November 24, 2008
Factory -farming is not only irresponsible and in many ways a form of animal abuse, it’s also an existing danger to consumers buying animal products which aren’t properly taken care of or sanitized. For most American consumers today the concept of where there food really came from, or what kind of life an animal led before it was Sunday’s dinner doesn’t cross their mind. In the past, animal derived food products have been linked to but not restricted to such illnesses as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and even cancer. Due to the high demand for food production such as meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs, an animal’s quality of life has gone down dramatically in the past years. What does that mean? That means animals are being bred at a higher rate, pumped up with steroids, and being confined to smaller quarters. In actuality factory farmed animals, chickens especially, are being bred at such a high rate most of them will never spend one day outside of their 16 x 16 cell. According to a study conducted on Factory-Farming.com chickens kept in such conditions have been reported to be limited from fully extending its legs, or wings. For a full grown chicken or hen, the cell doesn’t allow them to even completely turn around. Confining these animals to conditions like this has led to severe bruising, abrasions on the animals body from constant rubbing against wire, and in some cases even feather loss. These animals aren’t being exposed to the proper amount of exercise because the farmer wants all the animals’ energy to be directed towards growing, or laying eggs for human consumption. The animals are fed hormones and drugs to fatten them up and make them grow bigger, they are also genetically altered to grow faster making them produce more eggs and milk then natural. In some cases the hen may become crippled by its own weight and dies. These animals will never have a day outside of a cage, raise families, or even feel...
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