The abuse and exploitation of non-human animals is pervasive throughout our society. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, over 9 billion are butchered for human consumption every year, roughly 20 million are suffer in laboratories, and another 5 million are killed for their fur in the United States alone.
Life on Old MacDonald's farm isn't what it used to be. The cute scenes are now replaced with windowless sheds with cramped wire cages so small and stacked together is enough to drive you insane, and the conditions these animals have to go through are accepted when you are eating them, but if anything like that happened to your dog or cat you'd be thrown in jail for animal cruelty.
Chickens and turkeys raised for meat are raised in crowded, disgusting cages until they are to die. They are bred to become so big so fast that they can hardly move due to painful bone conditions. Many just drop dead from the strain on their underdeveloped hearts. An industry journalist explains, "Broiler chickens now grow so rapidly that the heart and lungs are not developed well enough to support the remainder of the body, resulting congestive heart failure and tremendous death losses."
Industries that perform these growth spurts actually brag, “If a seven pound baby grew at the same rate that today's birds grow, when the baby reached 18 weeks old they would weigh 1,500 pounds."
Egg-laying hens are packed into wire cages that are so small to the point that they can't even lift their wings. Their feet never touch the ground, unless they have been dropped off of the conveyor belt right before meeting their death. They never get to peck for food or be happy. Instead they are forced to live in wire cages in a cold, frustrated shed. Frustrated hens will peck at their cage mates, so in order for them to prevent them from killing one another, farmers use hot blades to slice off their beaks, and sometimes parts of their tongues and even faces get cut off too!
For every egg-laying hen confined in a cage, there's a male chick that was killed at the hatchery. Since egg-laying breeds have been exclusively selected for maximum production, they don't grow large enough to be raised for profitable meat. Therefore, male chicks of egg-laying breeds are of no value. When they hatch, male chicks are thrown into a dumpster to starve, or they are ground up alive.
Cattle that are being used for your steak and hamburgers are branded, their horns cut off, and are castrated; all without painkillers. Painful thought, isn't it? Why would proper veterinary care be given, when they are just going to die anyways? Lameness doesn't affect the meat.
Dairy cows get electric machines hooked up to their swollen udders around three times a day! Male claves are shipped off to veal farms after they are born, where they live their lives on short chains is putrid stalls where they can't turn around. They're kept in isolation and fed nutrient-deficient foods so that their flesh will be tender and pale when they are served as "gourmet" dishes.
Factory farm pigs spend their lives in crowded pens with concrete floors. Like birds, the pigs are drugged and bred to grow so large so fast, many can't walk. Baby boys are too castrated, and all piglets’ tails and teeth are removed so they can't bite each other while they are being raised to die.
Honestly, I don't want to go into detail how these animals get killed, because it is extremely disturbing, but it is an extreme cause for concern on the subject of animal cruelty. These animals are tortured and slaughtered most that are still conscious. Would you want to look down at your cheeseburger or chicken nuggets knowing that they were tortured and butchered all while being conscious? Could you still enjoy that food?
Every year millions of animals are blinded, shocked, poisoned, mutilated, and even killed in laboratories across the world . Dogs, cats, mice, rats, and primates are all victims of horrific experiments that eventually cost them their lives.
Every year, millions of animals suffer and die in painful tests to determine the "safety" of cosmetics and household products. Substances ranging from eye shadow to furniture polish are tested on rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, dogs, and several other animals, despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury.
In these tests, a powdered or liquid substance is dropped into the eyes of the rabbit. During the tests, the rabbit's eyes are held open with clips. Many animals break their necks as they struggle to escape. Laboratory technicians record the damage to the eye tissue at specific intervals over an average period of at least 72 hours. Several reactions, including swollen eyelids, inflamed irises, bleeding, and blindness is common.
In acute accuracy tests a substance is force in an animal by several means to determine the amount of a substance that will kill a percentage (or even up to 100%) of a group of test animals.
The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine reported that sophisticated non-animal research methods are more accurate, less expensive and less time consuming than traditional criminal-based research methods.
Fur is seen as a luxury amongst the wealthy. Most people don’t know the lengths taken to trap and skin these gorgeous creatures for an impractical coat such as the ones you see at designer stores.
There is a misconception that ranch raised fur is “humane." Unfortunately, there's nothing humane about depriving these animals from their behavioral and physiological needs.
Fur farming is nothing more than institutionalized torture. So why is fur farming so wrong? Of the 31 million animals killed on fur farms each year, roughly 26,000,000 are mink, 4,500,000 are fox, and the remaining are raccoon dogs, chinchillas, and Fitch. Having larger pens would reduce the amount of stress and self mutilation, but would increase overall cost. "It is more cost effective for the industry to cram more animals into a smaller space, and deal with the occasional stress related death or self mutilation.” Animals on fur farms are not able to engage in their natural behavior. These animals are treated like machines and commodities rather than animals like us, who feel. The suffering and death stems from the purpose of creating a garment that serves no true purpose.
Fox farming is now banned in Sweden, Holland, Austria, and the United Kingdom.
Each year roughly 10 million are trapped in the wild so that they can be skinned and turned into fur coats.
The initial closing of the leg hold trap will cause injury, but most animals die due to the extreme measures they take to escape and the overwhelming stress.
A study in Wheeler National Wildlife Refugee found that 27.6% of mink and 26% of fox would bite off their own limbs in hopes of surviving. Would you chew off your own leg to break free of a hunter?
The leg hold trap is used by 74%of Americans, but Congress will not ban its use. The trap has been banned in 88 countries, but only 8 states have banned these traps.
Fur trapping is a barbaric activity done to supply people with a fur coat. The suffering is multiplied when one considers that an average of 40 animals must be killed to make one fur coat.
Is it worth your hamburgers, chicken nuggets, eye shadow, and frivolous fur coats to know that billions of animals are being killed every year for them?