the cruel reality of our food system – animal transports

We have spent the last week driving through the Midwest. Two things have stood out.  One, it's very dry. This region needs rain - badly.  Two, we have seen a disturbing number of animal transports. Cows on their way to either feedlots or slaughterhouses. Dozens of cows jammed into the back of a semi truck, two levels deep. Whether you buy your meat at Wholefoods or Fred Meyer's - just about every cow will make those two trips twice in its life - the slaughterhouse trip being the last one of its life.  I took the above picture somewhere between Kansas and Oklahoma. It is at least 105 degrees. The brown stuff running down the side of the cage is crap (literally) running down from the second level of this truck. All the cows in this truck are obviously scared for their lives, rightfully so. They're freaked out. Oftentimes they have to travel for 100s oor 1000s of miles in these conditions. It is terrible.  If you look at the picture, you can see a cow looking at me. That breaks my heart. This has been the hardest part of this trip. Seeing dozens of animal transports, every day. Looking them in the eye. I want to look away, but I can't.  I am not a vegetarian, but I know that at some point of my life I will be. I have to be.  I am strongly opposed to factory farming, and really the only way I can control the conditions the animals I eat is by killing them myself - and I know I am not brave enough for that.  I think most of us would be opposed to exposing any living being to these conditions. Most of us have too much compassion to let that be. Yet most of us, including me, choose to be ignorant. Every day.  I am sorry. 
We have spent the last week driving through the Midwest. Two things have stood out.  One, it’s very dry. This region needs rain – badly.  Two, we have seen a disturbing number of animal transports. Cows on their way to either feedlots or slaughterhouses. Dozens of cows jammed into the back of a semi truck, two levels deep. Whether you buy your meat at Wholefoods or Fred Meyer’s – just about every cow will make those two trips twice in its life – the slaughterhouse trip being the last one of its life.  I took the above picture somewhere between Kansas and Oklahoma. It is at least 105 degrees. The brown stuff running down the side of the cage is crap (literally) running down from the second level of this truck. All the cows in this truck are obviously scared for their lives, rightfully so. They’re freaked out. Oftentimes they have to travel for 100s oor 1000s of miles in these conditions. It is terrible.  If you look at the picture, you can see a cow looking at me. That breaks my heart. This has been the hardest part of this trip. Seeing dozens of animal transports, every day. Looking them in the eye. I want to look away, but I can’t.  I am not a vegetarian, but I know that at some point of my life I will be. I have to be.  I am strongly opposed to factory farming, and really the only way I can control the conditions the animals I eat is by killing them myself – and I know I am not brave enough for that.  I think most of us would be opposed to exposing any living being to these conditions. Most of us have too much compassion to let that be. Yet most of us, including me, choose to be ignorant. Every day.  I am sorry.