Stop Animal Abuse on Factory Farms
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Did you know that currently we have ZERO federal laws governing the conditions of which farm animals are raised in?
Thanks to the lack of laws and enforcement, animals currently suffer through horrible conditions on factory farms.
Animals are often given so little space and kept in severely cramped areas. Hens, for example, are kept in small cages, chickens and pigs are kept in jam-packed sheds, and cows are kept in crowded and filthy conditions.
Antibiotics are used to make animals grow faster and to keep them alive in the otherwise unsurvivable conditions. Research shows that factory farms’ widespread use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially be very dangerous to humans.
Majority of factory-farmed animals have been genetically altered to grow larger or to produce more milk or eggs than they naturally would, until it drastically affects their health. Some chickens are made to grow so large that their legs cannot support their bodies; they suffer from starvation or dehydration when they can’t walk to reach food and water as a result.
When they’ve grown large enough to slaughter or their bodies have been worn out from producing milk or eggs, animals raised for food are crowded onto trucks and transported for miles through all weather extremes, typically without food or water. At the slaughterhouse, those who survived the transport will have their throats slit, often while they’re still conscious. Or, they’re plunged into the scalding-hot water for defeathering or hair-removal tanks or while their bodies are being skinned or hacked apart.
The quantity of milk that dairy cows produce decreases substantially around 10 months after giving birth due to the fact that the cows only produce milk to feed their babies. In order to continue and maximize milk production, cows are annually impregnated which increases stress, and the likelihood of sickness and premature death. Each cow is genetically manipulated to produce up to 100 pounds of milk per day – ten times more than they would produce naturally.
Dairy cows commonly suffer from a variety of illnesses because intensive milk production, including widespread lameness and mastitis, a painful and often fatal infection of the udder. Pharmaceutical products that are used to infections often have bad side effects. Dairy cows produce an average of 729 days of milk, which amounts to 2.4 lactations, before they are considered “spent”, and sent to slaughter. 3 million young dairy cows are slaughtered each year in the U.S. Dairy cows are typically killed between 2 to 5 years of age despite the fact that they can live up to 25 years.
Newborn calves are permanently separated from their mothers, usually within 1-3 days, since the mother/calf bond intensifies over time and delayed separation can cause even worse emotional distress for the calf and mother. Nearly 100% of calves born to dairy cows in the U.S. are removed from their mothers within the first 12 hours of birth.
As a result, dairy calves separated from their mothers are denied their mother’s milk, which contains all the essential nutrients and antibodies the calf needs.
Calves are typically fed milk substitutes, often from a dried powder base, and raised without a mother to care for them. Mothers and calves form deep bonds, much like humans, which makes it inhumane to separate one from the other. In natural herds, the mother-calf bond is the strongest bond in a cow’s life.
With the production of dairy also comes the production of veal. Veal only exists to help farmers make money from male calves born to dairy cows; they would otherwise be considered useless as they can’t produce milk. As a result, they are slaughtered and sold for veal at a few months of age.
The corporations that run current factory farms are full of greed and driven by solely by money. Factory farms have become the leading method of food production in America. The U.S. meat industry is a multi-billion dollar per year industry and feeds millions of people around the world. In 2014, the U.S. meat industry, which processes cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, sold 186 billion dollars worth of meat. With the ability to gain great profits, factory farm corporations are motivated to get meat to domestic and international consumers as efficiently and inexpensively as possible. Today, only a handful of giant factory farm companies control meat production in the United States, all of which are wealthy, politically powerful, and take in no consideration of the animals at all. These companies provide cheap meat for people around the world and are only interested in keeping their high-production, low-cost.
Why do nothing and let these animals suffer? How much longer before we take a stand and actually enforce change? If you care about all the innocent lives being tortured every day as factory farms inherit more and more money at their expense, then please sign this petition.
My proposal to our state government is as follows:
All Ag-Gag laws in Texas (which criminalize whistleblowers on farms) should be lifted. Surveillance around factory farms should be allowed and enforced. HB 1643, the act which makes it illegal to use a drone to take photos over a concentrated animal feeding operation, should be revoked.
The 28 Hour law, which requires vehicles transporting animals for slaughter to stop every 28 hours to allow animals exercise, food, and water, should be modified to 14 hours and include poultry species as well.
Animals on factory farms should not be genetically manipulated to produce unhealthy amounts of eggs, milk, etc to the point of which it affects their health. Killing and selling the young of any animal (especially veal) should become illegal, due to the fact that it is inhumane.
Sign this petition and possibly save the lives of many animals who currently suffer under the hands of factory farms. Take a stand, and together we can make change,
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