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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:13

June 23 , 2010

Environmental Destruction

Vegan Outreach is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

Vegan Outreach

DC VegFest World Farm Animals Day

“Those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people elsewhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests.…

“When nonvegetarians say that ‘human problems come first’ I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals.”

Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, 1990

The following findings were compiled from the executive summary of Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options,* a 2006 report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization:

Hog farm waste lagoons in Georgia (above) and North Carolina (below). Photos courtesy of USDA;

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:14

Climate change: With rising temperatures, rising sea levels, melting icecaps and glaciers, shifting ocean currents and weather patterns, climate change is the most serious challenge facing the human race. The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share than transport….Livestock are also responsible for almost two-thirds (64 percent) of anthropogenic ammonia emissions, which contribute significantly to acid rain and acidification of ecosystems. [See also A Truly Inconvenient Truth.]

Water: The livestock sector is a key player in increasing water use, accounting for over 8 percent of global human water use, mostly for the irrigation of feedcrops. It is probably the largest sectoral source of water pollution, contributing to eutrophication, “dead” zones in coastal areas, degradation of coral reefs, human health problems, emergence of antibiotic resistance and many others. The major sources of pollution are from animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides used for feedcrops, and sediments from eroded pastures.

Manure runoff from a Maryland dairy farm

Land degradation: Expansion of livestock production is a key factor in deforestation, especially in Latin America where the greatest amount of deforestation is occurring – 70 percent of previous forested land in the Amazon is occupied by pastures, and feedcrops cover a large part of the remainder.

Biodiversity: Indeed, the livestock sector may well be the leading player in the reduction of biodiversity, since it is the major driver of deforestation, as well as one of the leading drivers of land degradation, pollution, climate change, overfishing, sedimentation of coastal areas and facilitation of invasions by alien species.

*Note: The term “livestock” refers to all farmed animals, including pigs, birds raised for meat, egg-laying hens, and dairy cows.

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:15

august 14 , 2009

“The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs. The results are disastrous.”

David Brubaker, PhD, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University
Environmental News Network, 9/20/99

According to the EPA’s “Animal Waste: What’s the Problem?”:

Above: Algae bloom from runoff. Below: Runoff of waste.

[T]he growing scale and concentration of AFOs [animal feeding operations] has contributed to negative environmental and human health impacts. Pollution associated with AFOs degrades the quality of waters, threatens drinking water sources, and may harm air quality.

By definition, AFOs produce large amounts of waste in small areas. For example, a single dairy cow produces approximately 120 pounds of wet manure per day. Estimates equate the waste produced per day by one dairy cow to that of 20–40 humans per day.

Manure, and wastewater containing manure, can severely harm river and stream ecosystems. Manure contains ammonia which is highly toxic to fish at low levels. Increased amounts of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from AFOs can cause algal blooms which block waterways and deplete oxygen as they decompose. This can kill fish and other aquatic organisms, devastating the entire aquatic food chain.

“A single dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of wet manure per day, which is equivalent to the waste produced by 20–40 people. That means California’s 1.4 million dairy cows produce as much waste as 28–56 million people.”

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Notes from Underground, Fall 2001

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:18

May 11 , 2008

The prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production just concluded its 2.5-year study of American animal agriculture with unanimous findings from its 15 members. The Commission was chaired by former Kansas governor John Carlin and included, among others, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, former Dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Michael Blackwell, and more.

The panel concluded that factory farms pose unacceptable risks to public health, the environment and animal welfare. It also issued a series of recommendations, including a phase-out of battery cages, gestation crates, veal crates, foie gras, and tail docking of dairy cows, along with inclusion of poultry under the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

The Washington Post story is titled, “Report Targets Cost of Factory Farming.” USA Today’s story begins, “The way America produces meat, milk and eggs is unsustainable, creates significant risks to public health from antibiotic resistance and disease, damages the environment and unnecessarily harms animals, a report released Tuesday says.” The Wall Street Journal’s coverage focuses both on the problems caused by factory farming, and the Commission’s conclusion that the “agriculture industry is exerting ‘significant influence’ on academic research.” And The Des Moines Register’s piece highlights the fact that the Commission is accusing “some livestock interests of trying to disrupt a wide-ranging study of the industry by threatening to yank financing for scientists and universities.”

See also: The Union of Concerned Scientists’ report CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations.

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:19

october 18 , 2009

Horrific crime in a slaughterhouse: ask the Mayor to take action

Horrific crime in a slaughterhouse in Bursa (Turkey): ask the Mayor to take action
Target:
The Mayor of Bursa: recep.altepe@bursa.bel.tr
Sponsored by:
LoVegan Loredana Versaci
The vidoe posted in the website http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=150786374337&h=cQUhD&u=G0bNh&ref=share shows once more, if needed, how humankind can be cruel. It's a slaughterhouse in Bursa, Turkey: the mother cow was dis-emboweled and her unborn calf dragged out from her.
The ownrs got a little fine, we want them to be punished severely and the slaughterhouse to be closed. For good.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:19

October 28, 2009

Heartbreaking video documents a Downed cow's final hours

Last month, we broke our undercover investigation of a Land O'Lakes supplier, which documented filthy living conditions and neglect for the cows on the farm. Thankfully, you—along with tens of thousands of other compassionate PETA supporters—sent letters urging Land O'Lakes to implement and enforce a 12-point animal welfare plan.

Even though our efforts are still going strong on this front, dairy cows continue to suffer on factory farms across the country, and there is more that you can do to help them.

PETA's new video, "Downed," tells the heartbreaking true story of a downed cow left to suffer for hours in the hot sun on a stockyard in Kentucky. Unable to walk, this helpless cow was attacked by dogs and had to drag herself to a clean area to avoid lying in her own feces and urine. Watch this powerful video now, then take that final step toward helping cows—going vegan today.

