10 Words That'll Make Your Skin Crawl

1. Dehorning

Farmers burn or saw off the horns of cattle without anesthetics.

2. Battery Cages

With floor space smaller than a sheet of letter-size paper, egg-laying hens spend their entire lives crammed into tiny wire cages. Unable even to spread their wings, these hens live one to two years until they are considered “spent” and sent off to slaughter.

3. Teeth Clipping

Factory farmers rip out the piglets’ sharp incisor teeth without the use of painkillers.

4. Tail Docking

This involves cutting through the sensitive skin, nerves, and bones of calves' tails without any painkillers. This unnecessary and inhumane practice is condemned by animal welfare experts.

5. Castration

Shortly after birth, male piglets are castrated with a blade or scalpel and no painkillers. Farmers rip out the testicles with their hands.

6. Debeaking

The egg and poultry industries painfully cut off the tips of birds’ beaks, usually with a hot blade.

7. Gestation Crates

So narrow that sows are unable to turn around, gestation crates have been widely denounced as one of the cruelest factory farming practices in the world. In fact, gestation crates are so inhumane they have been banned in nine U.S. states.

8. Macerators

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. Flame Clipping

Once a year dairy farmers use a propane torch to singe the hair around cows’ udders.

10. Thumping

Piglets who are too sick or aren’t growing fast enough are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors.

Animals on factory farms suffer hellish lives of mutilation, extreme confinement, and constant abuse. They endure all of this only to be killed in a slaughterhouse.

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