Wait… Factory Farmers Are Literally Feeding Skittles to Cows?

According to CNN, a truck carrying red Skittles spilled all over a highway in Wisconsin. What happened next will blow your mind.

According to authorities on the scene, the truck traveling in Dodge County carrying hundreds of thousands of tiny candies was destined for a cattle farm.

Yes, factory farmers are feeding candy to cows.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WBAY, a former farmer said that candy makers and bakeries sell rejects to cattle farms for “cheap carbs.” Apparently this has been going on for decades, but the sugary goods became popular during the 2012 corn price surge.

Looking for an inexpensive way to feed thousands of animals, farmers starting feeding them rejected candies and baked goods to fatten them up. According to Ki Fanning, a livestock nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting:
[It] is a very good way for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers.
This isn’t the first time factory farmers have been caught feeding animals something disturbing. To cut production costs, chicken and hog farmers sometimes use the carcasses of dead animals as feed. That’s right, cannibalism is frequent on factory farms.

As if what they’re feeding farmed animals isn’t bad enough, the way they’re treated is absolute torture. Undercover investigations on factory farms around the country have revealed a culture of cruelty: animals intensively confined, painfully mutilated, and brutally slaughtered.

Take a stand and fight this cruelty by leaving meat and other animal products off your plate.

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