Thank you for all that you've done, and will continue to do, to help animals.

Chris Holbein
Special Projects Division Manager
PETA

ndercover Investigation Reveals Cows Suffer for Land O'Lakes

Undercover Footage Shot Inside a Land O' Lakes Supplier
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A PETA undercover investigation inside a Land O'Lakes supplier facility in Pennsylvania revealed routine neglect and cruelty to cows whose milk is used for the giant company's products. Over the course of several months, the investigation documented deplorable, filthy conditions for cows on the farm, such as pens that were filled with deep excrement (see video and photos), and cows who suffered from ailments and conditions so severe that they collapsed and became "downers" but were not put out of their misery or given veterinary care in a timely manner, if at all.

Land O'Lakes "inspected" the farm as recently as June 2009 and even noted that there were areas in need of cleaning (including the milking parlor walls!) but approved the facility nonetheless.

Cows on dairy factory farms are not given much more than the numbered tag that is punched through their ears to identify them. Read more about what happened to a few of the cows who lived and died miserably at one such farm.

The farm's owner and one of his sons were caught on video electro-shocking cows who were in too much pain to stand up. One of the farmer's sons kicked a cow and jabbed her with the blade of a pocket knife. The dairy industry's standard forms of cruelty also led to suffering for these cows. In order to make milking easier, cows' tails were amputated by tightly binding them with elastic bands, causing the skin and tissue to slowly die and slough off and leaving the animals unable to swat away flies, which, in addition to tormenting the cows, also led to the spread of disease. Tail-docking is unnecessary and cruel, which is why it has been condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and banned in California.

Dairy farmers don't allow cows―whose pregnancies last for nine months, just like human pregnancies―to spend any significant time with their calves, who are taken away from their mothers shortly after birth. Cows are intelligent animals who can remember things for a long time, and they have the capacity to worry about the future.

PETA's investigation also reveals cows and calves who were kept in pens and barns whose floors were covered with deep excrement, which caused foot and hoof problems and fostered the spread of disease. Calves rescued from the farm had pneumonia, "manure scald," ringworm, pinkeye, and parasites. Some cows suffered respiratory distress and had pus-filled nasal discharge streaming down their faces. Abscesses were common on the farm—some of them burst and oozed pus, even as cows were being milked, as can be seen in our video.

World-renowned meat and dairy industry expert Dr. Temple Grandin, after reviewing the footage, said, "The conditions are absolutely atrocious. ... It was obvious that the place was seldom cleaned and ... that many sick animals were not receiving veterinary treatment. ... The dairy manager totally NEGLECTED his animals. ... Many animals suffer greatly."

Despite overwhelming video and photographic evidence of lame, thin cows left to suffer and die and a cow whose teat was banded and left to rot and fall off—as well as expert testimony that all this constituted cruelty—these suppliers, who abused and severely neglected the cows in their care, avoided a criminal conviction with misleading arguments and excuses, proving that current laws are not enough to protect cows on dairy factory farms. So now it's up to you to help these cows.

Demand that Land O'Lakes implement and enforce a 12-point animal welfare plan to govern all cooperative members' dairy-farming operations, which will eliminate some of the worst abuses to cows raised for their milk. Write to Land O'Lakes Senior Vice President Dan Knutsonnow and urge him to implement the plan today.

Of course, the best way for you to help prevent cows from suffering these abuses is to go vegan and stop consuming dairy products. Sign our pledge to be vegan for 30 days, and we'll send you all the resources that you need to get started.

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:20

September 25, 2009

Thank you for writing to Land O'Lakes

Thank you for speaking up for cows on factory farms by writing to Land O'Lakes. You've taken one step toward helping animals who are repeatedly impregnated and milked for dairy products—are you ready to take another? After years of undercover investigations into suppliers just like these, we have seen countless incidents of cruelty just like this, not only at Land O' Lakes but also throughout the milk, egg, and meat industries.

By pledging to eliminate all dairy products from your diet and to go vegan, you can be sure that your choice of food did not lead to the type of suffering that you witnessed in our undercover video. You'll know that your lunch didn't result in the distress of a mother cow whose own calf was torn away from her shortly after birth, and you'll never have to wonder, "Is there pus in my milk?" Please take this additional huge step for cows and pledge to dump dairy products today. Thank you for your compassion for animals.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:21

October 22 , 2009

Eating with conscience

A smaller meat industry means a better world; one with healthier people, a more sustainable environment, and vastly less animal suffering. You can play a part by cutting back on the animal products you eat—or, better yet, ridding them from your diet entirely. It’s surprisingly easy! To quickly get acquainted with the advantages of eating vegan foods, check out our succinct summary: The Problem with Animal Products.

If you’d like to become vegan, or simply eat fewer animal products, we’ve got you covered. We offer the complete text of Erik Marcus’ book, The Ultimate Vegan Guide, available for free online reading. This short and entertaining book will tell you everything you need to know about convenient and healthful vegan eating. As you explore the consequences of various food choices, you may conclude that eating animal products is out of step with your values, and doesn’t reflect the kind of world you want to live in. If so, we’re here to help!
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:23

december the 6th of 2008

Please remember the animals living on factory farms this holiday season

You have done a lot to stop the suffering of animals on factory farms this year without perhaps realizing it. Your support of PETA has helped lead to the closure of the world's biggest kosher slaughterhouse, brought livestock abuse and neglect charges against farm workers we caught abusing pigs, and helped win a historic victory against the cruel confinement of farmed animals. Now we need your help to bring many more compassionate changes to the lives of animals in 2009.

