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Annually, our food delivery system processes more than 4 billion animals through a chain of events fraught with cruelty. As consumers, we first meet the cattle, chickens, pigs, sheep, and dairy . products at our local supermarkets. The meat is wrapped in clear plastic. The eggs are attractively displayed. The butter comes in cubes. And the veal is already breaded for our quick consumption. The animals that suffered for our daily meals are anonymous creatures we'll never meet.

Our food delivery system is one of the most efficient in the world. The large corporate farms that produce most of our animal food products operate in much the same manner as automobile factories. The animals are often treated like machines that satisfy a basic human need.

Many animals are not treated as living creatures. Their comfort and basic needs are frequently ignored. The unspoken thought is--After all, we're going to eat them!