By using the Confined/Concentrated Animal Feeding Systems or CAFOs, these companies have made it to the top of the meat industry. CAFOs systems are unethical and pose a huge risk to our environment and our own health. Although these animals are being raised to be consumed does not mean they should live in small pins with no exercise, stand in their own feces, and be pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics. CAFO systems also have a huge impact on our environment, the CAFO systems have a vast amount of waste produced on small amounts of farmlands that cannot decompose properly. Causing farmers to dispose of the waste in large lagoons and suffer from waste runoff. The large amount of waste being produced pollutes our water, soil, and air. Last but not least, our health is at risk. Communities surrounding these factory farms or lagoons suffer from illnesses caused by the air and the water they drink. These animals are constantly being pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics which is giving to them to keep them from getting sick from all the waste they continuously stand in. Once these animals are slaughtered, they are then packaged and sent across the country and end up in our homes. Meat that has been ill, dirty, and filled with unnatural chemicals in large quantities. We live in a world where knowledge is key, we live every day safer,
“Recognize meat for what it really is: the antibiotic- and pesticide- laden corpse of a tortured animal.” says Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) PETA and animal activist. Factory farming should be banned or demolished thoroughly due to more harm than good that is being presented worldwide. Animal brutality, which can be found constantly and excessively throughout factory farms, is a deleterious act involving the animals and a diabolic act regarding human morals. The antic actions that proceed have an effect on both humans and the environment, as well as the unethical, inhumane treatment and the atrocious sufferings of animals. Besides factory farms offering a copious amount of cheaper food, factory farming is a detrimental agricultural practice to both humans and the environment. The way we receive our food is inhumane and unhealthy to humans and the environment, thus factory farms should be banned.
Close your eyes and step into the world of an individual. You are born into a world where nights and days are never constant (attention getter). You are fed three to five times a day, but no one is there to nurture you. Not even the numerous others crammed into your living space. You grow frantic, scared, and sickly. Now open your eyes, to reality. What I have just described is one of America’s worst ghettos. You know this individual who is trapped in this environment. He is your breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is the meat you eat . Today’s farms not only abuse their animals they also produce harmful diseases and environmental hazards that affect each and every one of us, regardless of whether you consume animal products or not. The U.S. government should ban factory farms and require the meat industry to raise animals in their natural environments (preview of points and statement of purpose).
Factory farming is an efficient and profitable way to make and sell meat. But there are a myriad of consequences to this system. Factory farms do whatever they can to be cost-efficient. This leads to a waste of energy, harmful effects on the environment, cruel animal treatment, and negative effects on human health, and therefore, factory farming should be abolished.
In his article “Boss Hog: The Dark Side of America’s Top Pork Producer,” (Rolling Stone Magazine, December 14, 2006) Jeff Teitz reports that not only are millions upon millions of pigs being abused and slaughtered each year by America’s largest pork producer, but, in turn, the waste produced by those pigs is polluting, destroying, and even killing others. Teitz begins by revealing that Smithfield Foods, the world’s most profitable pork processor, killed 27 million hogs last year, which is roughly equivalent to the entire human populations of America’s thirty-two largest cities. As Teitz delves deeper into statistics, he explains that more fecal matter is produced from half a million pigs at one Smithfield subsidiary than the 1.5 million
Every year, an average American will consume approximately one hundred-twenty six pounds of meat. This meat can be traced back to factory farms where the animals are kept to be tortured to turn into a product for the appetite of humans. The terrible treatment these animals are forced to endure is the outcome of the greed and want for a faster production of their product. The industry of factory farming works to maximize the output of the meat while maintaining low costs,but will sadly always comes at the animals’ expense.
The poor housing of farm animals in factory farms is an issue because the stress factors and living conditions can cause the animals immune systems to weaken. According to an article about the practices of factory farming, “Common practices include packing pregnant pigs into gestation crates so small they cannot turn around, placing egg-laying hens in cages stacked on top of one another in massive enclosed buildings and raising cows on feedlots rather than the grass pastures many of us associate with ruminants” (Anomaly 1). This quote explains that the living space of animals in a factory farm is different from what consumers expect. When consumers go to the grocery store, they may see a picture of an old country farm with animals freely wondering, but in reality animals are stored as items and not free creatures. According to an article written by Bradley S. Miller, “As reported by a veterinarian, Dr. Bruce Feldman, When animals are intensively confined and under stress, as they are in factory farms, their auto-immune systems are weakened and they are prone to infectious diseases” (Miller 2). This quote speaks of how much the risk factors of sickness increase when animals are confined and under great amounts of stress. Overpopulated animal storage is an ethical and moral concern because it brings an unnecessary stress and a burden to animals. Not only is the storage of animals, both ethically and morally wrong, consequently, it is also a reason that disease outbreaks occur in many factory farms.
