I’ve often argued that if people would only look at the way animals are treated in CAFOs, then factory farming would die. I’m convinced that by and large people are compassionate enough that they would refuse to contribute to the profits of such operations if they had seen with their own eyes what goes on in them. Sophie commented here recently that the photo of the caged pigs that we used in our presentation at Wild Goose should be put on packages of supermarket factory pork. The fact that such seeing pictures like that would cause people to not buy meat from factory-raised animals is the principal reason several Big Ag states have gone so far as to outlaw taking them.
I thought of this when I read this post yesterday by Dr. Alice Locicero on engagingpeace.com concerning the children from Central America who are fleeing to the United States these days.
…the media has stopped reporting on the large number of Americans who have offered to help these children, and who would open their homes and communities to them. And the President refused to go to the border. No official has visited the shelters where these children are being kept. Why?
My hunch is that because as soon as Americans see these children, there will be an outcry against sending them back. I know that Americans are capable and very willing to help children. Strangers are, have been, and will continue to be, kind.
The media and the government have to get out of the way of ordinary Americans, and let them help these desperate children.
This strikes me as correct. Maybe I’m a pollyanna, but I choose to believe that we are by and large compassionate and kindhearted people. If we put faces on these children–if we actually look at them–I choose to believe we’d choose to help and welcome them, rather than deport them.