Most people we meet will consider it the norm to use animals as food. And through it is unlikely you are one of them if you have landed on this site, I urge you to stay for a while and get these facts into your internal knowledge bank, as you might need them for various reasons. Most of all, if someone doesn’t care about animals as much, they might reconsider their diet because they care about nature, other humans, and humanity as a whole, at least a little bit!
After hearing these facts about the conditions that animals are forced to endure on factory farms you might be displeased to learn that 99% of all of the meat that is sold in the U.S. comes from factory farms, something to keep in mind and spread awareness on.
1. Animals on factory farms are subjected to treatment that would be illegal if the victims were dogs or cats.
Cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats, such as neglect, mutilation, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter, is commonplace in animal agribusiness. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than dogs and cats.
The meat industry has a record of egregious water pollution. In fact, animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms have polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.
3. Workers are exposed to injury and illness.
Workplace hazards include injuries, respiratory illness, and PTSD. Workers are also at risk for infection by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Earlier this year, it was revealed that on average, one Tyson employee a month is injured by equipment and loses a finger or limb.
4. Farmed animals are mutilated without painkillers.
Dehorning, tail docking, debeaking, and castration are all mutilations performed daily on factory farms. These cruel acts are carried out without the use of anesthesia, and because of the filthy conditions, they often result in infection.
Eighty percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to farmed animals. While these drugs are sometimes used to prevent and treat illness, they’re also used in low doses to keep animals alive in filthy, disease-ridden conditions that would otherwise kill them.
7. Animals on factory farms are denied everything that is important to them.
Most farmed animals will never root in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural to them. They won’t even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.
8. Raising animals for food has a devastating impact on the climate.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions. In fact, the meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined!
9. Some farmed animals literally can’t move.
Many animals on factory farms live in spaces so small they can’t even turn around, lie down comfortably, or stretch their limbs. These include gestation crates for mother pigs, battery cages for egg-laying hens, and veal crates for calves.
10. Meat production is an inefficient use of grain.
There are nearly a billion starving people on the planet. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef. Think about all of the people who could use that grain.
11. Raising animals for food is one of the leading causes of rainforest destruction.
The World Bank reports that the majority of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down to graze cattle and grow feed for farmed animals. This deforestation is a major cause of climate change and has contributed to the extinction of many species in the region.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”