Piglets who are too sick, or who aren’t growing fast enough, are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors.
Farmers burn or saw off the horns of cattle without anesthetics. This cruel practice, which often leads to infection, is 100 percent legal.
3. Tail Docking
Although outlawed in a few states, tail docking is a relatively common practice. It involves cutting through the sensitive skin, nerves, and bones of calves’ tails without any painkillers. This purposeless and inhumane practice has been condemned by animal welfare experts.
Perpetrated by the egg and poultry industries, debeaking is to painfully cut off the tip of a bird’s beak, usually with a hot blade.
Shortly after birth, male piglets are castrated without the use of painkillers. Farmers use a blade or scalpel to pull out the testicles.
Since male chicks will never lay eggs and don’t grow quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat, they’re killed within hours of hatching. These young animals are often ground up alive in macerators.
7. Extreme Confinement
In an effort to maximize profit, animals on factory farms are kept in cramped, disease-ridden conditions, and many won’t see the sun until they’re on their way to the slaughterhouse.
8. Antibiotic Overuse
Because factory farms are filthy, disease and infection run rampant. Eighty percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are administered to farmed animals. While these drugs are sometimes used to prevent and treat illness in farmed animals, they’re also used in low doses to make animals grow more quickly.
To cut production costs, chicken and hog farmers sometimes use the carcasses of dead animals as feed.
10. Breaking Up Families
On modern-day farms babies are often ripped away from their mothers, leading to severe distress for both mothers and their young.
These heartbreaking and barbaric acts are ALL 100 percent legal and go to show the complete disrespect for animals on farms.
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