The Cruel Truth About Factory Farms -- Don't Read If You're Squeamish
October 25, 2007
Corporations have turned family-farming methods into cost-saving, mass-production strategies, which endanger public health and treat animals cruelly.
Also known as large confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), factory farms treat animals like production units, and the result is poor food quality for you, and inhumane conditions for the animals.
Consider some of the ingredients commonly used in factory-farmed animal feed:
Antibiotics fed to factory-farmed animals are so grossly overused that they are contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States.
- Excessive grains, fed to animals designed to eat grass
- Plastic pellets, fed to animals as "roughage" because the factory diet doesn't contain natural fiber
- Meat from their own species, turning farm animals into cannibals (this practice has also been linked to the spread of mad cow disease)
- Animal byproducts, such as feathers, blood, intestines, euthanized cats and dogs, and road kill
- Drugs and chemicals, including antibiotics (an estimated 13.5 million pounds each year) and antimicrobials (which promote the accumulation of arsenic in chickens)
Meanwhile, according to this NewsTarget.com article, "Approximately 95% of factory-raised animals are subject to deplorable conditions such as overcrowding, hunger, thirst, and sometimes-fatal weather extremes. Many times, they are kept conscious or even skinned alive during the process of slaughtering."
NewsTarget.com October 8, 2007