November 19, 2013
Factory Farming: The Truth Revealed
Many people might not be aware of what really happens in factory farms, or if they do, they tend to turn a blind eye towards it. Our society has a fairytale image of how factory farm animals live: Cows grazing the luscious green fields, hens nesting in a warm, spacious barn, and pigs rolling around in mud enjoying the sunny day. This vision of farm life is far from reality, especially today with demand for cheap, delicious meat rising. Today, billions of animals are born, confined, biologically manipulated, transported, and slaughtered for human consumption. The majority of farm animals are not enjoying the ideal farm life, but instead, they are living in
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To make matters worse, the ISE’s lawyer made a point that it was legally acceptable to discard live birds in the garbage and treat them as if they were manure (Bauston, Gene)! What exactly makes your household pet much different from that innocent pig suffering in a factory? Realistically speaking, it is human nature to consume meat; we humans must eat meat to be exceptionally healthy, but there are indeed better ways of doing it. In egg factories, hens are forced to live in battery cages, confined to about seven or eight to a cage, not leaving them enough room to turn around or spread their wings (Williams, Nancy). Not to mention, the egg industry confines about 300 million hens in a battery cage facility at any given time (Wenz, Peter). The battery cages used to house these hens already sound brutal, but to make matter worse, those hens are immobilized by their battery cages; their wings, legs, feet, and necks caught in the wires (Wenz, Peter). If you think hens have it bad, imagine what else might be happening to these animals. The pigs there spend most of their lives confined in narrow crates that enable most movement; the hard, slatted floors and the lack of exercise causes their feet and legs to cripple, and joint disorders; the constant rubbing up against the bars of their crates give them open sores, vulnerable to infection (Bauston, Gene).