People who raise geese, ducks, rabbit, chicken or what ever for meat do not care for the animals any less than someone keeping for pets. Often the meat animals are better taken care of because they are being raised holistically to feed a family and know you aren't buying plastic wrapped Styrofoam held antibiotic loaded meat. (or in the case of ground beef, pink slurry loaded meat) Birds raised for meat are also never bred if they have deformities or other genetic issues, when you are talking about the small farm who raises for self use. Birds would be selected for growth, feed conversion and vigor. They will be fed a top diet taking in the needs of the animal to grow to its best potential. Then again anytime you are breeding any animals you should never breed deformed and or otherwise genetically weak animals together, the results are bad for the off spring and bad for the breed as a whole. To do so would be of a similar mindset as a puppy mill breeding for a buck, and not caring about the results. Often times you will find people raising meat flocks right along side other flocks of birds that serve another purpose be it eggs or income or property maintenance (mowing). Those who claim birds raised for meat arent loved and cared for are just uneducated to the practice of raising meat at home. (see above mentioned prepackaged store bought meats) This doesnt make either side more right than the other, but belittling one for not agreeing with your thoughts and or ways would be wrong. We are very happy to raise multiple meat animals and have our kids know where their food comes from, and no be raised so disconnected from their food sources. We garden also for the same reason, and we fish too. Its about choices, and knowing where our food comes from and is the freshest we can provide. Its OK to raise for meat Its OK to raise as pets Its OK to not agree Try and respect others rights to raise their food, and to raise animals as a source of income. After all if it weren't for people raising animals as a source of income (Metzers, Holderreads, Boondockers ect) pet owners wouldnt have their pets.