Factory Farming is defined as an industrialised food system that sees large numbers of livestock raised indoors, in conditions intended to increase production at a minimal cost.
According to the Sentience Institute it is estimated that 90% of farmed animals are currently living in Factory Farms under some pretty shocking conditions.
Inhumane treatment occurs on factory farms wherever animal cruelty is ignored, unfortunately there are differing definitions of cruelty between CEO's of mega meat companies and those used by grassroots animal advocates. While producers often claim to root out inhumane treatment of farmed animals wherever possible, it is our belief that factory farms are inherently inhumane.
When routine factory farming practices are taken into consideration, such as separating mother cows from infants, which often results in mothers crying for days; castrating male animals without anesthetics; or never once allowing animals to experience the outdoors, except for a terrifying journey in the back of a truck making its way to a slaughterhouse. There is little about the experience of farmed animals in the factory farming system that appears to be humane!
Chickens use their beaks in the same way humans use their hands to explore their environment; pecking at food and other objects 14,000 to 15,000 times each day. When chickens are faced with factory farming conditions—like overcrowding & boredom—they often turn this pecking behaviour onto fellow chickens, resulting in injury, cannibalism, and even death. Rather than provide chickens with more freedom, many companies instead cut off parts of the chickens’ beaks. Using a machine equipped with a hot blade, top beaks are cut either by half or two-thirds, while the bottom beak is trimmed by a quarter of its length. There is evidence that debeaking causes pain to chickens both during the cutting and chronically throughout their lives.
Animals on factory farms, such as cows, pigs, and sheep, routinely have their tails removed—a process known as tail-docking, a procedure generally carried out without any anaesthetic. Tail docking inflects the long-term pain to animals. Tail-docking is done for a number of reasons. In pigs, the stressful, unnatural conditions on factory farms drive the animals to bite one another’s tails, causing injuries and sometimes infections. Tail-docking is designed to remove the tuft of hair at the end of the tail that can lure other pigs to bite. In cows, tail-docking is performed to make milking easier and more comfortable for workers. Tail-docking is prohibited in several European countries, but many countries worldwide have yet to ban the practice.
Extreme confinement is the defining feature of factory farms. It causes boredom, frustration, stress, and other serious welfare concerns for farmed animals. Many chickens raised for meat (also known as broiler chickens) are kept in battery cages, with roughly the same amount of space as a piece of lined paper. Female pigs used for breeding are held in gestation crates so small that they cannot turn around for the duration of their lives and milking cows spend their entire lives tied to a single stall. Many factory farmed animals never see the light of day.
Factory farmed animals are often genetically manipulated to increase farm outputs. For example, Broiler Chickens are designed to grow bigger breasts as breast meat gives a greater financial return. The additional breast weight is unnatural for chickens and causes a host of health conditions as they age. Genetic modification carries risks to both human and animal health. Over time, acquiring such desired traits in farmed animals can lead to each individual becoming nearly genetically identical, which increases the already-high pandemic risk inside factory farms.
We know that world leaders & governments aren't going to do anything to stop this.
We know that corporations with huge financial gains aren't going to do anything to stop this.
But we do believe that consumers have the power to put pressure on businesses to supply ethical alternatives.
Here at Frontier Pets, we only support free range and organic farming practices…
… And, together with your help, we are saving;
From factory farms and safe from inhumane conditions each week!
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