I'd rather raise a happy piggy, even treat it as a pet even though I know it'll be slaughtered eventually for food.
I've also been seeing more articles about how dairy cows are treated. I understand the need to repeatedly impregnate the cows, otherwise how else would we continuously get milk. But do we really need to rip away the baby from its mother and yank her udders until they bleed?
Let the baby drink its mothers milk, maybe substitute part of its diet with a formula so we're able to take the extra milk the mother produces.
(Then again, I have personally never raised livestock and perhaps my formula idea isn't possible)
I think the main issue is the crazy high demand. If we ate less meat and dairy products and ate smaller portions perhaps we'd be able to raise livestock in healthy and humane ways.
Perhaps we should be more open to meat or dairy alternatives. While meat substitues aren't always everyones cup of tea, I find dairy alternatives aren't too hard to come by. there's also different kinds of alternatives so if you don't like one, try another.
How do you feel about the amount of meat and dairy consumption?
What are some solutions (other than becoming vegan/vegetarian etc. But that is an option I suppose) ?