(From Slaughter: In a Glass Abattoir, p. 235)
Like fresh air and sunshine, Joel believes transparency is a more powerful disinfectant than any regulation or technology. It is a compelling idea. Imagine if the walls of every slaughterhouse and animal factory were as transparent as Polyface’s–if not open to the air then at least made of glass. So much of what happens behind those walls–the cruelty, the carelessness, the filth–would simply have to stop.
Moral: It’s just another reason to buy meat and dairy products from your local farmer. A farmer who knows that customers could appear at anytime has extra incentive to keep the farm clean and humane.
Yes! This is one of my favorite ideas from Omnivore’s Dilemma, and if widely accepted would stop all that regulation silliness about banning cameras/video from animal operations.