When we eat animals that are being maltreated we are not eating healthy meat! We are eating meat that effectively died with stress and fear. How did you feel the last time you were hit, punched, didn’t have a drink for a day? Our society does not need to do this to animals, we should be upholding standards, not lowering them to the lowest common denominator.
At least if we are to eat animals we should all care about their welfare during their lifetime, no matter how short. By eating meat we support this kind of poor treatment to happen unless we make conscious choices to only support farms, farmers, logistic animal transporters and abattoirs that treat animals with respect.
Logo used from Eyes on Animals.