Here a sow can take care of her piglets the natural way, outdoors, in the fresh air, and get some exercise, too!
The more we
learn about factory farming the more likely we are to change the way we
eat. And the disturbing health concerns and horrific farm animal cruelty
are turning some of us away from consuming meat and dairy products
Obviously, we all need food, but we also have choices when it comes to deciding what to eat, where it originates and how it is produced.
Let’s take a look at the stark facts that are influencing humans to embrace cruelty free alternatives.
CHICKEN FOR EGGS
Thousands of egg-laying hens crammed together suffer from disease and injury
- An estimated 250 million egg-laying
hens in the USA that supply 95% of the demand spend their life in battery
cages with slanted wire floors, 5-8 birds crammed into a 14
square inch space.
- On chicken farms hens suffer from
feather loss, abrasions and aggression towards
- To minimize hostile behavior, their
beaks, filled with nerves, are seared off with a hot blade
causing severe and chronic pain.
- To encourage egg productions, they are
subjected to constant light and sometimes starved to shock their
bodies into another cycle.
- After a two-year exploitation period,
the hen may either die from fatigue or be slaughtered.
- Male chicks are of little value. Around 260 million newborns are killed yearly... suffocated in trash bags,
gassed or ground up alive in a “macerator.”
CHICKEN FOR MEAT
- Almost all
broiler chickens have been genetically altered to produce bigger thighs
and breasts. The birds become so heavy they can
- Since a caged environment of factory farming would cause undesirable flesh bruising, they are kept in warehouse-like buildings in such cramped conditions they are forced
to walk over each other.
- Often the litter is not changed
frequently enough and high levels of ammonia cause many health problems.
- If the birds do not succumb to heart
failure before then, they will generally have reached their optimum weight
at just 6-7 weeks of age. A chick in an adult’s body!
TURKEY FOR ROASTING
Many factory-farmed turkeys do not survive the journey to the slaughterhouse
- Many of the above factors involving chickens also apply to turkey farming practices, affecting some 280 million turkeys yearly.
- Through selective breeding a male
turkey can weigh 3 times as much as its wild counterpart in only 4 month
and leads to painful health problems.
- They are also debeaked and have a
portion of their toes amputated without anesthetic or pain relief.
- Because of frequent rough handling
when they are crated for transportation, serious injury occurs. And if the slaughterhouse is a long distance,
many die during the journey from stress as well as food and water
is our obligation to tell visitors to this site that although the Humane Methods
of Slaughter Act requires animals to be rendered insensible (unconscious)
before shackling and slaughter, the United States Department of Agriculture
does not interpret this law to include birds killed for food.
we be asking why not, demand humane treatment and ensure these better practices
be maintained at all times?
PIGS AND PIGLETS
When pigs are confined to a cage where they can hardly move, they literally go mad
- Pigs are affectionate and intelligent animals so when they are confined in cages
too narrow for them to turn around, they literally go mad and can even
- At factory farms dedicated to raising pigs, a breeding sow is typically first
impregnated at 7 months and, until slaughter, lives a continuous
cycle of pregnancy, birth and nursing.
- When piglets are born, the sow is
kept in a “farrowing crate” separate from her offspring so they are not
crushed by her weight. She can stand, lie down and nurse them but she
is unable to turn around and see them. In fact, she may never, ever see
COWS FOR MILK
Controlled feeding for these cows never allowed to graze and socialize
- After giving birth, a dairy cow
usually produces milk for about 10 months so it is impregnated regularly to
maintain the milk production.
- When injected with Bovine Growth
Hormone, cows can produce double the quantity of milk they would
- At a factory farming location they are kept in a
holding facility, unable to socialize, and are only allowed out for twice daily milking.
- In a natural setting a cow can live up
to 20 years but these are usually slaughtered after just 5 years of
intense industrialized farming.
BEEF AND VEAL
- Further examples of cruelty associated with raising cows involve painful tail docking,
castration and dehorning of male calves bred for veal and beef.
- Within hours of being born they
are taken away from their mothers and become so distressed they cry intensely and become sick.
- For their meat to be pale and tender,
veal calves spend their entire 4 months of existence with no exercise and
a diet that is iron deficient.
- After grazing for the
first 6-12 months of their life, calves raised for beef are fattened for
six months on an unnatural diet before being slaughtered.
HUMANE FARMING VS FACTORY FARMING
- We are heartened by the actions of Kevin Fulton, a Nebraska
landowner who practices humane and holistic agricultural and animal
farming and is working to change “industry” practices.
- Currently there are approximately 51,000 supporters in Nebraska of humane farming.
- Fulton believes that if animals are going to
be raised for food, they need to be given decent lives and that it is wrong
to make an animal suffer unnecessarily, in a factory farming environment. He doesn’t brand cattle, notch
their ears, dock their tails or cut off their horns. To quote, “We all
die, but at least my animals, they have only one bad day.”
In the coming
months we will be adding pages to showcase more topics related to how we treat animals. For now we invite you to read some basic facts we have also compiled
regarding Puppy Mill Dogs. Please click
on those words to view.
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