Every year, an estimated 70 billion land animals, including cows, chickens, pigs, turkeys, and sheep, are raised and killed for food worldwide. Roughly two-thirds of the world’s farm animals are born on factory farms, and approximately 160 million of these animals are transported to slaughterhouses to be killed every day. Please take a stand against the farming and killing of vulnerable animals for food!
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Factory farming is an intensive form of animal agriculture that aims to produce as many animals as possible to maximize profits. Animals are reared in overcrowded facilities with minimal legal protections. They are kept in abhorrent conditions and subjected to horrifically cruel practices. Animals may be confined to tiny cages that are so small they cannot turn around, lie down, or stretch their wings. The tails, beaks, horns, testicles, or toes of animals may be cut or burned off without painkillers. Trillions of fish are also reared in underwater farms or captured from their natural habitats every year.
The lives of all animals who are killed for food are cut drastically short. Male chicks are ground up alive since they cannot produce eggs or breast meat, and are therefore viewed as “useless.” Piglets are killed by slamming their skulls against the ground. Calves are stolen from their grieving mothers, typically within moments of birth. If they are not immediately killed, male calves are forced into cramped crates that restrict their movement and muscle development. They are then slaughtered for veal. The majority of female calves are forcibly impregnated over and over until they can longer produce milk. They are then slaughtered for meat.
Our global food system not only accounts for the mass slaughter of vulnerable animals, but it is also incredibly resource-intensive. One-third of the world’s cereal crops are grown to feed land animals to produce meat, eggs, and dairy products. Large quantities of water are required to grow these crops and sustain the animals until slaughter. Factory farms also produce large amounts of animal waste, which contaminates water sources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Commission indicates that global meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all trains, cars, and airplanes combined.
Reports also indicate that “plant-based agriculture grows 512% more pounds of food than animal-based agriculture on 69% of the mass of land that animal-based agriculture uses.” In short, growing and consuming plants is far more sustainable than raising and killing animals for food.
Beyond the catastrophic animal cruelty and sustainability issues, the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs is strongly linked to the increased risk of developing Type II diabetes, some cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and more. Studies indicate that a vegan diet can protect against or improve various health conditions.
Factory farming and the consumption of animal products are responsible for billions of animal deaths, the unprecedented wasting of the world’s natural resources, the development of illnesses and diseases, and the ever-growing threats associated with the climate crisis.
You can take a stand against the atrocities of factory farming by committing to a vegan lifestyle and advocating for animals whose cries go ignored.
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