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Please make a tax-deductible, year-end contribution online right now. In just the past few months, we have won several major victories that changed the lives of countless cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other animals. First, PETA's undercover investigators spent two months in hell on an Iowa pig farm that supplies meat-industry giant Hormel. The investigators caught on tape workers who bashed piglets' heads against concrete floors, abused a sow by spraying toxic paint up her nose and across her face and eyes, and tortured a downed sow with a broken hip, repeatedly kicking her in the face. We have all the evidence on film.

As a result, the Greene County, Iowa, sheriff has filed 22 counts of livestock neglect and abuse against six people employed by the farm during our investigation, and 14 of the counts are the stiffest possible charges under Iowa state law for crimes committed against farmed animals—each carrying up to two years behind bars. This is unprecedented!

With your loyal support for our work, PETA will turn up the heat on Hormel to reform its suppliers, and we will do even more to expose the despicable cruelty that is going on out of sight in slaughterhouses and intensive farming sheds.

Not long after our Hormel investigation, PETA made headlines again by exposing the horrific treatment of cattle by Agriprocessors, the world's largest kosher slaughterhouse. Faced with a number of civil and criminal charges and having lost 76 percent of its employees in one of the largest immigration raids ever, Agriprocessors closed its doors and has filed for bankruptcy. And the good news doesn't end there. The rabbi who was running the place is in jail, and three of the five largest kosher beef slaughterhouses in the U.S. are not currently operating.

Your support this year also helped make possible the landslide victory of Proposition 2, California's precedent-setting ballot initiative that, by 2015, will make it illegal to confine egg-laying hens, calves used for veal, and mother pigs in ways that prevent them from standing, lying down, turning around, and fully extending their limbs. PETA staff and members helped gather signatures by organizing numerous demonstrations using special highly realistic-looking pig models that we imported from New Zealand and by phone-banking in the months before this groundbreaking vote for animals. Now our goal is to build support for similar measures in other states.

This year has been great, and we must build on the victories and keep the momentum for animals going and growing in 2009. In a difficult economy, it is animals who suffer the most. We know that factory farms are even more likely to "cut corners" and cause animals to suffer when money is tight, and some people will cross animals off their giving lists. Your contribution is needed today more than ever so that we can win more victories for animals in the year ahead.

This is the difference that only true friends like you can make. Please help us end the suffering of even more animals by making a tax-deductible, year-end gift today.

Thank you for being such a powerful voice for those whose voices are not heard without our help.

Best wishes and happy holidays!

Kind regards,


Ingrid E. Newkirk
President

P.S. The remarkable victories that we won this year on factory farms have steeled our resolve to do even more for all animals caught up in this cruel industry in 2009. I hope that you will continue to stand with PETA—by making a tax-deductible donation right now—as we fight hard for animals next year.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:24

April 16 , 2008

Pamela Anderson's explicit new video

You won't find my new release at your local cinema. My latest project is an undercover exposé blowing the whistle on the cruel treatment of animals at KFC's factory farm and slaughterhouse suppliers. The video details just how horribly KFC's suppliers treats chickens – birds are so crippled that they can't even walk, live birds are forced into tanks of scalding-hot water while completely conscious and able to feel pain, and in West Virginia, slaughterhouse workers kill birds by slamming them against the wall and stomping on them!

I'm calling on consumers to "Kick the Bucket" and boycott KFC until the company demands to make some simple improvements in the way animals killed for its restaurants are treated. Please sign the petition below to join me and other compassionate consumers everywhere in taking your business elsewhere until the company agrees to take animal welfare seriously.

Of course, the best thing that you can do to help animals is to stop eating them, so please consider trying a vegetarian diet – just like me. And if you don't think cruelty to animals is a strong enough argument for vegetarianism, you might want to read up on how eating meat causes impotence and slows the flow of blood to all the organs, not just to the heart, if you catch my drift.

Pledge to Boycott KFC

I pledge to boycott KFC until it stops selling birds who have had their wings and legs broken, their throats slit, and their bodies dunked into tanks of scalding-hot water while they are still alive and able to feel pain.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:26

April the 15 of 2009

Factory Farms

“U.S. society is extremely naive about the nature of agricultural production. [I]f the public knew more about the way in which agricultural and animal production infringes on animal welfare, the outcry would be louder.”

Bernard E. Rollin, PhD
Farm Animal Welfare
Iowa State U. Press, 2003

Many people believe that animals raised for food must be treated well because sick or dead animals would be of no use to agribusiness. This is not true. The competition to produce inexpensive meat, eggs, and dairy products has led animal agribusiness to treat animals as objects and commodities. The worldwide trend is to replace small family farms with “factory farms”—large warehouses where animals are confined in crowded cages or pens or in restrictive stalls.1

Bernard Rollin, PhD, explains that it is “more economically efficient to put a greater number of birds into each cage, accepting lower productivity per bird but greater productivity per cage…individual animals may ‘produce,’ for example gain weight, in part because they are immobile, yet suffer because of the inability to move…Chickens are cheap, cages are expensive.” In an article recommending space be reduced from 8 to 6 square feet per pig, industry journal National Hog Farmer suggests that “Crowding pigs pays.”3
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:27

June 21 , 2009

Birds

Chickens raised for meat

“In my opinion, if most urban meat eaters were to visit an industrial broiler house, to see how the birds are raised, and could see the birds being ‘harvested’ and then being ‘processed’ in a poultry processing plant, they would not be impressed and some, perhaps many of them would swear off eating chicken and perhaps all meat.”

Peter Cheeke, PhD
Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture
2004 textbook

In the United States, virtually all birds raised for food are factory farmed.4 Inside the densely populated buildings, where they are confined their entire lives, enormous amounts of waste accumulate. The resulting ammonia levels commonly cause painful burns to the birds' skin, eyes, and respiratory tracts.5

As reported in “Settling Doubts About Livestock Stress,” published in the March 2005 issue of Agricultural Research magazine (USDA ARS), "Farmers trim from a third to a half of the beaks off chickens, turkeys, and ducks to cut losses from poultry pecking each other." This causes severe pain for several weeks.8 Some, unable to eat after being debeaked, starve.2 Professor John Webster, of the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Science, has said: “Broilers are the only livestock that are in chronic pain for the last 20% of their lives.

