Factory Farming Essay
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Poultry is by far the number one meat consumed in America; it is versatile, relatively inexpensive compared to other meats, and most importantly it can be found in every grocery store through out the United States. All of those factors are made possible because of factory farming. Factory farming is the reason why consumers are able to purchase low-priced poultry in their local supermarket and also the reason why chickens and other animals are being seen as profit rather than living, breathing beings. So what is exactly is factory farming? According to Ben Macintyre, a writer and columnist of The Times, a British newspaper and a former chicken farm worker, he summed up the goal of any factory farm “... to produce the maximum quantity of…show more content…
Severely restricted inside the barren cages, the birds are unable to engage in nearly any of their natural habits, including nesting, perching, walking, dust bathing, foraging, or even spreading their wings” (HSUS, 2009). The chicken are not only being held at a confine filthy environment but they are also being feed cheap grain and antibiotics to promote growth in a fast pace. The chicken will grow so big due to the hormone that their bone cannot support their weight, therefore causes leg problem which in result of bone disease. Consumers like children who love chicken nuggets and chicken wings are also ingesting those antibiotics in their body every time they consume poultry that has been treated with growth hormone. After being fed daily with antibiotics, the chicken are big enough to go off to the slaughter house. The only federal law in the United States, which first enacted in 1958 is the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMLSA). That law was to protects farm animals and requires that the animals be rendered insensible to pain before they are slaughtered to ensure a quick, painless death” (Miller, 2010). Even though the chicken are shackled upside down and pass through an electrified water bath that is intended to immobilized them before their throat are slit, the process is so fast and ineffective that the chicken are still conscious when they are having their throat slit, their misery only end when they hit the
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Animal rights are practically non-existent in many different ways today. Factory farming is probably the worst thing they can do to the poor helpless animals. Factory farming effects chickens, cows, pigs, and many other animals that are used for food, milk and eggs. One of the biggest organizations against factory farming is called Compassion Over Killing (COK). They go to great lengths to protest and inform people about animal cruelty.
Chickens have to endure suffering that no living thing should have to go through. The egg laying chickens have to be forced into tiny cages without enough room to stretch their wings. Up to 8 hens are crammed in to a cage that is the size of a folded newspaper, about…show more content…
The chickens are selectively bred and are given special drugs in the food and water to make the chickens grow incredibly fast. Because of the breeding and drugs, a lot of the chickens develop leg problems which make is sometimes impossible to walk and stand so they either can’t get to the food or they can’t reach the water. Also, because of the ammonia in the feces, the chickens often get the skin on their stomachs burnt because the ammonia is so strong and will just sear the feathers and skin. The ammonia is also in the air so it is hard to breath and just think of what is in the chicken that you eat on a daily basis. When the chickens turn 7 weeks old, they are transported to the slaughter house and are hung by their feet and on conveyer belts and they go past a blade that is supposed to slit the chickens throat while conscious which is incredibly painful but sometimes it misses so the chicken is thrown into boiling water alive and usually drowns while getting burnt. After that, the bodies are striped and beheaded and are cut up to be eaten.
Because of the way these chickens a raised and treated, there is no way it can be healthy eating the chickens, or the eggs. The chickens that you eat are pumped full chemicals so they are bigger and fatter but it is obviously not natural for anything to eat these chickens. Plus, it is terribly cruel the way the chickens are handled and “cared for”. I know that most people