Factory farmers can’t hide from our drones.
Eyes in the Skies
MFA’s drone investigations provide a disturbing glimpse of factory farming’s devastating impact on animals, the environment, and rural communities. Equipped with high-tech video cameras, drones fly above factory farms and slaughterhouses, capturing the nightmarish scale of these facilities.
Drone footage has exposed large manure lagoons, piles of animal corpses, and warehouse-type sheds where animals suffer intensive crowding and confinement. Often going viral, MFA’s drone investigation videos have received tens of millions of views on social media.
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Most mother cows live in barren corrals. They stand all day in dirt, mud, and their own waste.
Chickens and pigs are packed by the thousands into windowless warehouse-type buildings. In these sheds, the animals never see daylight or breathe fresh air.
Industrial farms collect millions of gallons of toxic animal waste in massive open-air pits, often larger than several football fields.
To lower the levels in these cesspits, facilities pump out the waste and spray it onto fields in a fine mist that drifts into nearby homes and schools.
Factory farms harm surrounding communities. Farm facilities are often built around low-income neighborhoods whose residents have little financial or political power to fight back.
The stench of sewage and the noxious gases from the farms can make breathing difficult. Neighbors worry about their health and the health of their kids and grandkids.
By the Numbers
drone investigations released by MFA
views of MFA's drone videos on social media
factory farms investigated by MFA drones
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