See also: “Enter the Chicken Shed” (PDF); ducks; the life of a broiler; the turkey industry (2006); photos; more photos.

Egg-Laying Hens

Packed in wire cages (the industry average is less than half a square foot of floor space per bird),6 hens can become immobilized and die of asphyxiation or dehydration. Decomposing corpses are found in cages with live birds. Tens of millions (approximately 14%) of egg-laying hens die during production each year. Laying hens in battery cages . Those who survive are removed from the farms when deemed no longer economically viable. Some of these “spent hens” (the industry term for layers who have completed their egg production cycles) are sold for slaughter.

The rest are rendered, composted, or destroyed by other means (e.g., on two California farms, workers fed 30,000 live hens into wood chippers). By the time spent hens are removed for low production, their skeletons are so fragile that many suffer broken bones during catching, transport, or shackling. Male chicks, of no economic value to the egg industry, are typically gassed2 or macerated (ground up alive).9 Maceration is becoming a common method for disposing of male chicks.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:28

June 15 , 2009

Pigs

The Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Animal Welfare Program guidelines do not require that a sow (mother pig) have enough room to walk or turn around, but rather that she actually has enough room to fit in the cage without being forced against the bars.31 Some in the pig industry believe that these regulations that don't allow for walking or turning are something to be proud of: “Hog producers should toot own horn.” In the September 1976 issue of the industry journal Hog Farm Management, John Byrnes advised: “Forget the pig is an animal. Treat him just like a machine in a factory.”
Piglet biting cage .

Today’s pig farmers have done just that. As Morley Safer related on 60 Minutes: “This [motion picture Babe] is the way Americans want to think of pigs. Real-life ‘Babes’ see no sun in their limited lives, with no hay to lie on, no mud to roll in. The sows live in tiny cages, so narrow they can’t even turn around. They live over metal grates, and their waste is pushed through slats beneath them and flushed into huge pits.” On September 17, 2008, the Associated Press reported on a cruelty investigation performed by PETA at a pig farm in Iowa. The report stated in part:

The video, shot by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, shows farm workers hitting sows with metal rods, slamming piglets on a concrete floor and bragging about jamming rods into sows’ hindquarters. At one point in the video, workers are shown slamming piglets on the ground, a practice designed to instantly kill those baby pigs that aren’t healthy enough. But on the video, the piglets are not killed instantly, and in a bloodied pile, some piglets can be seen wiggling vainly. The video also shows piglets being castrated, and having their tails cut off, without anesthesia.
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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Jeu 6 Sep - 8:31

September 16 , 2008

Undercover Investigation Reveals Hormel Supplier's Abuse of Mother Pigs and Piglets

An Iowa Sherriff has announced that 22 charges of livestock neglect and abuse have been filed against six current and former employees of the Hormel supplier that we recently investigated. For more than three months, PETA went undercover at an Iowa pig factory farm, which supplies piglets who are raised and killed for Hormel products. PETA found rampant cruelty to animals committed by workers and supervisors. The farm changed ownership and management during PETA's investigation, but that made no difference to the animals who were born and confined there: Abuse and neglect were widespread during PETA's entire investigation.

The following are just some of the abuses that were documented:

A supervisor shoved a cane into a sow's vagina, struck her on the back about 17 times, and then struck another sow.
Multiple pigs were beaten with metal gate rods, and lacerations were found on more than 30 sows, which is probably evidence of more abuse.
A worker hit a young pig in the face four times with the edge of a herding board, and investigators witnessed dozens of similar incidents involving this worker and 11 other workers.
Two men, including a supervisor, were witnessed jabbing clothespins into pigs' eyes and faces. A supervisor also poked two animals in the eyes with his fingers.
A supervisor kicked a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals to make her move and told PETA's investigator, "You gotta beat on the bitch. Make her cry."
To learn more about the investigation, please watch the video above, view our photo gallery, read the investigators' log notes, and visit our blog.

The findings on this Iowa pig farm, however, were not limited to cruelty to animals. PETA also documented an apparent violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Animals who were to be killed for human consumption were sprayed with a substance that contains gentian violet (a chemical that is linked to certain cancers) thereby making their flesh "adulterated" under federal law.

By purchasing pigs bred and born on this farm and then grown elsewhere before being slaughtered for Hormel products, Hormel is financially supporting an operation whose employees abuse animals.

Please contact Hormel using the form below and demand that the company follow PETA's nine-point policy to govern future pig-farming operations. Since Hormel has been receiving so many e-mails because of this investigation, you might receive a bounce-back e-mail from the company. If you do, please consider following up with a phone call, writing a letter, or filling out the company's online form.

Please send comments to:

Hormel Foods Corporation
Consumer Response
1 Hormel Pl.
Austin, MN 55912
1-800-523-4635

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Ven 7 Sep - 2:31

September 17 , 2008

To help create buzz about the connection between meat consumption and high gas prices, PETA's sexy Lettuce Ladies are back on the road again giving away free gas (and vegan sandwiches) to people at gas stations around the country. In support of their efforts, The PETA Files is giving away BP gas cards to two loyal readers. (See the form below. That's where you enter.)

What does gas for your car have to do with veggies for your stomach? Did ya know that eating just a single pound of meat is the environmental equivalent of driving more than 40 miles in an SUV? That's one big carbon footprint, my friends. You have until September 30, 2008, to enter to win a gas card. We will contact the winners on October 1, 2008.
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22 Charges Filed Based on PETA Investigation at Hormel Supplier
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It's with a proud and ecstatic heart that I report this news today! Our investigation into an Iowa pig farm that breeds piglets destined for Hormel has resulted in 22—that's right, count them—22 criminal charges.

