Factory Farms Should Not Be Banned Essay

1746 Words May 6th, 2016 7 Pages
According to the online Salem Press Encyclopedia, roughly 10 billion animals are slaughtered each year. These animals are killed cruelly by the billions in places know as factory farms solely for the purpose of consuming them. These places have become a highly controversial topic because of the methods they use when it concerns the caretaking of the animals and because of the effects their products have on certain aspects of society. The number of factory farms should be reduced because the production and consumption of animal source foods not only leads to the unethical treatment of animals, but also creates negative consequences in society such as climate change and a variety of health risks for those who consume them.
The number of factory farms should decrease because they promote the cruel treatment of animals by creating inadequate living conditions and harmful procedures. The farmers see the animals, such as pigs and chickens, as nothing but machines and therefore treat them as such. For example, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a short film called “Glass Walls” in which they showed how animals are treated throughout the slaughter houses and factory farms. According to the film, chickens and turkeys are transported in tight cages for extended periods of time with no food or water and when they are not on the move, they are piled into cages and forced to live among their own excrement (“Glass Walls” 3:02). In addition, the chickens and…

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