Do Americans care where are pigs come from and how they are treated? If so, keep reading and you will hear about how they are being treated badly, Americans might also learn a few things. There are small and limit the soul's movement. Gestation crates should be banned from factory farming, they are, inhumane and cause physiological disorders in sows. They are getting disorders from being stuck in, crates is one reason that will be talked about here are two more Cheaper to use group housing and disease can spread faster. Gestation crates should be banned from factory farming, they are inhumane and, cause physiological disorders in sows.
The problem with the hog farms is the inefficient disposal of the waste. There are 10 million hogs in North
The most prevalent trend in animal agriculture over the past thirty years is the consolidation of farms. Growing demand for meat and animal products as well as animal production has steadily been increasing, but the number of farms has decreased (Cole et al., 2000; Donham et al., 2007; Alvarado, Gibbs, Gandara, Flores, Hurd, & Green, 2012; Braunig, 2005). The result is an overwhelming quantity of animals per operation. In the 1960’s more than 1 million hog producers were in operation. This number fell to a staggering 67,000 by 2005 (Donham et al., 2007). According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, as of 2010, 12% of hog operations raised 86% of all hogs raised in the United States (Himmelberger et al., 2015). Iowa is the nation’s top producing state for hogs, and produces just about one-fourth of U.S. pork. Iowa is a prime example of farm consolidation at work. In the year 1980, 64,000 hog raising farms were in operation. In 2000, only 10,500 hog raising farms remained. Alarmingly, though the number of farms saw an 84% decrease over that twenty year span of time, the average number of hogs per farm increased from 250 to 1,430 over this same period (Thorne, 2007). North Carolina in the nation’s second top hog producer and follows a similar trend. In fact, North Carolina was only the fifteenth top hog
Factory farmed animals are not only poor, but also low quality. Since the animals, pigs for example, are in contact with each other so close, they are sprayed with antibiotics to keep germs from spreading. Those antibiotics are used many, many times, resulting in very low quality meat and are harmful to our human body.
Even though higher yields are met for demand and human consumption, factory farming is cruel to animals due to the fact animals are often subject to harsh living conditions, more susceptible to diseases and injuries and are treated inhumanely during the slaughtering process. Unfortunately, with an increase in human population worldwide, the strain on farmers to meet the demand increases as well. This in turn causes more animals to be subject to this cruelty.
Not only is factory farming damaging human health but also the animals health. Chickens that lay eggs get their beaks cut off without anesthesia and stuffed into cages so small they can't flap their wings. Meat chickens are given antibiotics to grow quickly. Pregnant pigs and veal calves are kept in crates. We can prevent animals from getting abused by not eating meat or any factory farm products at every meal. Instead choose a healthier choice and eat vegetarian meals.
These swine industries emit toxic gases and pollute groundwater, which is a major health risk to those living nearby. Such communities are populated by marginalized groups and have little political influence on the matter. The location, coupled with the negative experiences felt by people in minority groups, is a clear example of environmental racism. It is essential for us, as a consumerist society, to make smarter choices about what we support. Buying locally is an excellent and sustainable alternative. Shifting towards a vegetarian or vegan diet is a further step we can take to end this injustice. Essentially, “the push for a healthy, plant-based, and sustainable food system is fastened to the push for a healthy and just social system” (Gunderson, 2015, p.105). It is important to consider that our actions here can seriously impact people and the environment in a different part of the
These animals are treated so terribly and are not cared for properly. Additionally, they also cause environmental issues when they, “consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases.” (Bittman) Factory farm animals are forced and squeezed into tight and tiny cages while they’re growing to reduce the amount of space. As a result, there will more animals fitted into a small area to produce more profit off of. These meat factories inhumanly killed cattle, pigs, and poultry. Though, not many people seem to take this into consideration when consuming meat products. How their food was treated before it was put on their plate to consume is not a thought that many of us are taught to keep inside our