The Greene County Sheriff just announced in a news release that six individuals employed by the farm at the time of PETA's investigation now face a total of 22 counts of livestock neglect and abuse. Those charged include a former farm manager—who we understand still works on another pig factory farm—and a supervisor, as well as two individuals who still punch the clock at the Iowa factory farm as we speak.

A whopping 14 of the counts are aggravated misdemeanors—the stiffest possible charges under Iowa state law for crimes committed against farmed animals—carrying up to two years behind bars. To PETA's knowledge, this is unprecedented.

Charges based on PETA's undercover investigations are now pending against pig factory farmers in both Iowa—the nation's top pig-raising state—and North Carolina, which occupies the second rung on that dubious list!

This is a small victory for farmed animals, but we mustn't forget that Hormel, which financially supports this farm, has by all appearances yet to make any changes as a result of this investigation. It has refused to meet with us or even watch all of the footage, which we have repeatedly offered to show the company. Maybe now that the law has spoken up, Hormel will finally listen. Please, urge Hormel to take action now.
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OCTOBER 23 , 2008

Pixies Frontman Frank Black Is Latest Celeb to Boycott KFC

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When Charles Thompson (aka Black Francis, aka Frank Black) formed the Pixies in 1986, he probably had no idea just how influential the band would become. More than 20 years later, Pixies fans still can't get enough, and thankfully, the Pixies obliged by reuniting once again in 2004—there's even rumors of a new album. Thank you, Pixies! So what else has Frank Black been up to these days, besides a flourishing solo career? Why, saving chickens from KFC!

Ever since we heard the Pixies song "Monkey Gone to Heaven," we thought that Frank Black might have a soft spot for animals and environmental issues, and we were right! He recently signed our petition against fast-food giant KFC because he wants to help end the suffering of chickens at the hands of KFC's suppliers.

What we and Frank Black want you to know is that every year, approximately 850 million chickens are tortured and killed for KFC's restaurants. These sensitive, intelligent birds are crammed by the tens of thousands into crowded, waste-filled sheds, where they spend their entire miserable existence.

Baby chicks' beaks are cut off, and the birds are bred to grow so large that their bodies can't support their own weight, causing them to become crippled and to suffer from broken bones. At the slaughterhouse, the chickens are hung upside-down, and their throats are cut. They are dropped into tanks of scalding-hot water—often while they are still conscious.

We've asked KFC to make simple changes to improve the lives of these birds, but so far, our requests in the U.S. have been ignored. Chickens need your help today!

Please follow Frank Black's lead and do your part to help chickens. Pledge to boycott KFC—except those in Canada—by signing the petition below today!

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October 19 , 2008

Unprecedented Criminal Charges Filed Against Pig-Farm Supervisors, Workers

We have very important news. Last month, we told you about our new undercover investigation on an Iowa pig farm that breeds piglets to supply Hormel. Our investigation revealed that pregnant pigs were confined to barren gestation crates, beaten with metal gate rods, and kicked by farm workers. Workers were documented shocking pigs and spraying toxic paint around their eyes and up their noses, and one supervisor even raped a pig with a cane. We are pleased to announce that the Greene County Sheriff stated in a news release yesterday that six individuals employed by the farm at the time of PETA's investigation now face a total of 22 counts of livestock neglect and abuse. :

http://blog.peta.org/archives/Greene%20County%20Sheriff%2010-23-08%20Press%20Release.pdf

Those charged include a former farm manager and a supervisor. Fourteen of the counts are aggravated misdemeanors—the stiffest possible charges under Iowa state law for crimes committed against farmed animals—and each carry up to two years behind bars. Such charges are unprecedented.

PETA is on the front lines, fighting as hard as ever to expose and end cruelty to animals. We can't and won't let animal suffering and abuse be ignored or forgotten. Please take heart in the results of this investigation and the fact that your help and support makes this victory and everything that we do to help animals possible. And please know that we will continue to expose and end these abuses until the day comes when we bring an end to factory farming.

You can still help! Please forward the video to everyone you know and urge them not to eat pigs or any animals. And if you haven't already written to Hormel to demand that the company follow PETA's eight-point policy to govern future pig-farming operations, please do so now.

Thank you for all that you do for animals!

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October 18 , 2008

Undercover Investigation Reveals Hormel Supplier's Abuse of Mother Pigs and Piglets

An Iowa Sherriff has announced that 22 charges of livestock neglect and abuse have been filed against six current and former employees of the Hormel supplier that we recently investigated. Learn more about the charges. For more than three months, PETA went undercover at an Iowa pig factory farm, which supplies piglets who are raised and killed for Hormel products. PETA found rampant cruelty to animals committed by workers and supervisors. The farm changed ownership and management during PETA's investigation, but that made no difference to the animals who were born and confined there: Abuse and neglect were widespread during PETA's entire investigation.

The following are just some of the abuses that were documented:

A supervisor shoved a cane into a sow's vagina, struck her on the back about 17 times, and then struck another sow.
Multiple pigs were beaten with metal gate rods, and lacerations were found on more than 30 sows, which is probably evidence of more abuse.
A worker hit a young pig in the face four times with the edge of a herding board, and investigators witnessed dozens of similar incidents involving this worker and 11 other workers.
Two men, including a supervisor, were witnessed jabbing clothespins into pigs' eyes and faces. A supervisor also poked two animals in the eyes with his fingers.
A supervisor kicked a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals to make her move and told PETA's investigator, "You gotta beat on the bitch. Make her cry."
To learn more about the investigation, please watch the video above, view our photo gallery, read the investigators' log notes, and visit our blog.

