10 Faces the Meat Industry Wants You to Forget

The meat industry spends millions of dollars in glossy advertising each year, attempting to entice people into eating animals. What they don’t show you are the faces of these innocent animals who are needlessly tortured on factory farms. Have a look:

1. A warmhearted piglet who is terrified.

Piglets on factory farms have their tails painfully sliced into and yanked off with dull clippers. Males are painfully castrated. All of this is done without anesthetics.

2. Docile hens who long for freedom.

Egg-laying hens are confined in cages so small they’re unable to stretch their wings, move freely, or engage in other basic behaviors.

3. This calf who is afraid and misses his mother.

The dairy industry rips baby calves away from their mothers when they’re only a day old. This calf will be slaughtered for veal, a byproduct of the dairy industry.

4. A gentle sheep who was beaten before being sold at a livestock auction.

Livestock auctions across America serve as the way stations between farms and slaughterhouses for millions of animals who are raised and sold for slaughter.

5. This tortured catfish who was skinned alive.

Farmers use pliers to pull the skin off of live fish. Dozens are crammed into buckets and baskets, gasping for oxygen. They’re often flailing and struggling, trying to escape the workers’ knives.

6. This pig who doesn’t want to be beaten anymore.

On factory farms workers tattoo sows by repeatedly driving sharp metal spikes into their flesh.

7. A baby duck who just wanted to live.

Ducks on factory farms suffer from illness and injuries without proper veterinary care. Often trapped in or under wire cage flooring, they’re left to slowly suffer and die.

8. This piglet who could have had a long life ahead of him.

It’s standard practice in the pork industry to “thump piglets. Thumping is when farmers slam the pigs headfirst into the ground because they won’t meet a size requirement or are sick and deemed a waste.

9. A sweet cow tired of being mercilessly abused.

Cows exploited for dairy are impregnated over and over again to produce milk. When their milk production slows down, they’re slaughtered for meat.

10. This turkey who just wanted to walk freely.

On factory farms, turkeys are bred to grow so large they can’t fly or walk. Many suffer from crippling leg deformities, heart attacks, and other ailments caused by rapid growth.

While these images are painful to see, there is hope. As consumers we can choose to support kindness over cruelty by adopting a compassionate vegan diet. Click here to order your FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide today.