The living conditions of farm animals

Hello guys, as you probably know, farm animals supply many products including the meat we eat. These animals are raised in farms until the end of their lives. Afterwards, they are being killed so that we can have meat at our tables. I have to admit that I really like eating meat, but I think it’s good to know the price that animals pay to get this commodity. Let’s have a view at the living conditions of farm animals.

There are several types of livestock farms. We will mainly focus on the ones that massively breed animals in confined places and not on farms that have free grazing animals (Free grazing are the ones that can freely wonder in nature instead of living locked up in cages). Let’s have a look at the conditions of livestock animals

Here’s an example of free grazing chickens

There are two types of chickens. The ones that lay eggs and the ones that are bred in order to be consumed. According to humanysociety.orgThe vast majority of egg-laying hens in the United States are confined in battery cages. On average, each caged laying hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space—less space than a single sheet of letter-sized paper on which to live her entire life. Unable even to spread their wings, caged laying hens are among the most intensively confined animals in agribusiness.” (source https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/cage-free-vs-battery-cage-eggs) All these chickens do is eat, sleep, poo and lay eggs for their entire lives. At some point , they stop laying eggs. This means that they are no longer “useful” to the farmers that breed them. One thing that happens with these chickens is to “gas” them with CO2 in order to asphyxiate them. Then, these hens are turned into oils and other products that are used in various industries. Using CO2 to kill these chickens is one of the most humane methods to “put them to sleep”, according to experts. They do not feel any pain when this procedure occurs.

Here’s an example of hens raised in the so called “battery” cages

Another thing that happens to the “spent hens” is to turn them into pet food. This method is considered less humane than gassing them, because they are mistreated more in this process. Now let’s talk a little about cattle farms. As you probably know, cows are being bred for their milk and their meat. The living conditions are also bad in some cases. These cows are being for their milk for many years until they can’t produce any longerThey live in cages just like the hens and this is a typical example of this thing:

Here’s a cow farm where the cows are locked up in confined places

According to https://www.peta.org/Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do—to nourish their young—but calves on dairy farms are taken away from their mothers when they are just 1 day old. They are fed milk replacers (including cattle blood) so that their mothers’ milk can be sold to humans. Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months and are then inseminated again, continuing the cycle. Some spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors; others are confined to massive, crowded lots, where they are forced to live amid their own feces. A North Carolina dairy closed its doors following revelations from a whistleblower that the cows were forced to eat, walk and sleep in knee-deep waste. An investigation into a Pennsylvania farm that ships tons of milk for cheese production in Maryland revealed animals who were wallowing in their own manure in filthy barns with no bedding, while more than half of the cows who were being milked had leg joints that were swollen, ulcerated, or missing hair. Please visit PETA.org for more information on this case.

Cows have a natural lifespan of about 20 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years. However, the stress caused by the conditions on factory farms leads to disease, lameness, and reproductive problems that render cows worthless to the dairy industry by the time that they’re 4 or 5 years old, at which time they are sent to be slaughtered.” (source https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/cows-milk-cruel-unhealthy-product/ )

In addition, there are some cows that have portholes in their side.Some people call them cannulated cows. The farmers are surgically creating these holes so that they can have access to their stomachs for various reasons.According to these farmers, the cows only feel pain during the surgery but some activists claim that this is causing discomfort to the cows for the rest of their lives. These cows look like this:

Cannulated cow

The farmers that do this practice claim that this is important because it helps them maximize food production and minimize greenhouse gases. This might be true, but still it looks like a savage tactic. Well there are also pig farms that work in a similar way as the farms that were mentioned above. Here’s an example of these farms:

c in tidy and clean indoor housing farm, with pig mother feeding piglet

The things that apply for the rest of the animals apply for pigs too.

You just got a glimpse of how some of the farm animals live. We will probably continue killing them for their meat, but their conditions are horrific. They have to be improved at once. It’s the least we could do for them. I think that the only appropriate type of farms are the free grazing ones. What’s your take on those things? Let me know in the comments.


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