animals are slaughtered on an assembly line, with little attention given
to each suffering individual. Chickens and turkeys have their legs slammed
into shackles before their necks are funneled between two whirling blades.
If they miss the blades, as many of them do, they are scalded to death
before their feathers are removed. Pigs, cows and sheep are usually shackled
and hoisted by one leg. As the kill line moves, they are first stuck in
the chest with a knife, they then have their limbs cut off, and finally
their skin is ripped from their body. They are often still alive when
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98% of eggs come from hens imprisoned in "battery cages." Usually 4 to 7 birds will live cramped in a wire cage the size of a folded newspaper--though each bird has a wingspan of 32 inches. These cages are tiered so feces and urine fall onto the animals below. Chickens' feet often grow around the slanted wire floor of their cage because they are packed so tightly together that they can not move.
Almost all egg-laying hens, even 'free-range' birds, have their beaks cut off to prevent cannibalism and fighting due to stress. They are also 'force molted' - having their food and water removed for up to 2 weeks to shock their bodies into another egg laying cycle.
Hens are killed when they no longer can produce eggs, so baby chicks are hatched to replace them. If the baby is a male and therefore unable to lay eggs, he is killed at the hatchery - only a few days old.
Unless your eggs come from companion chickens or someone you know, you are supporting intense animal cruelty every time you buy or eat an egg--about 32 hours of caged cruelty per egg.
Cows used for dairy live the majority of their lives in concrete stalls. They are attached to automated milking machines that pump them for milk 3 times a day.
To keep a cow lactating she will be kept constantly pregnant. She will either be 'serviced' by a bull or artificially impregnated on what the dairy industry commonly refers to as a 'rape rack.'
After 4 pregnancies and 4 years of production she will be sent to slaughter. A healthy cow will live 25 years. 10% of cows are so sick after 4 years that they can not even walk. These 'downers' are literally dragged and pushed to the slaughterhouse by a forklift.
Her calves, if male, will be sent to live in a veal crate. Female calves will be raised to replace their mom. Without the supply of calves from the dairy industry, the veal industry would not thrive.
Every year, 10 billion land animals and billions more aquatic animals are abused and slaughtered for their flesh. An additional one billion land animals die every year from stress-induced disease or injury before slaughter. The average non-vegan will eat about 40 land animals and many more aquatic animals every year.
Fish often experience decompression when caught. Their eyes can pop out of their heads and their stomachs can be pushed out through their mouth. Fish have well-developed nervous systems, like humans and other land animals, and suffer when they are hooked or netted and forced to die of suffocation when pulled from the water.
Fishing is raping our world's oceans - killing not only fish but other life as well. Shrimp trawling has devastated Sea Turtle populations worldwide.
Industrial fishing results in enormous 'by-catch'--non-target animals caught (and usually killed) but tossed overboard and not counted in a ship's quota. By-catch can range from 50% in long-line fishing to as high as 90% in drift netting.
90% of all land animals killed for meat are chickens. Cutting out red meat but increasing chicken and fish consumption will only increase animals' suffering.
Chickens killed for meat suffer the same de-beaking as egg-laying hens. While they usually are not in battery cages, they must live in filthy crowded sheds, sometimes with as many as 100,000 other birds. Chickens can not establish a pecking order over 120 birds so the crowding and stress leads to constant fighting, injury and often death.
Most pigs are raised in factory farms. They live their lives in a crate, often stacked on top of one another. To avoid tail-biting due to boredom and stress, their tails are cut off when they are piglets. They also have their teeth pulled or ground off, to reduce loss due to fighting caused by stress. Males are also castrated without anesthesia when they are babies, to make them less aggressive.
Mother pigs live their entire 5-year life in a 'gestation crate.' They give birth and nurse their young on a grated steel floor--literally turned into baby-making machines.
Pigs often develop pneumonia from living in their own waste - the ammonia from their urine burns their sensitive noses, causing many piglets to die.
All land animals, whether abused for eggs, dairy or meat, will be transported to slaughter, traveling several days without food or water, usually exposed to the elements. Animals in the middle of the transport truck often die from suffocation while animals on the outside can freeze to death, and sometimes even freeze to the steel sides of the truck.
Most animals are slaughtered on an assembly line--with little attention given to each suffering individual. Chickens and turkeys have their legs slammed into shackles before their necks are funneled between two whirling blades. If they miss the blades, as many of them do, they are scalded to death before their feathers are removed. Pigs, cows and sheep are usually shackled and hoisted by one leg. As the kill line moves they are first stuck in the chest with a knife, they then have their limbs cut off and finally their skin is ripped from their body. They are often still alive when this happens.
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