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When Kindness Clucks: The Hidden Human Cost of Cruelty in Factory Farms and Labs


This was unexpected. Because, today, we’re going to cluck about something that’s no laughing matter: cruelty toward animals in factory farms and labs. And trust me, it’s not just the chickens coming home to roost here. We humans are also getting our feathers ruffled – and damaged – in unexpected ways.

Edited by David Stone

A Barnyard of Bad Vibes

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Imagine, if you will, a day at the office where your co-workers are constantly stressed, scared, and suffering. Not exactly the kind of environment that makes you want to jump out of bed and crow “cock-a-doodle-doo”, right?

Well, for workers in factory farms and labs, this is their daily grind.

A life of disappointment gets a happy surprise…

Research shows that witnessing or participating in violence, even towards animals, can have traumatic stress effects on humans. This is called Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD), and it’s as emotionally damaging as some forms of torture.

The Cruelty of the Lab Rat Race

The same goes for science labs, where cute fluffy bunnies aren’t hopping down trails but are often subjected to tests and treatments that would make even the toughest Hare-raising horror movie look like a bunny picnic.

It’s not just the bunnies that are feeling the heat, though.

Scientists and lab technicians who regularly perform these procedures are prone to what is known as Lab Animal Researcher Distress Syndrome (LARDS).

Symptoms include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. It’s like working a 9-5 job, but with added guilt and psychological distress.

Now that’s more than a tough pill to swallow!

The Chicken-or-Egg Dilemma

So, what comes first: the chicken or the egg? Or in this case, the cruelty or the human cost?

It’s a tricky one, folks. But here’s the cluck: When we treat animals poorly, we’re not just hurting them – we’re also hurting ourselves.

We’re not suggesting everyone go vegan or stop scientific research. But, we can push for more humane practices in these industries.

Because when kindness becomes the norm rather than the exception, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

So, let’s start laying the groundwork for a kinder, gentler world. One where chickens can peck around happily, bunnies can wiggle their noses without fear, and humans can clock out without a heavy heart.

Remember, a little kindness goes a long way – in both directions.

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