It’s not only dogs and cats that are victims of animal cruelty. Day after day, billions of animals are suffering horrific realities on factory farms despite the fact that most people are against animal abuse.
All over the world, it’s widely accepted that animals should be treated with kindness and compassion.
However, most people are unaware of the suffering that takes place inside factory farms. The food industry works hard to keep these animals’ stories a secret.
Cows and bulls raised for meat are socially complex animals who develop friendships and experience pain, fear and anxiety when beaten or separated from their herd. Painful mutilations are common in the industry.
Farmers cut off or burn their horns and castrate male calves. All of this cruelty occurs before they even reach the slaughterhouse.
Pigs are considered to be smarter than dogs! Yet factory farms confine them in cramped warehouses where they will never see the sunlight or breath fresh air.
Perhaps those who suffer the most are the females. They are forcibly impregnated throughout their lives and give birth inside a tiny metal crate, so small they can’t even turn around and are unable to nurture their piglets.
They suffer both physically and mentally.
Chickens are the most abused land animals on the planet. More chickens are raised and killed for food than all pigs, cows, and lambs combined.
Chickens spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. They are bred to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs cannot keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common.
Those who survive this miserable existence will typically be slaughtered at just 42 days old.
Like other farmed animals, lambs are raised in filthy factory farms, subjected to cruel mutilations, and horrifically slaughtered. Lambs are usually “tail docked” just a few weeks after birth.
Farmers claim this is to reduce the buildup of fecal matter around the animals’ backsides. But this cruel and painful mutilation is performed without anesthetics and often leads to infection, chronic pain, and rectal prolapse.
Mother sheep are deeply caring and form strong bonds with their babies. Sadly, this bond is broken at factory farms where lambs are ripped away from their mothers just a few days after birth.
Like chickens, rabbits are not protected under the USDA Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which means they have zero legal protections during the slaughter process.
Rabbits are often struck in the face with blunt objects in an attempt to knock them unconscious. However, this method is not successful for many of the rabbits, who struggle and squirm as workers snap their back legs — breaking their bones in order to more easily hang the rabbits upside down — then slice open their throats.
Nearly 300 million turkeys are slaughtered in the U.S. each year – with over 50 million killed just for Thanksgiving – typically at just 4-6 months of age. The final hours of their lives are full of unspeakable cruelty, with more than a million of them dying during crating and transport.
Nearly 1 million turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive every year in U.S. slaughterhouses, where fast-moving lines often fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into the scalding tank.
All of this cruelty, despite turkeys being sensitive and intelligent animals who form strong family bonds and even enjoy the company of human companions.
In Korea and China, dogs are considered farmed animals just like cows, pigs, chickens and other farmed animals are here in the United States. Many are taken from the streets, while others are farmed in deplorable conditions.
Often, dogs are crammed into tiny wire cages so small they can’t move. Others are kept in barren pens full of dogs with varying temperaments. In conditions such as these, dogs are afforded zero legal protections and suffer from extreme cruelty and abuse at the hands of workers.
Beyond the cruelty
The meat industry also has devastating effects on our planet and takes a toll on our health.
Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes severe environmental damage.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the world needs to shift away from a diet of animal products in order to combat the worst effects of climate change.
For example, the FAO reports livestock factory farming contributes to almost 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Factory farms also use an enormous amount of water. It’s used to grow crops for animals to eat, clean filthy factory farms, and give animals water to drink. Yet the industry has polluted more than 35,000 miles of waterways in the United States.
And I mean…The situation is not only catastrophic for the animals.
Factory farming has a huge impact on the environment.
A pig eats and metabolizes 4 times that of a human. Most of these feedstuffs are imported.
Animal fattening is the main reason the rainforest is cleared!
In Europe, too, feed production contributes to the reduction of biodiversity.
Whether methane gas, ammonia or faeces, the environmental pollution is enormous, groundwater and surface water are contaminated.
Up to 7 kilograms of animal feed and 15,300 liters of water are required to “produce” just 1 kilogram of beef.
Around 30 percent of the world’s water is used for the production of animal products, while over two billion people have no access to clean drinking water.
The number of those who cannot even meet their basic needs with clean water is 850 million people!
Water is not just an elementary part of life – it is a human right.
The global grain harvest is around 2.8 billion tons per year.
Worldwide, over 40 percent or around 800 million tons of the harvest of wheat, rye, oats and maize go straight to the feed troughs.
Although we don’t have a basic right to eat meat every day therefore 43,000 children in third world countries die of starvation.
Meat consumption is not a private matter because it is one of the greatest ecological problems on the planet.
We urgently need to change our eating habits, otherwise we will face a terrible end.
My best regards to all, Venus