||THE ANIMALS - Eating animal products supports cruelty to animals. More than 27 billion animals are killed for food every year in the United States. Animals on factory farms are treated with extreme cruelty and an intensely harsh disregard for life.
Chickens: Within days of birth, female chickens have their beaks seared off with a hot blade. They are then crammed into cages so small they cannot spread their wings and eventually become covered with excrement from cages above them. These chickens suffer lameness and bone disease. Males are discarded as trash; killed by suffocation, decapitation, gassing, or crushing.
Cows: Females become dairy cows and artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. After giving birth, they lactate for 10 months, then they are re-inseminated, and the cycle starts again. When prodution rates decline, they are slaughtered. Male calves are torn from thier mothers and sold to veal farms within days of birth, where they are tethered to a stall, deprived of food and exercise, and slaughtered for meat.
Pigs: Mother pigs spend most of their lives in individual crates which are too small for them to turn around. After giving birth, the piglets are taken from their mothers. The sow is impregnated again and the cycle continues for three or four years before she too is slaughtered. The piglets are packed into pens. Farmers chop off their tails, castrate the males, and use pliers to break off the ends of their teeth—with no anesthetics.
All of these animals are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, or both to make them grow quicker and to keep them alive through extremely horrible conditions including stress and disease that would kill them if they were not drugged. They spend their brief lives in crowded and ammonia-filled conditions, drugged, mutilated, and deprived of the most basic freedoms-sunlight, fresh air, grass beneath their feet. They are ultimately prodded and crammed onto trucks for a hellish ride to the slaughterhouse, often through extreme weather conditions and always without food or water. The animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit, often while they’re fully conscious. Some are even skinned and dismembered while still alive.