Animal Cruelty on Factory Farms
“This is horrible! I can’t even watch this!” Those were my immediate thoughts the first time my eyes were opened to the inhumane animal cruelty on factory farms. Factory farming enables mass production to supply the demands of today’s society but also enables the cruel treatment of animals. We need to end the cruelty and abuse that these animals have to endure at the factory farms because it causes loss to the business, reduces the quality of the product produced, and endangers the health of those who buy the product. We can promote humane treatment of factory farm animals by prevention through education, by enforcing humane laws by being an example of humane animal treatment, and by donating and/or volunteering at local humane law enforcement agencies. Cruelty and abuse of animals on factory farms cause loss to the business. Animals at the farms are injected with growth stimulants so that they can grow faster. According to Professor Ronald J. Adams, “A three-pound chicken can now be grown in approximately 6 week, a process that used to take four months (Adams, 2008).” The cost of the growth hormone is costing the company unnecessary money when all the animals need is more time. The use of growth hormone has been found to “increase bacterial udder infections in cows…increasing the need for antibiotics (Food safety, 2007).” Antibiotics are mixed into the animal feed “to fight disease associated with close confinement and stress (Adams, 2008).” Animals on the farms are forced to be inhumanely closely confined which creates great stress to the animals. One farmer who “stopped using antibiotics saved $12,000 a year (Weeks, 2007).” According to an article from Food and Water Watch, seventy “percent of all antimicrobials used in the United States are fed to livestock…25 million pounds…annually, more than 8 times the amount used to treat disease in humans (Food safety, 2007).” Without the use of antibiotics and without confined space, factory farms would save a great deal of money. According to an Instructor of Business Ethics, Zuzworsky stated, “Because (chickens) spend their lives in cages too small, their bones become to brittle….the chickens go to slaughter unstunned (Zuzworsky, 2001).” The electrical device or gun that stuns the chickens is a costly item that goes unused many times and the chickens have to suffer. If the chickens were not kept in such small cages, their bones would not be so brittle and stunning would be not only humane, but effective. Cruelty and abuse of animals on factory farms reduces the quality of the product produced. Contamination of the meat is a problem from poor conditions that the animals have to endure such as standing in their own waste and next to carcasses of diseased animals. The animals at these factories go at times without food, water, or rest. This makes the animal deteriorate. The deterioration of the animals then causes the protein in the animals to decrease. Cruelty and abuse of animals on factory farms endangers the health of those who buy the product. As mentioned earlier, antibiotics are given to the animals. Professor Ronald J. Adams states that “use of antibiotics lead to increased antibiotic resistance in humans (Adams, 2008).” This is becoming a widespread problem for the treatment of infections. Humans have to complete a longer course of antibiotics which often have to be given under the care of a healthcare provider due to the need of intravenous antibiotics. “Countries that have banned the use of antibiotics in animal production have seen a decrease in resistance (Food safety, 2007).” Also mentioned above was the injection of growth hormones, which “could affect the hormonal balance of humans, causing reproductive issues and breast, prostate, or colon cancer (Food safety, 2007).” People living near the factories are at a higher health risk from the waste of the animals contaminating the water. “These facilities...
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