Animal Welfare in Meat Industry
The meat industry often tells us that their care about farming animals makes animal-based products ethical and cruelty-free. Subrogation of concepts is a common business among meat producers and the owners of animal farms.
Meat producers want us to believe that there can be humane ways of animal slaughtering, that animals have enough place and air during their existence, and that they even enjoy their lives.
Of course, such affirmations are air-built. Although animal farmers and meat producers assure us that animals live a cruelty-free and decent life, numerous testimonies and media proofs show us that these farm animals live in hell.
Animal cruelty in slaughterhouses is horrendous
Animal abuse affects all farm animals: cows, chickens, lambs, calves, pigs, and others.
For example, all animals experience a lack of space and air. Chickens live in cages, a little bigger than themselves. They spent there all their lives with no opportunity to get out, turn around or straighten their legs. They got their beaks cut off to prevent them from damaging other birds.
Artificial fodders contain big numbers of food supplements and antibiotics that are designed to prevent diseases, quickly nourish chickens, and make chickens grow a lot faster. A farm chicken can’t stand on her legs because genetic modifying makes her grow rapidly and disproportionately.
Cows suffer worse because they’re very empathic and quiet creatures. Cow’s and pig’s intelligence can compete with the dog’s one in the terms of empathy, learning, and overall behavior. Cows and pigs need a lot of space for walking, breathing, and communication but they’re spending their whole lives in stuffed, cramped, and anti-sanitary placements.
The ways of how animals are slaughtered couldn’t be called humane also. Make baby chicks are mulched alive because they’re considered as a side-product. Calves are often being killed for veal because they’re valueless for meat producers.
The US Department of Agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture has presented a list of the ways of killing which are considered humane. Gunshots, electroshock, blunt-force trauma, and euthanization are among them. In reality, these methods aren’t humane because animals suffer a lot, mostly because they’re simply afraid of death and understand everything that happens to them. They feel like us and realize that in five minutes they would be dead and killed cruelly and painfully.
Facts and testimonies about animal farming and animal welfare in animal farms tell us that humaneness has nothing to do with animal slaughterhouses and meat production. There’s no way to stop factory farming, even though more and more food manufacturers require certifications and approvals that animals were raised and killed humanely.
There are more than two million animal farms in the USA which breed more than eight billion animals annually. Facts about animal farming concern many people worldwide and now vegan movements are gaining momentum.