1. On factory farms, piglets have their tails painfully sliced into and yanked off with dull clippers. Males suffer agonizing castration. All of this is done to them without anesthetics.
2. Egg-laying hens are confined in cages so small the birds are unable to stretch their wings, walk freely, or engage in other basic behaviors.
3. In an effort to maximize profit, factory farmers keep animals in cramped, disease-ridden conditions. Many won’t see the sun until they’re on their way to the slaughterhouse.
4. Farmers use pliers to pull the skin off of live fish. Dozens of fish, gasping for oxygen, are crammed into buckets and baskets. They often flail and struggle trying to escape the workers’ knives.
5. 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.
6. It’s standard practice in the pork industry to “thump piglets. This is when farmers slam the piglets headfirst into the ground because they won’t meet a size requirement or are sick and deemed a waste.
7. Cows exploited for dairy are impregnated over and over again to produce milk. When their milk production slows down, they’re slaughtered for meat.
8. 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.
9. Tail docking is a relatively common practice. It involves cutting through the sensitive skin, nerves, and bones of calves’ tails without any painkillers.
10. Done by the egg and poultry industries, debeaking is when factory farmers painfully cut off the tip of a bird’s beak, usually with a hot blade.
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