BROOKE MORALES (19)

UNITED STATES

'As our population grows and higher demands of consumption are to be met, the lives of billions of animals are industrialized. Through factory farming, animals turn into merchandise. Humane living conditions are traded for the maximization of profits. Labels such as “free-range” barely carry any solid legal standard. 

This issue is one of the most difficult to face and to discuss. Many of us and our loved ones support this industry. No one wants to be faced with the truth of how their animal products were made, especially when consuming them is so normalized. I forced myself to learn this truth by conducting my own research, and have since dedicated myself to pursuing a future career in animal law.

 

I believe the issue is not best resolved by shaming or scaring others into no longer consuming animal products. I believe it is better resolved on an industrial level and an environmental level. The issues of overpopulation and overconsumption must be addressed. A culture of awareness of how one's decisions impact the world around them must be promoted. More standards need to be set for the industry in terms of the way they operate and the transparency they provide to consumers. I continue to advocate for this change as an undergraduate student and animal rights activist.'