If slaughterhouses had glass walls we'd all be vegetarian, but they do not. Abattoirs are opaque, disguised in the interest of denial to ensure that we do not see the suffering of these animals, but who wants to see? Willful ignorance cannot be undermined, people often cling on to the vague belief that conditions might not be that bad, however, it is not the inability to find the facts, but rather the desire not to know things that might lay heavy on our conscience. The commercialization of animals means that the value of their lives are reduced to their utility, relative to our selfish interests. Let's explore the plight of the animals; first, their lives before the slaughtering, factory farms are money driven industries that will push to maximize profits regardless of the ill-health and stress this might inflict on the animal. Feeding them cheap unnatural products, deprived of social interaction, fresh air and sunlight, denied freedom of movement, confining them to cages, where they are more susceptible to illnesses and toxins, while developing deformed limbs. To counteract these issues they are pumped with antibiotics and hormones, pesticides and additives. Their life spans are shortened - cows from twenty years to eighteen months, Chickens from ten years to fifty days, and pigs from 12 years to 6 months. Purely for efficiency and profit increase, mass producing another commodity for our indulgence. Not forgetting to mention the artificial re-impregnation for milk-production, and then separation of them from their young, ”shipping-fever" from the stress of transportation, (Powell, Veronika 2014) iron-heated branding, removal of horns, beaks and wings they must endure.Secondly, factories use a variety of ways to inflict unconsciousness on the animal before bleeding them, in the UK these methods include electrified bath water for birds, captive bolt pistols and electrical stunning. Electrical stunning is supposed to be the most humane way to kill, but...
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