I wrote my short essay on animal welfare, production science, and the ethics involved. Bernard E. Rolling has written several books about the topic of animal welfare for animals used for food. Although he makes some interesting claims, I do not agree with him. A point he makes in Rolling’s Theory of Animal Welfare and Its Ethical Implications I find very radical and unfair to state. He says “The emerging social ethics in the US has not been transferred from a concern about companion animals and animals used in research to farm animals in intensive production systems because the public has not become fully aware of these conditions and how they affect the animals subjected to them. (Hayes, 2008)”
The animal production industry is terrible at informing the public, so I feel it is detrimental that industries push their facts more and educate people. For example, dairy cows have been bred to produce eighty plus gallons of milk a day so that milk production will satisfy the demands of the American population. The population demands that we have a mass amount of milk and also save our land and keep methane production down.
I believe that the animal production industry is doing everything in their power to make sure the welfare of their animals is being cared for as well as researching deeper into progressive technology to make sure that production animals are healthy and happy. It is a benefit to both humans and animals if the animals are taken care of and that no harm is done to them. As more and more research is performed more and more management skills, medicines, and facilities will be able to increase the welfare of our livestock.