|To the editor:
Thanks to Mark Adams for bringing to light the devastating impact that factory farms pose to our environment ("The CAFO bill - legislation gone awry," April 16). Not only is modern-day animal agriculture a leading cause of air and water pollution, its profit-first mentality has surpassed any concern for animal welfare.
The most intensely confined animals, egg-laying chickens, are overcrowded in tiny, wire cages so small they can't even spread their wings. Chickens raised for meat are packed into massive warehouses where they'll never go outside or breathe fresh air. And mother pigs are forced to live in crates too small for them to turn around or even move side to side a few inches.
Whether to take a stand for the environment or against animal abuse, there's never been a more important time to support the efforts of those who are actively opposing factory farms, while at the same time leaving products from these animal warehouses off our plates.
Josh Balk, Outreach Coordinator Factory Farming Campaign
Humane Society of the United States
Washington, DC 20037