Welfarism is Speciesist
Take a moment to understand how speciesist welfarism truly is.
All that welfarism (“make the cows happier before we kill them!”) does is make people feel better about consuming them. It does absolutely nothing to reduce demand, and demand is the problem.
Cage free eggs? Bullshit. Organic milk? Bullshit. None of this reduces demand. And, furthermore, they are typically lies. I wish I was making this up.
Demand is the problem. A soft room with Mozart playing while chickens are gassed to death is ridiculous and accomplishes nothing.
For every dollar and every minute spent making chickens “happier” during their torture, that is one dollar and one minute not spent educating people about how unbelievably easy it is to go vegan.
I’m sorry if this rant annoys you, but it really irritates me when good, sane, helpful, caring people get sucked into welfarist beliefs. Providing bigger, comfier cages is completely counter-productive. There is absolutely no evidence that it does anything to move us toward zero animal use.
Now – why is a welfarist attitude speciesist?
Because you would never, ever suggest to a human mother of four children that it’s okay for your company to enslave and beat her children simply because they’ll be on a nice plantation with lots of room to move around. You would never tell her that child abuse “isn’t going away any time soon, so we might as well make things as nice for the children as we can.”
If your suggestions are barbaric and nonsensical when inflicted on humans, they are barbaric and nonsensical when inflicted on any sentient being.