End Factory Farming

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Imagine a world where cows, pigs, and chickens are roaming freely with miles and miles of green grass in front of them instead of being packed like sardines, punched, kicked, burned, cut, and beaten just to be shot in the head with a nail gun for a piece of jerky. 

The inhumane acts that these factory farms are doing to innocent animals is despicable. All of these animals suffer from tiny cages and overcrowding, physical alterations such as teeth-clipping or tail-docking that are performed without anesthetic, breeding for fast growth or high yields of meat, milk, and eggs that compromise animal welfare, misuse of antibiotics to compensate for unsanitary conditions, and many more. 

Not only are the animals living an extremely unhealthy life, the consumers who are eating these animals are becoming ill. The fact is, the excessive antibiotics used in factory farms foster deadly diseases that begin in the factory farm and end on a  citizen's dinner plate. In a typical factory farm, antibiotics keep animals alive in stressful, crowded, and disease-promoting enclosures just long enough for them to reach slaughter weight. The antibiotics used lead to drug-resistant "superbugs" that threaten humans. The Centers for Disease Control has said that, "Up to half of antibiotic use in humans and much of antibiotic use in animals is unnecessary and inappropriate and makes everyone less safe."

The dairy industry doesn't want us to know the dirty truth about their cows and they want us to keep believing that they magically produce milk for our cereal in the morning. Like humans, they must get pregnant and give birth for milk production to start. For cows, a continuous cycle of insemination, pregnancy, and birth ensure maximum profitability while the calves, after being dragged away from their mothers, are either killed for veal or the females are forced to endure the pain and suffering like their mother. 

From polluting our waters to creating dead zones in rivers and oceans, factory farms have a huge impact on the environment. Research shows that one dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. Multiplied 40,000 times to encompass the 99 million U.S. cows, the scope is staggering, and that doesn't even include other livestock. 

Our food system is in desperate need of reform; people, animals, and the Earth are suffering. 

"How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see?" -Bob Dylan