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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Factory Farmed Animals

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Factory Farmed Animals

The relentless growth of factory farming has resulted in billions of animals being forced to live out their entire lives without ever being able to exhibit any of their natural behaviors such as snuffling in the mud, flapping their wings, or building a nest.

A closer look at the lives of factory farmed animals reveals that we have turned sentient beings into mere products, and society accepts their mistreatment and abuse as an acceptable cost of production.

Here are 10 things everyone should know about factory farmed animals:

1. 90 Percent of Broiler Chickens Have Walking Difficulties

Factory farms favor growth over animal welfare, and due to genetic manipulation, 90% of broiler chickens have trouble walking. Crowded and cramped conditions make leg problems worse, and it is widely known that birds with weak legs end up with severe dermatitis and hock burn from sitting on dirty litter.

2. Animals Suffer Skeletal Deformities from Unnatural Living Conditions
Concrete and slatted floors are commonplace in factory farms because they allow for easy removal of manure, but these unnatural surfaces cause the animals to suffer skeletal deformities of the legs and feet.

3. 65 Percent of Pigs Have Pneumonia Upon Slaughter
A study of 34,000 pigs on factory farms revealed 65% of animals had pneumonia-like lesions in their lungs. Researchers believe that this can be contributed to ammonia and other gases from manure that pigs are excreting every day while being confined to tiny indoor spaces.

4. At Any Given Time, 6 Million Hens Are Being Systematically Starved
If the average person decided to withhold food from their dog or cat for days they would probably be charged with animal cruelty, yet the egg industry intentionally deprives hens of food for up to 14 days. Starving hens for profit is known as forced molting, and this is done in order to pump a few hundred more eggs out of their already exhausted bodies.

5. Cows Produce 120 Percent More Milk Than They Did 40 Years Ago
Thanks to genetic manipulation and a cocktail of drugs, cows now produce 120% more milk than they did 40 years ago. This excessive milk production leaves them spent after just four years at which time, those that are not already downed are sent to slaughter where they are turned into cheap meat.

6. Chickens Are Forced to Grow 4 Times Faster Than Nature Intended
Due to selective breeding, antibiotics, steroids and overfeeding, today’s factory farmed chickens are being forced to put on weight four times faster than nature intended. Their body mass increases beyond the limits of their skeletons, causing a plethora of serious health issues.

7. 80 Percent of Antibiotics Produced Are Fed to Livestock
Antibiotics are used to help animals to survive the barbaric conditions in factory farms until slaughter, as well as make them grow faster. According to WHO, more antibiotics are now being fed to healthy animals rather than to sick human beings.

8. 1 Million Pigs Die In Transport Every Year
Due to the stress, cramped conditions, lack of water and poor health prior to travelling, more than 1 million pigs die each year while on route to the slaughterhouse.

9. Sick And Injured Animals Are Left Untreated
Numerous undercover investigations at factory farms have found animals with serious illnesses and injuries left untreated as it is not deemed cost effective to treat them. Many of the injuries were caused by poor handling and care of the animals.

10. 99 Percent of Farmed Animals Live in Factory Farms
Today in the United States, 99 percent of all farmed animals spend their entire lives confined in factory farms. Many of them will never see natural daylight, get to move about freely, or experience their natural behaviors.

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Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals

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4:11PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

People can practice compassion without knowing the fact of farm animals. The simple truth is ALL SENTIENT BEINGS ARE CREATED EQUAL. People ask me what do I do with protein, I ask them what do farm animals do with protein? They only eat grass and all the green plant food, so why can't people do the same instead of having gone through animals' stomach. If slaughterhouses allow people to go anywhere near, they can hear the painful screaming of the dying animals, slaughterhouses are actually animals graveyard!! I know a lot of people avoid knowing the fact so they can continue to have meat intake. So sad of those cowards. Humans are no better than wild beasts, they take away the calves from their mothers and milk to the humans, debeak little chcks or throw them right into the grinding bin alive!!!! and castrate piglets without pain killer and toss them like bugs, the list goes on.... The pain goes straight to my heart like a shredder. I can only hope that someday all animals will end their suffering....that maybe the end of the world.

2:57PM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

I became a vegan last year. It has been the best decision I have ever made. Now my actions match up with my values. My health has also improved!

1:54PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

"earthlings" is something we all should at least TRY to watch. one can watch it online for free. it isn't easy. i cried, screamed, swore, but i believe it is honest and fair. watch only a part at a time. changing life long habits is difficult and we humans are so good at seeing what we want to see. i am vegetarian and getting closer to being vegan. it is harder for some, but not impossible to eat more humanely. do what you can and keep trying!

7:17AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

@Tanya W...Free range means nothing! It's a myth and so are organic eggs. All that it means is that they are now free to roam without a cage....free to roam in a cramped warehouse with no light, no access to the outside and walking and sitting in their own filth. Some are trampled on and most get sick. If you think free range means they are free to run on a beautiful grass plain with sunshine, frolicking and having fun you are very ill informed. Please read about the myth of free range chickens. Oh, and organic...forget it. They still practice debeaking (spelling?) and still kill male chicks.

6:26AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

This Is terrible! Free range or not at all.

6:04AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

What a shame............

5:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Sadly noted :(

4:49AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

So, don't buy farmed meat. I don't because it doesn't taste as good.

9:14PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

:(

8:36PM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Truly bloody repulsive. It's maddening to think these poor animals are born simply to be raised+killed in horrific fashion so humans can eat them. It just doesn't make any sense to me. It's so wrong.

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