I have been presented with a challenge.

It has long been my belief that economic forces nessecitate the production of anything for which there is a demand, be those products legal or not.

It is the consumer that should take responsibility for cars that fold up in collisions, vegetables that have no flavour, furniture that only lasts one year and computer games that rot your brain. If we keep buying them, factories will keep producing them.

Added to this, household budgets dictate that the cheapest version of any particular thing will sell well.

Now it has been pointed out to me that i am guilty of sponsoring the very worst example of these poor behaviours by purchasing and consuming foods that have been produced without regard for the welfare of the animals producing them or, the animals in them.

The challenge is to take personal responsibility for the unacceptable things done to animals on my behalf.

Can i become a vegetarian, probably yes, can i stop myself buying any mass produced animal products at all? Well that is a challenge indeed and it will require some skill and nutritional advice to do properly, but.

Somewhere, everywhere, there are beings living out unbearable lives in cramped cages, who need people like me to recognise our responsibility. Somehow, sometime soon the abuse of animals in the name of human comfort must be prohibited by criminal law and so brought towards an end.

In places where animal rights do not exist at all it is still possible to order the service of brains from the freshly opened skull of a still living monkey. If you do not agree with the above argument, will you at least admit the possibility that some product that you have consumed this year was obtained from, derived from or tested by actions just as barbaric.

The solution to any discomfort you may experience reading these harsh words is to establish the source of what you consume.

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