Factory Farming Essay

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Poultry is by far the number one meat consumed in America; it is versatile, relatively inexpensive compared to other meats, and most importantly it can be found in every grocery store through out the United States. All of those factors are made possible because of factory farming. Factory farming is the reason why consumers are able to purchase low-priced poultry in their local supermarket and also the reason why chickens and other animals are being seen as profit rather than living, breathing beings. So what is exactly is factory farming? According to Ben Macintyre, a writer and columnist of The Times, a British newspaper and a former chicken farm worker, he summed up the goal of any factory farm “... to produce the maximum quantity of…show more content…
Severely restricted inside the barren cages, the birds are unable to engage in nearly any of their natural habits, including nesting, perching, walking, dust bathing, foraging, or even spreading their wings” (HSUS, 2009). The chicken are not only being held at a confine filthy environment but they are also being feed cheap grain and antibiotics to promote growth in a fast pace. The chicken will grow so big due to the hormone that their bone cannot support their weight, therefore causes leg problem which in result of bone disease. Consumers like children who love chicken nuggets and chicken wings are also ingesting those antibiotics in their body every time they consume poultry that has been treated with growth hormone. After being fed daily with antibiotics, the chicken are big enough to go off to the slaughter house. The only federal law in the United States, which first enacted in 1958 is the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMLSA). That law was to protects farm animals and requires that the animals be rendered insensible to pain before they are slaughtered to ensure a quick, painless death” (Miller, 2010). Even though the chicken are shackled upside down and pass through an electrified water bath that is intended to immobilized them before their throat are slit, the process is so fast and ineffective that the chicken are still conscious when they are having their throat slit, their misery only end when they hit the
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