The findings on this Iowa pig farm, however, were not limited to cruelty to animals. PETA also documented an apparent violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Animals who were to be killed for human consumption were sprayed with a substance that contains gentian violet (a chemical that is linked to certain cancers) thereby making their flesh "adulterated" under federal law.

By purchasing pigs bred and born on this farm and then grown elsewhere before being slaughtered for Hormel products, Hormel is financially supporting an operation whose employees abuse animals. Please contact Hormel using the form below and demand that the company follow PETA's nine-point policy to govern future pig-farming operations. Since Hormel has been receiving so many e-mails because of this investigation, you might receive a bounce-back e-mail from the company. If you do, please consider following up with a phone call, writing a letter, or filling out the company's online form.

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Noticia del 17 de noviembre de 2008 :

Turkeys Stomped, Kicked, Punched in Breaking Investigation

The holiday season is upon us, but for turkeys on factory farms, there is nothing to be thankful for. We have just released footage from an undercover investigation that reveals a rarely seen side of the turkey industry. I must warn you that the cruelty to turkeys that we found is horrifying and heart-wrenching.

Men shoved feces and feed in turkeys' mouths and held turkeys' heads under water. One worker bragged about jamming a broom stick 2 feet down a turkey's throat because the turkey had pecked at the worker's back. The same man mimicked raping a turkey hen whom he had pinned against a shed floor.

Others told PETA's investigator that they had killed turkeys, including by hitting them with pieces of lumber and pipes. Workers broke turkeys' necks, sometimes leaving them to suffer for several minutes before trying again or stomping on their heads. A supervisor said that he saw workers kill 450 turkeys with 2-by-4s. Many of the workers kicked and violently threw turkeys, and hens' beaks were cut with dull pliers. You can watch video footage from the investigation here.

Now that our undercover investigator has exposed what the turkey industry does not want America to see, we need you to help turkeys on factory farms by writing to the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and asking it to support PETA's seven-point animal welfare plan, which will help reduce the suffering of turkeys. After writing to the NTF, please consider other ways that you can help birds during this holiday season. You can keep them off your plate this holiday season by choosing mouthwatering vegan options instead, and you can support PETA's work so that we can continue to investigate and stop animal abuse worldwide. :

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Keep birds off your plate this holiday season. Choose mouthwatering vegan options instead.
Write to the National Turkey Federation.
Ask them to support PETA's seven-point animal welfare plan.
Share the investigation video with everyone you know by forwarding this e-mail to friends.
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November 17 , 2008

Breaking Investigation Reveals Holiday Horrors for Turkeys

Following our investigation inside Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., 19 indictments for cruelty to animals have been filed against former employees. This is the first time in U.S. history that factory farm employees have faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds. Learn more on our blog, and please take a moment to renew your call to Aviagen using the form below.

More than 72 million of the nearly 270 million turkeys killed for food every year in the U.S. are slaughtered for holiday meals. This year, just prior to the flesh-focused Thanksgiving holiday, PETA conducted an undercover investigation lasting more than two months at the factory farms of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., the self-proclaimed "world's leading poultry breeding company."

While working at a series of Aviagen factory farms in West Virginia, PETA's investigator documented that workers tortured, mutilated, and maliciously killed turkeys. The following are just a few of the documented offenses:

Employees stomped on turkeys' heads, punched turkeys, hit them on the head with a can of spray paint and pliers, and struck turkeys' heads against metal scaffolding.

Men shoved feces and feed into turkeys' mouths and held turkeys' heads under water. Another bragged about jamming a broom stick 2 feet down a turkey's throat.

A supervisor said he saw workers kill 450 turkeys with 2-by-4s.

One man said he saw a coworker fatally inject turkey semen and sulfuric acid into turkeys' heads.
To learn more, please read the investigator's log notes, view our photo gallery, and visit our blog.

PETA's investigator repeatedly brought abuses to a supervisor's attention. The supervisor responded, "Every once in a while, everybody gets agitated and has to kill a bird." PETA also brought the abuse to the attention of Aviagen, and although the company made assurances and instituted some new rules, the cruelty did not stop.

The suffering typically found on factory farms was also routine in Aviagen's sheds: Hens' beaks were cut with pliers, massive birds collapsed and died of exhaustion or heart attacks, and turkeys were thrown into transport cages.

Please write to Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., and demand that it implement PETA's seven-point animal welfare plan. Also demand that the company pledge to immediately terminate employees caught abusing or neglecting animals in the future (the company claims to have terminated some such workers), and ask the company to cooperate with state and local law enforcement to criminally prosecute all such employees.

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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Ven 7 Sep - 2:36

NOVEMBER 5 2008

PETA took these pig displays to grocery stores around California to get the word out about Prop 2

Let's keep the train on the tracks!

We are pleased as punch to report that—thanks to the hard work of many of you—two important ballot initiatives passed yesterday, making history for animals. California voters approved Proposition 2, which will ban some of the worst cruelty to animals raised for food in that state: keeping egg-laying chickens in battery cages so small that they can't spread their wings, keeping veal calves in crates for their entire miserable short lives, and keeping pregnant pigs in crates so small that they can't take a step forward or backward or turn around. Farmed animals in California will be given these basic necessities by 2015, but we will continue to spread the message that the best thing that people can do to help animals is to stop eating them altogether. Thank you to all the Californians who responded to our phone calls or who got involved after seeing PETA's remarkably lifelike pigs-in-stalls displays outside grocery stores. Millions of chickens, pigs, and cows will be spared horrific suffering, thanks to you.

On the other side of the country, Question 3 passed, which will ban greyhound racing in the state of Massachusetts by 2010. We have long supported the fabulous team of activists there and thank all of you who have worked so tirelessly to see this victory become a reality. Dogs who are used for racing typically spend 20 hours per day confined to cages measuring only 32 in. by 42 in. by 34 in. Many of the dogs can't even stand completely upright. The animals are also highly susceptible to injuries, including fractures, dislocations, lacerations, and amputations. And because injured dogs are no longer of use to the industry, they are often simply killed.

