Factory Farming Essay: Animal Agriculture And The Environment

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grasslands to provide the factory cattle with food. To keep up these grasslands, fertilizers, and other chemical materials are used. Unfortunately, because of this, soil and water resources are polluted (Russo n.pag). In an interview, Robert Martin from Yale Environment 360 explains, “There are a lot of studies that show [factory farming] contaminates the groundwater with nitrates, which can lead to very serious health consequences … In the fields around these operations, it 's also an over-application of phosphorous, which … will burn out of the soil” (n.pag). Another action that pollutes the water is the lack of manure management in factory farms (Harrigan, Davis, Jacobs, and Rose 2). In the article, Animal Agriculture and the Environment, …show more content…
A case study from Nancy Perry and Peter Brandt explains how factory farms keep cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals in overcrowded cages. Considering that these animals are in such a confined space, they are often unable to turn around, or take a single step (117). This is not the only abuse the animals are receiving, for example, Perry and Brandt make it clear by stating, “Helpless cows bellow in pain and anguish as they are shocked in the eyes, rectum, and face repeatedly; run over with fork lifts; and otherwise tortured” (119). Nancy Purcell’s article, Cruel Intimacies and Risky Relationships: Accounting for Suffering in Industrial Livestock Production, also explains another incident with forklifts. She explains that while the cows are on the floor, the people driving the machinery, push down on the cows causing them to suffer (68). Purcell also goes on to describe how the cows are bound with rope behind moving vehicles, dragging them to get them to the desired destination (68). Purcell gave another explanation of the abuse by stating, “In January 2008, Hallmark employees [Westland Meat Company] were captured on video abusing cows who were to weak to walk or stand, using electrical prods to force them to mount the ramp to the slaughter, pushing them with forklifts when prodding failed” (67). These animals also do not receive veterinary care,

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