the US are currently given to animals raised for food, leading to concerning risks of mass antibiotic-resistance, I imagine a world without slaughterhouses would be one where we continue to be able to effectively prevent and treat infections and public health is not threatened to a devastating degree.
And, given that currently more than 70 billion animals are being bred to be killed for food yearly, I imagine a world without slaughterhouses would mean a world with significantly less suffering across countless lives.
It really is time for a world without slaughterhouses. Let’s start creating it.
What do you think such a world would look like?
To listen to speeches from the March, follow this link:
Speakers include MC Dr Ash (neuropsychologist, author, and animal activist), Patty Mark (Founder and Vice President of Animal Liberation Victoria), Ollie (Founding Member of Animal Liberation Youth Reboot), Mo Orr (Co Founder of Vegans in Toowoomba and Farm Animal Rescue Outreach Coordinator), and myself.