Factory Farming Essay

748 Words Oct 6th, 2009 3 Pages
The term abuse refers to the use or treatment of something that is harmful. Most of us are already aware of abuse in our society. Spousal abuse, child abuse and pet abuse are most commonly talked about and referred to. There is another form of abuse which many people have recently been raising awareness of, it is called factory farming. Many of us are not aware that the meat that we eat is produced in an abusive way.

In effort to grow food animals as cheaply and quickly as possible, farmers cram as many animals as possible into factory-like warehouses. Many animals spend their whole lives in cages, crates or pens and no consideration is given to their comfort or needs. These cages are small and severely restrict their movement
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Dairy cows are genetically altered and are injected with hormones to produce unnaturally large amounts of milk and have to hold the milk for long periods which results in painful inflammation of the udder, a condition called mastitis. Feedlot cattle are routinely implanted with growth promoting hormones and unnaturally rich diets designed to fatten them quickly.

The end of these animals’ lives is not kind and slaughter is often the most horrific experience they go through. On their way to slaughter, cows, pigs, chickens, etc… are not given any food, water, or protection from weather conditions. Prior to being hung upside down by their back legs and bled to death at the slaughterhouse, cows, and pigs are supposed to be stunned and unconscious. Stunning, which is often done by a mechanical blow to the head, is terribly imprecise and often conscious animals are hung upside down, kicking and struggling. Eventually, the animals are stuck in the neck with a knife whether or not they are conscious. For pigs, the next station is the scalding tank and some make it there fully alive and conscious. Poultry are not required by law to be stunned and are often fully conscious and alive when they are hung from their feet by metal shackles. They suffer pain and terror as they are carried on a conveyor belt to the knife to have their throats slashed. The

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