People who only boycott factory or industrialized animal farming have to realize that factory farming is not the primary problem when it comes to abusing an animal’s well-being and welfare. Factory farming has risen secondarily from the widely-held belief that animals are resources we can freely use for ourselves without consequences. It is based on the idea that an animal’s feelings and freedoms are less important than our own wants. It is this attitude towards animals that is the primary problem, and it prevents many people from seeing the hypocrisy of boycotting factory farms on the rationale of abuse and slaughter, but then ignoring that hunting, local farms, or rearing your own animals are also abusive in their own ways and still slaughter the animals. People with this attitude merely fail to recognize subtle abuse because it is overshadowed by worse.
All practices that stem from this basal belief serve to undermine an animal’s well-being by taking their life away or using their bodies. Factory farming is only one of many manifestations of the belief that animals aren’t worth our respect and benevolent treatment.