For my second paper, I want to explore the ethics behind the poultry industry, Tyson in particular. After watching Food Inc, I continued to wonder about the different issues surrounding the meat industry in America, larger than just animal mistreatment. I have grown up with Tyson. I remember coming home from school and immediately making myself some chicken nuggets. I never thought about where they came from or how the chickens were treated, just that I was eating delicious food. Finding ethical issues with Tyson was not a difficult task. I knew Tyson had a history in their past of cruelty to the animals they bred for slaughter. What I was able to further discover was their environmental impacts.
Some questions I am going to try and answer are:
- Why should the mistreatment of animals that are raised to be slaughtered matter to companies like Tyson? To the general public?
- How does mass production of animals for meat affect the environment?
- What are the short/long term affects on the environment if companies like Tyson do not stop the way they manufacture their meat?
One great source that I found through WorldCat:
McBride, C. “Oklahoma V. Tyson: Playing Chicken with Environmental Cleanup.”Ecology Law Quarterly. 38.2 (2011): 603-610. Print.
A second reference I found through Google Scholar:
Fraser, D., Mench, J., & Millman, S. (2001). Farm animals and their welfare in 2000. In D.J. Salem & A.N. Rowan (Eds.), The state of the animals 2001 (pp. 87-99). Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.