According to The Guardian, new research shows a growth in what are being described as “US-style mega farms in England.
New reports gathered by The Guardian show a 26 percent increase in factory farming in the past six years, with a factory farm in nearly every county in England. In fact, Herefordshire has more than 16 million farmed animals, which means the county has 88 times more chickens, pigs, and cows than humans.
It’s reported that most of these farms have gone unnoticed mainly because farmers have expanded existing facilities. But now many citizens worry about the impact these farms have on their communities and voice concerns over animal abuse.
An increase in factory farms should worry everyone. Just look at how industrial farming has affected communities, the environment, and animals in the United States.
In North Carolina, pig factory farms produce nearly 10 billion gallons of feces and urine each year, enough to fill 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. According to the North Carolina Riverkeepers and Waterkeeper Alliance, pigs produce about 10 times as much feces as humans.
Most of this waste is stored in large open-air lagoons, which turn pink from bacteria. Farmers often spray this bacteria-laden waste into fields and air. This toxic air has sickened residents, who have reported symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, excessive coughing, watery eyes, and nausea.
As if the environmental and health risks weren’t terrible enough, animals at modern farms are treated as mere objects, and their short lives are filled with torture and pain. Cows, pigs, and chickens are subjected to extreme confinement, barbaric mutilations, and horrific deaths.
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