Factory Farming: Brutal, Unjust, and Unacceptable.

30 Sep
Pigs confined in metal and concrete pens

This Is How Pigs Live In A Factory Farm. Its Disgusting And Depressing. I Bet You Did Not Know That Pigs Are The Closest Animals To Humans That Get Killed For Food. Pigs Are Also The Smartest And Cleanest DOMESTICED Animals IN THE WORLD. They Have The Intelligence Of A Child, Think Of This Before You Eat Bacon and Other Pork Products. They Also Make GREAT Pets!!!

Factory farming is the new black in today’s ‘food world’. Long gone are the days when farmers raised and slaughtered your food. We as a society consume WAY TOO MUCH MEAT for those poor farmers to keep up with. So instead of taking a deep breath and a huge look around, we as a society decide to make things, well…worse. That’s worse for everyone, not just the animals who are forced to live in these horrible conditions. The fact that people eat with blinders on really makes me wonder. Do people truly NOT CARE where their food comes from? I am almost a vegan and I sure as heck care where my apples and grapes come from. Am I going to eat grapes from Brazil that have flown thousands of miles in probably not so awesome conditions, or will I take the ones from North Carolina? Obviously I will choose the latter. Eating fresh is usually more of a ‘green’ option  at the end of the day as you are keeping it local. Food should be fresh. I think if people actually paid more attention to where their food came from, then more people would be vegetarian. I am not on my soap box preaching or anything. I am just calling it like I see it. Would you want to consciously eat diseased meat? If not, then it is time you took a real good look at what your eating and what it was subjected to before it was killed for your plate. The story of factory farms is just gross and revolting. Imagine the worst treatment of animals ever, times it by 100, and there you have your common factory farm.

Since I am super sensitive to all issues animal and planet related these days, I am going to do a lot of cutting as pasting in this entry. I will give you the links at the bottom of the page. There are just somethings I can not bear to write about at this point in my life, and how these animals live their short and painful lives is one of them. I do not know when I became such a friggin’ sap, but this is me and this is how I roll. I love animals like most people love children, which is generally looked down upon by everyone except my vegetarian bff’s and my boyfriend. To me, domesticated animals and farm animals are all the same. The sad part is that farm animals tend to be a lot smarter then domesticated animals, yet they get slaughtered as if they are worthless. How can you eat a pig (who is WAY smarter then your dog) and yet spoil your dog? I used to do it before I made the connection. I can throw all the hoopla in your face I want, but at the end of the day like Black Sheep said…’The Choice Is Yours’.

Here is a run down on how the wonderful creatures in the factory farms actually live. I am not even touching on the pollution and usage of natural resources that running a factory farm entails. That’s a whole seperate disturbing post.

    Chickens:
  • The biggest losers in industrial farming. They loose by number as around 98% animals killed a year are birds.More than 95% of these birds have the misfortune to be born as a chicken. Turkey scores 4% due to Thanksgiving.
  • Egg machines: Around 95% of the eggs available come from egg factories, where the birds are held in battery cages -very small with slanted wire floors. Five to eight birds are crammed in 14 square inches cages. To prevent aggression (due to the stress) chicks are debeaked. To lift the production up the hens live in constant light.
  • Broiler Chickens: As male chicks are not useful for the broiler industry, and 50% of chicks hatched are males, they need to be disposed and killed at bird. Broiler chickens are selectively bred and genetically altered to produce bigger thighs and breasts, the parts in most demand. This breeding creates birds so heavy that their bones cannot support their weight. As they are bred to grown fast they reach market weight of 3 1/2 pounds in seven weeks. Broilers are raised in overcrowded broiler houses instead of cages to prevent the occurrence of bruised flesh which would make their meat undesirable. Their beaks and toes are cut off and the broiler houses are usually unlit to prevent fighting among the birds.
    Pigs:
  • Our closest relatives at the factory farm. Many never see the daylight, others are used as living breeding machines. Pigs are born and raised inside buildings that have automated water, feed and waste removal. Dust, dirt and toxic gases from the pigs’ waste create an unsanitary environment that encourages the onset of a number of diseases and illnesses, including pneumonia, cholera, dysentery and trichinosis.
  • Hog Farms: As piglets, they are taken away from their mothers when they are less than 1 month old; their tails are cut off, some of their teeth are cut off, and the males have their testicles ripped out of their scrotum’s (castration), all without any pain relief. They spend their entire lives in overcrowded pens on a tiny slab of filthy concrete. more than 170,000 pigs die in transport each year, and more than 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse. Many are still fully conscious when they are immersed in scalding water for hair removal.
  • Breeding Sows: Breeding sows spend their entire lives in tiny metal crates so they cannot turn around. Shortly after giving birth, they are once again forcibly impregnated. This cycle continues for years until their bodies finally gives up and they are sent to be killed.
    Cattle – Cows:

    The giant of the bunch, gentle, curious and clever.

  • Dairy Cows: As dairy cows only produce milk for about 10 months after giving birth, they are impregnated continuously to keep up the milk flow. Female calves are kept to replenish the herd and male calves are usually sent to veal crates where they live a miserable existence until their slaughter. When cows become unable to produce adequate amounts of milk they are sent to slaughter so money can be made from their flesh.
  • Veal Calves : Calves are kept in small wooden (to prefent iron intake) crates which prevent movement and inhibit muscle growth so their flesh will be tender. They are fed a iron deficient diet to keep their flesh pale and appealing to the consumer. Veal calves spend whole his life confined, alone and deprived of light for a large portion of their four-month lives.
  • Beef : Most beef cattle spend the last few months of their lives at feedlots, crowded by the thousands into dusty, manure-laden holding pens. The air is thick with harmful bacteria and particulate matter, and the animals are at a constant risk for respiratory disease.
  • Before they are hung up by their back legs and bleed to death, the cattle needs to be rendered unconscious. This ‘stunning’ is usually done by a mechanical blow to the head, but as the procedure is terribly imprecise, adequate stunning isn’t acquired a lot of times. As a result, conscious animals are often hung upside down, kicking and struggling, while a slaughterhouse worker makes another attempt to render them unconscious. Eventually, the animals will be “stuck” in the throat with a knife, and blood will gush from their bodies whether or not they are unconscious.
    Sheep:
  • Shortly after birth, lambs are subjected to two painful mutilations: castration and tail-docking. Some four million newborn lambs – about one in five of the total – die every year within a few days of birth, mostly from disease, exposure, or malnutrition. And about a million adult breeding animals (out of about 17.5 million) also die in the fields annually.
  • Current EU rules allow sheep to travel for 14 hours without a rest or water. They must have a rest period of one hour after a 14 hour journey, after which, they may be transported for a further 14 hours.
    Rabbits:
  • Although rabbits aren’t yet as common at the factory farm, there have been experiments in battery systems similar to does from hens. Young rabbits have a high death rate. The does (female rabbits) are as laying hens disposables. When a doe can’t have seven litters a year anymore, she is slaughtered.

So this is how it goes in the life of your food. This is what you are eating. This is how living creatures are forced to live. I am just trying to speak for those without a voice, but I think this entry speaks for itself.

Knowledge Leads To Compassion. Compassion Is Always Right.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/ All about factory farms.

http://www.suite101.com/content/the-intelligent-pig-a84448 Pigs are super smart.

http://www.gan.ca/animals/cows.en.html As are cows.

    Battery cages

    This Is How Your Chicken Lives Before You Eat It. Look How Dirty And Disgusting Those Small Little Cages Are.



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