For the Animals

The animals we eat feel pain just like the dogs and cats we love. Chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, ducks, goats, rabbits, and turkeys are intelligent and have their own personalities. For example, chickens are very social and will mourn when a loved one dies. Pigs rank #4 in animal intelligence (behind chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants), and can learn tricks faster than dogs.[1] In fact, a professor at Penn State University found that pigs excel at video games![2]

Sadly, every year billions of these innocent animals suffer and die on factory farms as well as "organic," "free range," and "humane" farms. Fortunately, more and more people are learning the truth and taking simple steps to help these animals. Now, you can be one of them!

Did you know…?

  • There are virtually no federal laws to protect farm animals from abuse during their time on factory farms, and most states exempt farm animals from animal cruelty statutes.
  • Many standard agricultural practices would result in felony-level animal cruelty charges if done to a dog or cat.
  • It's standard practice for farm animals to be overcrowded and confined in crates so small that they cannot turn around or stretch.
  • Farm animals are routinely mutilated without painkillers, including having their tails, beaks, and testicles chopped off.
  • Many animals are still fully conscious while their throats are slit during slaughter.
  • In order to produce milk, dairy cows are artificially inseminated and have their babies taken from them shortly after birth. A mother cow will cry out and search for her calf for days.
  • Although many people are against veal, few realize that buying dairy products directly supports the veal industry.
  • In virtually all egg-laying hen hatcheries, male chicks -who have no economic value to the industry- are ground up alive or suffocated in plastic bags shortly after hatching.
  • Meat, eggs, and dairy products labeled as "organic," "free range," "cage free," or "humane" are not cruelty-free. These animals suffer many of the same routine abuses described above.

Here's the good news:


References

1. "New Slant on Chump Chops," Cambridge Daily News, 29 Mar. 2002.

2. "The Millennium List," The Times, 9 Jan. 2000.