Farm bred animals typically live in harsh confinement. Run for profit and constantly striving toward increased efficiency, factory farmers can pack hundreds of chickens in the same coop, or crowd hundreds of hogs into the same plot of unmaintained land or enclosed shed, most with little, if any, access to the outdoors. Nationwide, billions of factory farm animals suffer this inhumane cruelty, and these dense populations breed intense stress, and physical pain and discomfort for the captive animals. Here are a few examples of the worst ways these animals are treated.
- Ammonia Burns: By housing animals in such close proximity to one another, farmers increase the amount of waste production in a given area. This increased waste emits high levels of ammonia and dust, which can then irritate, and oftentimes burn, the eyes, throats, and skin of captive animals.
- Round the Clock Pregnancy: Factory farmers’ strive for increased efficiency. Thus, they keep most, if not all, of their female animals constantly pregnant. This unnatural lifelong pregnancy puts chronic strain and discomfort on these animals’ bodies, causing inhumane pain.
- Increase Manageability: Efficiency increases if animal manageability increases. Thus, farmers often mutilate their farmed animals’ horns, beaks, toes, and any other possibly hazardous component, sans painkillers, all for the common goal of efficiency improvement and sales increases.
Not only do animals suffer from these inhumane factory farm practices, but so too do the surrounding communities of humans. The dense animal populations mean higher waste production. This waste often drains into neighboring areas, sparking increased illness and warranting decreases in home pricing. These health and socioeconomic effects can greatly depreciate human quality of life.