A factory farm is a large-scale industrial operation that houses thousands of animals raised for food—such as chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs—and treats them with hormones and antibiotics to prevent disease and maximize their growth and food output. You have to see it to grasp the gravity of the situation. It's worth checking into.
Dairy cows are given huge amounts of hormones in order to produce more milk. This means they’re milked way more than they were meant to be and the result is milk filled with infected puss and blood before it’s filtered.
The videos are unbelievable. Live chickens are handled like garbage. Workers grab chickens as fast as they can by the feet, haul them as fast as possible out of the cage and throw them into large bins with a small opening. The speed at which they work does not allow a lot of time for precision chicken placement. They smash their bodies and heads off the side of the bin constantly, sometimes decapitating them.
Sows (female breeding pigs) are raised in stalls so narrow the sow cannot turn around. This causes weak bones, wasted muscles, heart damage and excruciating cuts and abrasions. Poor air quality causes lung infections and other respiratory problems. I’ve seen videos of farm workers cutting the nuts off a new born pig. Mutilations like this are usually carried out without anesthetic and often lead to prolonged pain. You can tell by the screaming that the pig is not digging it.
The list of animal cruelty issues goes on and on, but there’s a whole list of environmental issues associated with factory farms as well. Confining so many animals in one place produces much more waste than the surrounding land can handle, polluting the water, land and air. The pollution from animal waste causes respiratory problems, skin infections, nausea, depression and even death for people who live near factory farms. Hog, chicken and cattle waste has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and contaminated groundwater in 17 states.
Basically, it’s a horrific, disgusting, sadistic environment. If you ever have the misfortune to spend any amount of time around one of these farms, you’ll probably swear yourself off meat. It doesn’t have to be that way though. We can send a message to these places and have our bacon too. Just be mindful of where you buy and what farming methods they employ. However, if you ever see the videos of factory farms milking cows, you’ll probably never drink milk again. But that won’t hurt ya.
In the new world, animals will be farmed the good old-fashioned way… naturally.
AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!