According to Plant Based News, the nonprofit think tank Sentience Institute in collaboration with Ipsos Group recently conducted a poll that questioned more than 1,000 U.S. adults to assess common attitudes toward factory farming and vegan food.
Of those questioned, 47 percent support a ban on slaughterhouses, while 49 percent agree with the statement, “I support a ban on the factory farming of animals.” Additionally, 33 percent support a ban on all farming involving animals, 70 percent “have some discomfort with the way animals are used in the food industry,” and 69 percent believe that “factory farming of animals is one of the most important social issues in the world today.”
While these results indicate a shift in the way Americans see farmed animals and factory farming, nearly three-quarters of those questioned said they usually bought “humane” animal products. This is troubling considering that 99 percent of all animal products come from factory farms and that there is truly no such thing as humane meat.
Despite this discrepancy, the poll highlights the growing disdain for factory farming as more people become aware of its inherent animal cruelty. It also supports the many studies that indicate a rise in veganism. Earlier this year, for instance, a study commissioned by the Plant Based Foods Association and The Good Food Institute revealed that the plant-based foods market topped $3.1 billion in sales. And the research firm Global Data reports that veganism in America has increased by 600 percent since 2014.
What’s more, the market research company Mintel recently found that the number of vegan products in Australia had increased by 92 percent since 2014, and Lux Research expects plant-based proteins to make up a third of the global protein market by 2054.
This is, of course, great news for the countless animals who suffer horribly at factory farms. Despite being just as smart and sensitive as the dogs and cats we love at home, animals raised and killed for food are subjected to unspeakable cruelties, from painful mutilations and restrictive confinement to violent handling and gruesome deaths.