WARNING: What you are about to see regarding factory farming is extremely upsetting for most normal people. Not For Sensitive Viewers.
Activist page with petitions where you can vote against or donate towards the fight against sow crates and other cruelties.
Modern meat chickens (broilers) are genetically modified to grow extra large in a really short amount of time. This puts such stress on their organs and bones that they sometimes get leg deformities, further reducing their ability to move. They are so heavy they sit a lot, and this results in sores from their feces. To further compound the problem they are often so squashed together they couldn’t really run around and get exercise even if they were able to move.
Switching to free range chicken helps a little because even if the free range chicken breeds are the same ones above (intensively genetically engineered), they have a bit more exercise and a better quality of life. Ask your free range chicken supplier what breed – if it is a breed like Boschveld, Koekoek, Australorp or any of the other non GM breeds then this meat is a bit better as these chickens grow at a normal rate.
Pork farming is just as bad. Many farms use sow crates. This confines the sow (female pig) to a tiny pen that she can’t even move around in. She is confined in this cage for almost her whole life, solely to breed, like a machine.
The picture below is a particularly bad case
Beef farming is almost as bad. Look at the following picture
This picture is a typical feedlot and this is how most beef is produced. There are hundred of thousands of animals – this picture is just a small fraction! As you can see, there is absolutely no shelter from the sun or elements. All the animals are fed a maize-based feed which fattens them up as quickly as possible. This diet is not natural for the animals.
Even if animals are free range, they are usually mass slaughtered and many cows are terrified wrecks while they wait in line to die. There are videos of them being viciously poked in the eyes and even pushed along the ground with forklifts because they are so scared and wont cooperate.
Mass slaughter means that some animals aren’t stunned properly or their throats aren’t slit cleanly so they either lie in pain dying slowly or they get thrown in vats of boiling water while still alive.
Below are some videos of factory farming, Youtube is full of them. Seeing pictures is one thing, actually watching the videos and hearing the animals is more than most decent people can handle. Please go vegan or at least only buy free range, preferably from your local farmer who has a family to support.
South African Unethical Pig Farm
Meet Your Meat: PETA video
Can You Handle The Truth?
Many cows suffer greatly in the worldwide beef, dairy and veal industries. Here is some information on typical factory farming methods used around the world:
Cows can live to 25 years, but beef cows are generally killed at just one to three years of age.
While beef cows begin their lives grazing on pasture, most spend their final months standing in their own waste in a barren feedlot devoid of pasture or shelter.
On feedlots, beef cows often suffer from severe digestive disorders caused by the unnatural diet they are forced to consume.
Cows raised for meat are the only factory farmed animals still raised largely outdoors. However, this does not mean they have easy or pain-free lives. They are branded and castrated without painkillers, may have their horns removed without painkillers, and live outdoors amid all weather extremes.
Between the ages of six months and one year, beef cows are sent to live their last few months in feedlots with hundreds or even thousands of others. Without pasture and often without shelter, the cows must stand in their own waste, and sometimes mud and ice. To increase their weight, they are fed an unnatural grain diet that is very hard on their bodies, causing illness, pain and sometimes death.
Today’s dairy cows each produce about 100 pounds of milk per day—10 times more than cows living just a few decades ago. This is due to bovine growth hormones, unnatural diets and being bred selectively for massive milk production.
75% of downed animals are dairy cows.
About 9 million cows are being used for milk production in the United States at any given time.
read the rest of the article at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/farm-animal-cruelty/cows-factory-farms
Legal Protections for Farm Animals
While most Americans expect our laws to protect farm animals, the reality falls far short. Animals raised for food are among the least-protected class of animals in our nation. The U.S. has no federal laws protecting farm animals while they’re actually on the farms where they are raised.
Making Welfare-Conscious Choices
We believe that farm animal suffering can be reduced through expanded education about more humane farming methods, smart shopping, and reduced consumption of animal products. At every step of their lives, farm animals must be treated with compassion and protected from suffering.
The ASPCA and Farm Animals
Since 1866, the ASPCA has worked to stop cruelty to animals involved in the food production process. The industry has fallen into the hands of large corporations, and the issue of cruelty remains. The ASPCA continues its efforts to create distress-free lives for the many animals raised for food.
Pigs on Factory Farms
The U.S. raises some 100 million pigs for food each year, virtually all in factory farms. Industrial-scale pig farms are known for their intensive, inhospitable conditions. Pigs can live up to 15 years, but most of those raised on factory farms are slaughtered at just six months.
Birds on Factory Farms
Birds are by far the most abused type of animal in the United States. Roughly 8.5 billion chickens are killed for their meat every year, while another 300 million languish in tiny cages producing our country’s eggs. All birds are excluded from all federal animal protection laws.
Farm Animal Cruelty Glossary
Billions of farm animals nationwide suffer under inhumane conditions on factory farms, which are large, industrial operations that raise large numbers of animals for food. Read these terms to find out more about the cruel practices associated with factory farming.
Free Range chickens – this label can be misleading!
Crammed in: Chickens are huddled into a barn in a free-range farm
Look for “pastured” or “grass-fed” labels as sometimes an unethical farm can label their eggs as free range because there is an open door to go outside, but outside there is just a cement courtyard or something.
Animal cruelty charges for ex-agriculture MEC
August 14 2009 at 08:56pm – www.iol.co.za
If you are still reading this, you deserve a medal for bravery! Here are some pictures of free range farming to help you feel a bit better