Sonia Faruqi’s career is almost like a roller coaster ride. Once a top-notch investment banker at Wall Street has now became an animal welfare investigator. Ivy League educated women volunteered to work at an organic dairy farm after she left her luxurious life in the city. But everything was not happy at the other side of the fence. Faruqi noticed how horrible treatment animals received at dairy farms in chained environment and habitats full of their own feces. ‘Organic’ products must be working well for humans but definitely not good for animals.
One question suddenly popped in the mind of young woman, if so-called sustainable and environment friendly organic farms treat animals like this then what situation must be at traditional farms? Driven by curiosity, Sonia researched about industrialized farming across the globe for four years. During this journey, she met farmers, slaughterhouse owners and even visited congested hen-houses. The horrible animal breeding practices made her heart melt. There were few farm houses which treated their animals with love and respect. Her research shows that how one percent of farm animals are being murdered in the United States at the hands of the owners. Kicking pigs, hitting sick cows to death is common practice.
The book concludes with what ordinary consumers can do for more just and fair treatment to animals. Confinement agriculture, where animals are forced fit into one place for whole life to lay eggs is the worst form of torture, according to Sonia. A pastoral farm is the ultimate solution to the issue.