The impact of both these important initiatives is tremendous for the millions of animals whose lives will be affected by them. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of you who worked toward their passage. While you celebrate these hard-earned victories, please do something extremely important: Remember the words "One can make a difference" and commit to keeping the momentum on the animals' side by redoubling your efforts. Leaflet this weekend at KFC. Talk with more friends about buying cruelty-free products and clothing. Visit our Action Center for dozens of great ideas on how you can take action, and choose some that appeal to you.

Together, we can keep the momentum going!


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MessageSujet: Re: Meat    Ven 7 Sep - 2:37

4 de noviembre de 2008

Pigs on Factory Farms

Mother pigs are confined to cages so small that they can’t even turn around.

Many people think of Charlotte’s Web and Babe when they imagine how pigs are raised for meat. Unfortunately, these Hollywood tales do not depict reality. Almost all of the 100 million pigs killed for food in the United States every year endure horrific conditions in controlled animal feeding operations (CAFOs), the meat industry’s euphemism for factory farms.5 Smarter than dogs, these social, sensitive animals spend their lives in overcrowded, filthy warehouses, often seeing direct sunlight for the first time as they are crammed onto a truck bound for the slaughterhouse.6

A mother pig, or sow, spends her adult life confined to a tiny metal crate. She will never feel the warmth of a nest or the affectionate nuzzle of her mate—she will spend her life surrounded by thick, cold metal bars, living on wet, feces-caked concrete floors. When she is old enough to give birth, she will be artificially impregnated and then imprisoned again for the entire length of her pregnancy in a “gestation crate,” a cage only 2 feet wide—too small for her even to turn around or lie down in comfortably.7

After giving birth, a mother pig is moved to a “farrowing crate,” a contraption even worse and smaller than a gestation crate, with only a tiny additional concrete area on which the piglets can nurse.8 Workers will sometimes tie the mother’s legs apart so she cannot get a break from the suckling piglets. She may develop open “bed sores” on her body from the lack of movement. This practice is so barbaric that gestation crates have been banned in Florida, the U.K., and Sweden and will be banned in the European Union in 2013.9,10


Pigs develop sores from living in filthy conditions that are too cramped to even stand up in.

When pregnant sows are ready to give birth, they are moved from a gestation crate to a farrowing crate. One worker describes the process: “They beat the shit out of them [the mother pigs] to get them inside the crates because they don’t want to go. This is their only chance to walk around, get a little exercise, and they don’t want to go [back into a crate].”11



The piglets are taken away from their mother after less than a month—in nature, they would stay with their mother for several months.12 She is impregnated again, and the cycle of forced breeding and imprisonment continues. For such an intelligent animal, this intensive confinement causes debilitating stress and boredom. With nothing to do but stare at the bars in front of her, a mother pig may go insane. This is often exhibited by neurotic chewing on the cage bars or obsessive pressing on her water bottle.13 After three or four years, when her body is exhausted and her mind pushed to or even past the brink of insanity, she is shipped off to slaughter.


Piglets are mutilated and castrated without the use of painkillers; some die from shock.

Meanwhile, the sow’s piglets have their testicles cut out of their scrotums, their tails cut off, many of their teeth clipped in half, and their ears mutilated, all without any pain relief.16 Terrified and in extreme pain, the piglets are often put alone into tiny metal wire cages (called “battery cages” by the farmers). These cages are stacked on top of each other, and urine and excrement constantly fall on the piglets in the lower cages. After the piglets have grown too big for the cages, they are placed into small, cramped pens crowded with many other piglets, where they are kept until they are large enough for slaughter. The animals are given almost no room to move because, as one pork-industry journal put it, “[O]vercrowding pigs pays.”17 Impeccably clean by nature, pigs on factory farms are forced to live in their own feces, vomit, and even amid the corpses of other pigs.
Pigs in factory farms never get to go outside until they are sent to slaughter.

Overcrowding, poor ventilation, and filth cause rampant disease. Respiratory problems are common because of high levels of humidity and toxic gases from the manure pits—in fact, 70 percent of pigs on factory farms have pneumonia by the time they’re sent to the slaughterhouse.16 Many pigs die from infections caused by the noxious fumes and filth of their enclosures. Pigs are fed massive doses of antibiotics to keep them alive in these conditions. Conditions are so filthy that at any given time, more than one-quarter of pigs suffer from mange.18

Because of illness, lack of space to exercise, and genetic manipulation that forces them to grow too big too fast, pigs often develop arthritis and other joint problems.19 Many pigs on factory farms live on slatted floors above giant manure pits. Smaller pigs often suffer severe leg injuries when their legs get caught between the slats.20

Always concerned with their bottom line, some farmers kill sick animals instead of giving them medicine or veterinary care. A PETA investigation found that a manager at an Oklahoma farm was killing pigs by beating them with metal gate rods, and others were left to die without food or water. Unwanted “runts” were killed, as they are on most farms, by “thumping,” which involves slamming the animals’ heads against the floor.21 Watch video from that investigation.

After enduring months in these hellish conditions, pigs are forced onto trucks, bound for a horrific and agonizing death at the slaughterhouse.

Read about transport and slaughter.


