This Is Where Your Food Is Coming From

January 18, 2018 | 18 Comments » | Topics: TRUTH

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95% of egg-laying hens spend their lives in battery cages. Battery cages commonly hold 5–10 birds, and each chicken may be given an amount of floor space equivalent to less than a sheet of letter-size paper. Constantly rubbing against and standing on wire cages, hens suffer severe feather loss, and their bodies become covered with bruises and abrasions.

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There were more than 5.8 million pigs used for breeding in the United States in 2011, most of whom were confined to gestation crates, typically lined up row after row in large sheds. These naturally curious and intelligent animals are first impregnated at 7 months of age and live out their lives in a cycle of pregnancy, birth, and nursing until they are eventually sent to slaughter.

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Due to selective breeding, commercial male turkeys rapidly grow to a weight 3 times larger than wild male turkeys in only 4 months. Rapid growth and resulting heavy body weight can lead to heart problems and painful leg issues, which can eventually lead to crippling.

Turkeys may be confined so tightly that each bird has only between 2.5 to 4 square feet of space each. This space only gets tighter as the turkeys grow larger.

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Because male calves will not grow up to produce milk, they are considered of little value to the dairy farmer and are sold for meat. Millions of these calves are taken away to be raised for beef. Hundreds of thousands of other male calves born into the dairy industry are raised for veal. Many people consider veal to be cruel, but they don’t realize that veal production is a product of the dairy industry.

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Shortly before piglets are born, sows are moved to “farrowing crates” where the piglets will be nursed. The crates, meant to separate the mother from the piglets to avoid crushing, are restrictive to the point that the mother pig can only stand and lie down — she cannot even turn around to see her piglets.

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Pigs Kicked, Punched, and Spiked Like Footballs at a Factory Farm

 

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Usually just within hours of birth, calves are taken away from their mothers. Calves can become so distressed from separation that they become sick, lose weight from not eating, and cry so much that their throats become raw.

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Chickens in the meat industry typically spend their lives confined to warehouse-like buildings, each packed with as many as 20,000 chickens. On average, the space per chicken is only slightly larger than a sheet of letter-size paper. This crowding can result in scratches and sores from the birds being forced to walk all over each other.

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Perdue chicken factory farmer reaches breaking point, invites film crew to farm

 

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At only 17–20 days old, the piglets are taken away from their mothers and undergo a series of mutilations, including being castrated and having a portion of their tails removed without any sort of pain relief. The piglets spend the next 6 months of their lives confined to pens until they reach “market weight”; they are then trucked to slaughter.

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A sustainable, humane way to produce meat

 

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  • Wombat34

    Good for you for posting this. These things are cruel.

  • the man from amsterdam

    its a good thing people will see this. i cant deal with this stuff. its difficult for me.

  • Pauly Incorrect

    If animals weren’t meant to be eaten, why are they made of food?

  • Josh Gordon

    And yet theres morons out there who bellymoan about hunting being unethical, unethical my ass. Yeah you take your factory raised chicken/pork Ill stick to my elk and deer.

    • Louie

      Exactly!!

    • naruwu

      No one has ever said hunting for food is unethical. No one.It’s hunting for sport that people rightly have a problem with. Quit being disingenuous.

      • Josh Gordon

        “No one has ever said hunting for food is unethical. No one.”

        Lol speak for yourself brosef, Ive had several people tell me its unethical, of course they’re the ones who refuse to eat any meat at all but yes again Ive had people tell me its unethical. Didnt you make an assumption about me not traveling and you were wrong, now your doing it again BUAHAHAHA. Have you learned why you dont make assumptions about people on the interwebs yet?

        • naruwu

          Ahh I see, so these vegan/vegetarians have a problem with your hunting but are okay with factory farming, interesting. A reasonable person would assume they’d also be against these farms. I’ll rephrase, since we were apparently using different rules of logic: No one thinks hunting for food is unethical while thinking factory farms are okay.

  • Chris Candy

    Num Num Num Num Num!!!!!

  • John Monitor

    And here I thought Caveman Circus was for entertainment, not preaching how we should live according to their rules.

    • naruwu

      Good to know you are okay with this treatment of livestock. You can tell a lot about a person based on how they treat animals.

      • John Monitor

        Ah, excuse me dumb arse. You know NOTHING about me. I use to work in an abattoir and I know what the real story is so shove it up your ass.

        • naruwu

          Why else respond Against images denouncing animal suffering unless you disagree? Unless you felt personally attacked by the story here? Why so easily triggered, if this isn’t you as you suggest? You outed yourself, you couldn’t help it.

          • John Monitor

            I’m not triggered by the animal pictures dumb arse, but I came to this website for entertainment, not a lecture on being a moronic vegan. I suspect you think you’re just fantastic when you anonymously abuse people over the Internet, simply because they don’t share your point of view. You’re nothing but a coward.

            • naruwu

              No where in the post is veganism even mentioned. And it’s hilarious you feel abused yet are the one resorting to name calling. We got it, you only come to CC for scraped insta pics of girls and memes; you pass over the dozens of informational posts every week, fine. Yet you still willingly clicked on this article, and felt so annoyed/triggered/personally attacked that you had to comment on it? Funny, the people compelled enough to write a complaint NEVER claim to be anti-(insert post topic), just felt like whining about nothing apparently. Grow up. You see nothing wrong with the above pictures? Fine, then be a man and own your position , including defending it against criticism, instead of crying about being abused, you coward. Otherwise stay off the big scary internet and it’s comment sections, you ass*

              *–the correct spelling

  • naruwu

    If these things were more common knowledge then things would change. People can eat meat, and we can do it in an ethical manner, and the mass public would not be okay with this if they were forced to see it. It’s ok as long as it’s hidden. It’s really fast food that drives these practices; the need for dirt-cheap meat so they can sell $.99 hamburgers and make a profit. Widely available cruelty-free meat (like the beef grown directly from cells in the lab few yrs back) can’t come soon enough. God forgive us for what we do this planet, sheesh.

    • robertam

      Did you type that on your iPhone, made by slave laborers in some Asian country? How about what you are wearing – made by slave laborers in a 3rd world country? My apologies to you if I’m wrong.

      Double, triple the price of food – how are those who are currently starving going to be able to afford to eat? And who will foot that bill? Free range animals? Great, who is going to provide more land for farmers?

      I don’t condone mistreatment of animals, but the solution is a bit more complex than you make it seem.

      • naruwu

        You provide a false dilemma. How will the cost of food triple when there is already plenty of food types available at accessible prices? Meat is incredibly resource intensive, requiring food, water, medications etc. California exports 100 billion gallons of water/yr (remember their droughts) in the form of alfalfa, which is sent to China to feed cows. Not only do the animals take resources, THEIR food does too. If people ate less meat, even if beef or chicken prices went up they’d be fine. Again, it’s not “either we keep torturing animals, or the world starves.”

        Some solutions are coming: cruelty free meat. Others are here and are continuing to be more accepted with greater awareness: Ethical raising of livestock (again, may require fewer dollar burgers and more focus on special occasion steaks). And an even better solution has been around forever and more accessible than ever: returning to a more plant based diet is healthier, less strain on our healthcare system, less resource intensive, won’t require massive factory farms so there will be more room for the fewer flocks etc.

        It really is simple. These farms are western problems, fueling our over reliance on cheap (now. see: healthcare), dirty, heart-disease causing meat-like products.

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