Factory Farming and Its Effects on the Environment Essay

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Sheri Lupo English 112
Factory Farming and its Effects on our Health, the Environment, and the Welfare of Animals

The term “factory farming” has more to it than it sounds. Factory farming is a term that makes up a multitude of disturbing images, from rows of animals packed tightly into gigantic warehouses and misused workers striving for substandard wages, to massive amounts of pollutants spilling into the environment. It is a big business that tries to maximize profits and minimize cost through the mass production of cheap meat, dairy, and eggs. Factory farms hurt animals and people and also destroy the environment. It has become a major contributor in the alarming
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In Gail Eisnitz’s book “Slaughterhouse”, she interviews several different employees of these slaughterhouses in the U.S. One particular story came from a hog slaughter in southwestern Kansas, called Morrell. The interview is with a former worker, Tommy Vladak; his job at the plant was a “sticker”, which is the person that slices the hog’s throat after it gets stunned. He tells of how the hogs were supposed to be stunned before they got to him, but a lot of times, the line moved so fast, that proper stunning was hard to do. This made his job very dangerous, because the hogs would be going wild, and he would have to stick them like that. Sometimes, he wouldn’t get a good stick and the hog would move up the line and be boiled alive. He was injured several times on the job; he got stabbed, broke his leg, and was bitten several times, but that was part of the job. He complained numerous times to the boss about changing the procedure but was ignored every time. Tommy also tells stories of the abuse that goes on in the slaughterhouses behind closed doors. The hogs are beaten sometimes with lead pipes, called “piping”; if they are trying to get away. He witnessed a worker get so mad at a hog that he hit the hog with a wooden board and broke its back. If the hogs refuse to move through the line, the workers stick them with prods into their eyes or anuses and pull them down the line. The USDA knows these things are happening, but

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