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5 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “Pigmeat, Slaughtered/Production Animals (Head) 2002,” 10 Jun. 2003.
6 Cambridge Daily News.
7 Marc Kaufman, “In Pig Farming, Growing Concern,” The Washington Post, 18 Jun. 2001.
8 Kaufman.
9 The Humane Society of the United States, “Maryland: Support Minimum Crate Size for Pregnant Pigs,” HSUS Online, 2005.
10 The European Union, “Animal Health and Welfare: Pigs,” The European Union Online (Europa), 2005.
11 Eisnitz, p. 219.
12 Lauren Ornelas and Juliet Gellatley, “A Report on the U.S. Pig Industry,” Viva! USA, 2004.
13 A.J. Zanella and O. Duran, “Pig Welfare During Loading and Transport: A North American Prespective,” I Conferencia Vitrual Internacional Sobre Qualidade de Carne Suina, 16 Nov. 2000.
14 James Cromwell, “Veterinarians Should Act to Stop Crating of Pregnant Pigs,” The Chicago Sun-Times, 6 Nov. 2004.
15 William Luce et al., “Managing the Sow and Litter,” Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, March 1995.
16 Gene and Lorri Bauston, “Brutality: Main Crop of Factory Farms?” EarthSave International Online, 2004.
17 “Swine Diseases (Chest): Mycoplasma Pneumonia,” Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2005.
18 IVOMEC Pharmaceutical advertisement, Pork Magazine, 17 Dec. 2002.
19 Cindy Wood, “Don’t Ignore Feet and Leg Soundness in Pigs,” Virginia Cooperative Extension, June 2001.
20 Jessica Gentry and John McGlone, “Alternative Pork Production Systems: Overview of Facilities, Performance Measures, and Meat Quality,” International Meeting on Swine Production, April 2003.
21 “Seaboard Pig Farm Investigation Video,” PETA Online, 2001.
22 Kelly Pedro, “Pigs Found Dead, Dying,” The London Free Press, 15 Oct. 2003.
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Noticia del 6 de noviembre de 2008 :

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Victory: First-Ever Felony Charges of Cruelty to Factory-Farmed Birds
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In a huge victory for animals, a grand jury has issued 19 indictments for cruelty to animals against three former employees of Aviagen Turkeys, Inc. And it gets better—11 of the indictments are on felony charges. This marks the first time in U.S. history that factory-farm employees have faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds.

These indictments are the result of PETA's undercover investigation at Aviagen's factory farms in West Virginia, which uncovered workers stomping, kicking, throwing, and killing turkeys in unimaginably cruel ways. Our investigator's video footage was seen by the West Virginia State Police, whose investigator then conducted his own prompt and thorough investigation, leading to these indictments in Greenbrier County. Next stop: Monroe County, where we anticipate additional charges to be filed for similar acts committed there.

It's great to see the authorities take this case seriously. But Aviagen itself? Not so much.

As you may recall, a couple of weeks back, a whistleblower told us that some of the turkey torturers were still employed by Aviagen, despite the company's promise to fire all the workers caught violating its purported animal-welfare policies. PETA's letter to the company president about this has gone unanswered. And Aviagen has refused to give any specific details about the actions it claims to have taken. So, as far as we can tell, Aviagen hasn't yet implemented even one of the seven improvements we suggested to them. If you're as riled about this as we are, please take a minute to ask Aviagen executives to stop sitting on their thumbs and take some specific steps toward preventing the continued torture of birds in the company's sheds.

Bet these indictments have got them sitting up and paying attention, though. And not just at Aviagen (I'm looking at you, Butterball, Pilgrim's Pride, and Tyson). And I suspect the charges might make those drumsticks a little harder for some folks to swallow too.
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Cruelty to Animals: Mechanized Madness

The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today's factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise their families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural to them. They won't even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.

Animals on today's factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats: neglect, mutilation, genetic manipulation, and drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions.

The factory farming system of modern agriculture strives to maximize output while minimizing costs. Cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and other animals are kept in small cages, in jam-packed sheds, or on filthy feedlots, often with so little space that they can't even turn around or lie down comfortably. They are deprived of exercise so that all their bodies' energy goes toward producing flesh, eggs, or milk for human consumption. The giant corporations that run most factory farms have found that they can make more money by cramming animals into tiny spaces, even though many of the animals get sick and some die. Industry journal National Hog Farmer explains, "Crowding Pigs Pays," and egg-industry expert Bernard Rollins writes that "chickens are cheap; cages are expensive."

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They are fed drugs to fatten them faster and to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them, and they are genetically altered to grow faster or to produce much more milk or eggs than they would naturally. Many animals become crippled under their own weight and die within inches of water and food.

While the suffering of all animals on factory farms is similar, each type of farmed animal faces different types of cruelty.
Chickens killed for their flesh in the United States are bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their hearts, lungs, and limbs often can't keep up. Read more about chickens.
Hens used for eggs live six or seven to a battery cage the size of a file drawer, thousands of which are stacked tier upon tier in huge, filthy warehouses. Read more about laying hens.
Cattle are castrated, their horns are ripped out of their heads, and third-degree burns (branding) are inflicted on them, all without any pain relief. Read more about cows raised for their flesh.
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Cows used for their milk are drugged and bred to produce unnatural amounts of milk; they have their babies stolen from them shortly after birth and sent to notoriously cruel veal farms so that humans can drink the calves' milk. Read more about dairy cows.
Mother pigs on factory farms are confined to crates so small that they are unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. Read more about pigs.
Fish on aquafarms spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy enclosures, and many suffer from parasitic infections, diseases, and debilitating injuries. Conditions on some farms are so horrendous that 40 percent of the fish may die before farmers can kill and package them for food. Read more about fish.
Turkeys' beaks and toes are burned off with a hot blade. Many suffer heart failure or debilitating leg pain, often becoming crippled under the weight of their genetically manipulated and drugged bodies. Read more about turkeys.
When they have finally grown large enough, animals raised for food are crowded onto trucks and transported over many miles through all weather extremes to the slaughterhouse. Those who survive this nightmarish journey will have their throats slit, often while they are still fully conscious. Many are still conscious when they are plunged into the scalding water of the defeathering or hair-removal tanks or while their bodies are being skinned or hacked apart.

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