First I will say that this is a very touchy subject for me, but this information is important, and often incredibly overlooked. I believe that people should be allowed to know the truth about what is going on behind closed doors. Millions of murders are happening across the globe daily, and most people are completely disconnected from this fact, and that is the way that this was designed. For if people knew what was really happening, this industry would no longer thrive because people would not be contributing and supporting these heinous inhumane acts. I am talking about the mass production and consumption of factory-farmed animals.
Personally for me, I have always had a deep connection with animals. One day it occurred to me that the meat/fish/chicken or whatever it was that was on my plate was in fact a hunk of a dead, decomposing animal corpse. It was as if a light went off in my head that allowed me to see what I was really consuming. I saw the meat for what it was. When I began to research animal production and factory farming I started to learn about what was taking place right under my nose. I wondered how could I have been so ignorant to these horrendous acts that are occurring by the thousands each and every day? Most people do not think twice about how that nicely wrapped package of bacon actually made its way to the grocery store shelves. Why do we feel like it is ok to eat a cow, pig or chicken, but wouldn’t dream of eating our dog, cat or hamster? Do you ever notice how we don’t even call the meat that we eat by its original name? Cow meat is referred to as ‘beef,’ ‘steak,’ ‘hamburger,’ etc.. Pig flesh is referred to as ‘Bacon,’ ‘pork,’ ‘roast.’ You don’t see a Cow walking around and say ‘Hey! look at that beef!’ At least not very often, so why the disconnection here? Maybe subconsciously this distracts us from what it is that we are really eating? As if it breaks the link between a dead animal, and something that we eat.
“The more helpless the victim, the greater the crime.” –Dr. Gerald Curtler
In many factory farm work sites the employee turnover rate is a whopping 100% annually! This goes to show that these workers are not capable of handling the mental and physical stress that comes a long with this job. It is not of human nature to be able to murder completely helpless, defenseless animals. Yes,when talking about hunting, or even other animals in the wild it is different, at least these animals stand a chance at survival, and it is usually the weak- old or young who are killed.
“The worst thing, worse than the physical danger, is the emotional toll. . . . Pigs down on the kill floor have come up and nuzzled me like a puppy. Two minutes later I had to kill them-beat them to death with a pipe. I can’t care.” -Former ‘Kill’ Floor Manager
The following information is taken directly from the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) website. this information will break down 3 of the most popular animals that are factory farmed, mass produced and slaughtered on a massive scale (Cows, Pigs, Chickens) and what exactly happens to these said animals in their lifetime, from birth to death.
In the U.S., more than 42 million cows suffer and die for the meat and dairy industries every year. When they are still very young, many cows are burned with hot irons (branded), their horns are cut or burned off, and male cattle have their testicles ripped out of their scrotums (castrated)—all without painkillers. Once they have grown big enough, they are sent to massive, filthy feedlots where they are exposed to the elements, to be fattened for slaughter. Many female cows are sent to dairy farms, where they will be repeatedly impregnated and separated from their calves until their bodies give out and they are sent to be killed.
Like all animals, cows form strong maternal bonds with their calves, and on dairy farms and cattle ranches, mother cows can be heard frantically crying out for their calves for several days after they have been separated.
Cows are gentle giants—large in size but sweet in nature. They are curious, clever animals who have been known to go to extraordinary lengths to escape from slaughterhouses. These very social animals prefer to spend their time together, and they form complex relationships, very much like dogs form packs.
Cattle are transported hundreds of miles in all weather extremes, typically without food or water, to the slaughterhouse. Many cows die on the way to slaughter, but those who survive are shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun, hung up by one leg, and taken onto the killing floor where their throats are cut and they are skinned and gutted. Some cows remain fully conscious throughout the entire process. In an interview with The Washington Post, one slaughterhouse worker said, “They die piece by piece.”
The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as now they look upon the murder of men.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Many people who know pigs compare them to dogs because they are friendly, loyal, and intelligent. Pigs are naturally very clean and avoid soiling their living areas. When they are not confined on factory farms, pigs spend hours playing, lying in the sun, and exploring their surroundings with their powerful sense of smell. Considered by animal behaviorists to be smarter than 3-year-old children, pigs are very clever animals.
