Can’t we just improve the lives of animals?

There is no right way to do a wrong thing.

The animals raised on small local farms are still subject to the same fate as factory farmed animals.

They live better lives before they are slaughtered

It's just food

I can't do this

Most consumers of animal products declare that they care about the wellbeing of animals and even go so far as to agree that the way we raise and kill animals is cruel. This is partly why many people choose to pay extra for free-range eggs23 and organic animal products.24

The reality is, it doesn’t matter what privilege or treatment the animals receive,  if they are destined to be killed, exploited or abused in anyway then there is no ethical or humane way in which to treat these animals. The only humane method of slaughter is to not slaughter. The only happy chickens are the chickens that get to live a free life, truly free, not free-range.
It doesn’t matter how nice a life an animal has, the moment we exploit them for what is rightfully theirs and eventually take them to the slaughterhouse or to the yard to kill them, that is abuse. Animals don’t want bigger cages or larger barns, they don’t care whether or not they’re grass-fed, or organic. Those labels are there for us, the consumer, to ease our conscience.

All the animals want is to be free, truly free. Not free-range, not free to pasture 4 - 6 months of the year. Free to live their lives in their entirety, without fear of human inflicted pain, suffering or exploitation.

Even if we did somehow improve the standards of welfare for factory farmed animals, whatever kind of paradox that may be, that would still not justify continuing to consume animal products.
Content copy adapted from "30 Non-Vegan Excuses & How To Respond To Them" by Earthling Ed

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