15 March 2007

Call to ban tight animal cages

In a New York Times op-ed, Nicolette Niman, a cattle rancher and lawyer, is calling for the elimination of so-called gestation crates -- cages in which pregnant farm animals, such as sows, are confined in such cramped quarters that they can't even turn around. Niman's description of the treatment of factory-farmed pigs makes for some harrowing reading.

It makes you wonder what it would take for people to stop this sort of behaviour. There are several clear ahadith in Islam instructing us to treat animals humanely. There has to be something in the Bible on that score too. Am I wrong?

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