Most people rarely have the opportunity to interact with these outgoing, sensitive animals because more than 90 percent of pigs in the U.S. today are raised on factory farms. These pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant stress of intense confinement and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Mother pigs (sows) spend most of their miserable lives in tiny gestation crates that are too small for them to turn around in. They are impregnated again and again until their bodies give out and are then sent to slaughter.
Piglets are torn from their distraught mothers after just a few weeks. Their tails are chopped off, the ends of their teeth are snipped off with pliers, and the males are castrated. No painkillers are given to ease their suffering. The pigs then spend their entire lives in extremely crowded pens on tiny slabs of filthy concrete.
When the time comes for slaughter, pigs are forced onto transport trucks that travel for many miles through all weather extremes. Many die of heat exhaustion in the summer or arrive frozen to the inside of the truck in the winter. According to industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die in transport each year, and an additional 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse.
Because of improper stunning methods, many pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into scalding-hot water, which is intended to remove their hair and soften their skin.
CHICKENS From PETA ‘Chickens Used For Food’
Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In the United States, more than 7 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 452 million hens are used for their eggs. Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.
More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, yet not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse—even though two-thirds of Americans say that they would support such a law.
Many people do not realize that chickens are inquisitive, interesting animals who are as intelligent as mammals such as cats, dogs, and even some primates. They are very social and like to spend their days together, scratching for food, taking dust baths, roosting in trees, and lying in the sun.
Dr. Chris Evans, administrator of the animal behavior lab at Australia’s Macquarie University, says, “As a trick at conferences, I sometimes list [chickens’] attributes, without mentioning chickens, and people think I’m talking about monkeys.”
But chickens raised on factory farms each year in the U.S. never have the chance to do anything that is natural or important to them. A baby chick on a factory farm will never be allowed contact with his or her parents, let alone be raised by them. These chickens are deprived of the chance to take dust baths, feel the sun on their backs, breathe fresh air, roost in trees, or build nests.
Chickens raised for their flesh, called “broilers” by the chicken industry, spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds, where intense crowding and confinement lead to outbreaks of disease. They are bred and drugged to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs can’t keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common. Many become crippled under their own weight and eventually die because they can’t reach the water nozzles. When they are only 6 or 7 weeks old, they are crammed into cages and trucked to slaughter.
Birds exploited for their eggs, called “laying hens” by the industry, are crammed together in wire cages where they don’t even have enough room to spread their wings. Because the hens are crammed so closely together, these normally clean animals are forced to urinate and defecate on one another. The birds have part of their sensitive beaks cut off so that they won’t peck each other out of frustration created by the unnatural confinement. After their bodies are exhausted and their production drops, they are shipped to slaughter, generally to be turned into chicken soup or cat or dog food because their flesh is too bruised and battered to be used for much else.
Because the male chicks of egg-laying breeder hens are unable to lay eggs and are not bred to produce excessive flesh for the meat industry, they are killed. Every year, more than 100 million of these young birds are ground up alive or tossed into bags to suffocate.
Chickens are slammed into small crates and trucked to the slaughterhouse through all weather extremes. Hundreds of millions suffer broken wings and legs from rough handling, and millions die from the stress of the journey.
At the slaughterhouse, their legs are forced into shackles, their throats are cut, and they are immersed in scalding-hot water to remove their feathers. Because they have no federal legal protection (birds are exempt from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act), almost all chickens are still conscious when their throats are cut, and many are literally scalded to death in the feather-removal tanks after missing the throat cutter.
Keep in mind that this barely scratches the surface of this industry, there are many more animals that are subject to this torture daily, ducks, geese, turkeys, horses, circus animals, rats, guinea pigs, mice, sea’food’ and MANY more.
Every time you eat that burger, or those chicken wings, eggs or milk, wear the Canada Goose jackets, or UGG boots you are participating in this worldwide genocide. The reason that this is particularly hard for me to write about this is because this topic strikes a cord within my heart, but I think that the first step towards creating real change on the planet is by creating awareness. I hope that in writing this I will be able to shed some light on this very important issue, and people will realize that they do have compassion within their hearts and they will be able to move to a more humane lifestyle.
If you would like to know more information about this important subject, I recommend checking out the sources at the bottom and also, watching the following documentaries: ‘Earthlings,’ ‘Food Inc,’ ‘Vegucated.’ Also check out this presentation about 101 Reasons To Go Vegan
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