If you thought the “happy meal” Good Magazine cover was disturbing, wait until you see this Toronto Life magazine article (WARNING: corpses suspended in the background of the photo leading this article). 2008 appears to be the year that happy meat reaches its zenith.
If this doesn't bother you (and, please, really?), just try reading the article while replacing descriptions of other animals with human beings. This is where welfare or humane reforms are taking us. The author of this article has written a number of “foodie” articles for the magazine, on butter, meat, dairy, what have you, even while recognizing that animals are not mere steaks on legs. As long as the mindset continues that nonhuman animals are ours to do as we please, we will only be pushing further and further into this territory.
It's so important that our work focus on the rights of animals to not be treated as property. Recognizing them as more than things but still keeping them property results in them continuing to be used for our own purposes. They are brought into the world by humans almost like some sort of cruel joke. Because, as soon as the time is economically most beneficial, each of these beings is snuffed out and turned into a product. Regardless of how well they are treated in the interim, there is nothing happy or humane about that.