Know-how On The Cruelty In Animal Agriculture


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We looked at the kind of cruelty meted out to silkworms, wool-producing sheep and lambs, egg-laying hens, and so on. In this particular segment, I am going to highlight the enormous amount of cruelty that is meted out to animals that are particularly raised for the meat industry. Let's see what happens here:


Meaning and Conceptualization of Animal farming

Raising farm animals particularly to squeeze their flesh out for the meat industry is what animal agriculture or animal farming is all about. The farmers breed billions of animals so that they can be tortured, enslaved, mutilated, and finally slaughtered for their meat or flesh. So, what kind of animals are particularly raised for their meat or flesh?


Farm animals are easier to trick and maime by the human population, as a matter of fact. These are gentle animals unlike wild elephants or ferocious tigers. Hence, it becomes easier for human beings to capture these animals and therefore domesticate them. Cows, pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and buffaloes. So, I am going to break this article into independent segments to raise awareness on the acute level of cruelty that is meted out to animals by mankind. 


Hens/ Chickens

As we have already seen to what magnitude the cruelty takes place at egg-laying industry, you know what happens here! Chickens are crammed into battery cages and they lay eggs day in and day. Every 34 hours, an egg is forcibly produced by egg laying hens to meet the demands of the growing human population. Male chicks are ground alive in a mixer-grinder or macerator. Female chicks are debeaked and let into sheds or battery cages. They occupy the place of their spent mothers. The spent daily hens or chickens are then taken to slaughter houses where their bodies are wringed upside down and their throats are slit. This happens, once the egg-laying capacities of hens or chickens reduces. 


Cows and Buffaloes

There was an article as documented by me ‘ Discover the cruelty behind a glass of milk’. Here, the steps are outlined as to what exactly happens at the dairy industry. Cows are artificially insemnated and kept pregnant all the time so that their bodies lactate milk 24/7. Upon pregnancy, the male cows are taken away just within 24 hours from the time of birth. The female calves are given alternative feeds and not the mother’s milk. The female calves of cows and buffaloes take the place of spent dairy cows/ buffaloes.


The spent cows and buffaloes are dragged to slaughter sheds and their throats are slit while they are fully conscious. This happens when the dairy cows or buffaloes are no longer able to produce milk. The male calves are sent for cheap veal or meat almost 5-6 weeks post their birth as they are deemed as waste by products belonging to the dairy industry. Soft leather is also made from baby cow or calves. 


At the pig industry

It is estimated that almost 90 percent of the pigs in the US come from factory farms. The pigs are artificially insemenated by factory workers, as a matter of fact. Their teats are chopped off while they are crammed into grills or battery cages. The animals are lonely and sad all the time. The piglets are again raised wherein the workers drag the piglets away from their mothers.


Artificial feeds or mom’s milk is given to the piglets in a forceful manner. If too many piglets are born, then workers kill or gas these animals in gas chambers at slaughter houses. Matured piglets take the place of spent pigs. Once pigs reach a certain weight, they are slaughtered or gassed off. Their body parts come to you as hamburger, pork or steaks. 


Goat industry

The goats are slaughtered for their flesh predominantly. Mutton biryanis are famous for marriages, functions or at restaurants acorss India. These people maintain micro-level slaughter sheds. The goats are tied to stick poles. They are given grass or grain feeds to fatten up their bodies. Once goats reach weights, their throats are slit in slaughter houses. Goat milk is also reared for use in skin-care and beauty products. Lambs are slaughtered for use on soup bowls or as broth meats. 



Every Thanksgiving Day, at least 4 million turkeys are butchered to feed families of the US and the UK. Turkeys are raised at free-range sheds. These birds weigh heavier and are larger in size as compared to chickens or egg-laying hens, as a matter of fact. Then, they are fed with contaminated water from time to time. Barley, corn and grains are fed to turkeys to help their bodies grow faster. Again, they are subject to years of confinement. Their younger ones are separated from mothers immediately post their birth. Then once the birds attain a certain amount of weight, they are taken to slaughter houses. These horrified birds go through a pain ful de-feathering process,, post which their bodies are dipped in boiling hot water. Then, while these birds are alive and conscious, their necks or throats are slit apart. This is how, turkeys come to your dining tables.



Animal agriculture therefore refers to artificial breeding or over populating of farm specimens. These include hens, chickens, pigs, cows, goats, buffaloes and turkeys. And then, the animals are genetically manipulated by slaughter house soldiers to procure meat for varied forms of the meat industry. To get Chicken wings, almost 12-14 chickens are slaughtered. So, let us put a full stop to this vicious cycle of cruelty and go vegan. We will have a separate segment to outline the level of cruelty that is induced at the fishing industry. Till then, stay tuned.

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