Freedom for all

When we think about our independence and freedom in the United States, I wonder how many people think of the freedom of farmed animals. There are currently 1.6 billion animals in our nation’s 25,000 factory farms who often never see the light of day.

Cows, chickens, pigs and more are subjected to unnecessary breeding, overfeeding, abuse and slaughter every day. The majority of these animals are raised in environments unfit for any beings.

But releasing animals from cages, crates and the psychological torment of Big Ag is truly a step toward independence for all. When we stop treating animals as commodities, overall suffering in the world reduces, the Earth can heal, pandemic and antibiotic-resistance risks are reduced and human health will improve.

Luckily, there are options. Browse any grocery store or food co-op, and you’ll uncover a variety of delicious and nutritious plant-based burgers and more. They are showing up at cookouts across the country and are proving that this Fourth of July, there can be freedom for all.

Diego Horvath, Durango