NEW YORK–A new study reveals billions of farmed animals were hypothetically saved from factory farms last year when millions of Americans throughout the country expressed their “utter disgust” and “shock” over common industry practices but continued eating animals. Although Americans agreed animals should not be treated in this manner and that they are subjected to such cruelty as a result of consumers buying them, they did not actually stop eating animals.
Animal rights organizations hailed the findings.
“We’re hypothetically making tremendous progress,” said Jared Bogenheim, Executive Director of the non-profit Abolish Animal Agriculture. “If these hypothetical trends continue, we could hypothetically eradicate the industry within 10 years. Breeding animals for food will hypothetically be thrown into the trash heap of American history.”
The majority of Americans acknowledged they’re aware of the study results.
“I saw a video of a factory farm employee hitting a pig over the head with a steel pipe,” said Deb Forten, as she ate a bacon and cheese omelette at IHOP. “It is totally unacceptable! Just horrible.”
“That is some messed up stuff they do to those animals,” said local resident Rudy Franklin. “How the heck can anyone do that?” he asked as he passed on a grilled Gardein sandwich and ordered a medium-rare steak.
“Our greatest fear is that the millions of people who feel bad actually start aligning their feelings with their actions,” admitted Jodi Fry, spokesperson for America’s Animal Agriculture Alliance. “Any significant change in consumer trends would force us to abandon current practices and probably shift to plant-based options to remain viable. We’re grateful most people continue to ignore their conscience,” she added.
Researchers expect Americans will continue to eat animals while expressing outrage over their mistreatment in the years ahead.