Factory Farming 
A Life of Animal Abuse

Factory Farming, also known as Intensive Farming, is a from of Animal Abuse. Did you know that out of the 26 million egg laying hens in the UK, over 16 Million are kept in battery cages!

These cages are far too small for the hens. They are so cramped they can’t turn around or spread their wings.

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Factory Farming:
Hundreds Of Chickens In Cages Far Too Small For Them. They spend their whole lives in these cages, only getting out to be slaughtered.

Factory Farming Chickens In Small Cages

It is not just hens and chickens that suffer.
Millions upon millions of other animals are farmed in this way across
the world. 2 out of 3 farm animals across the world are factory farmed.

I find factory farming statistics such as these,
and how factory farmed animals are treated, very upsetting. This web
page will inform you about the perils of intensive farming to both the
animals and humans.

We will also look at some of the real stories that
barely scratch the surface of what goes on through factory farms across
the world. The practice must be stopped NOW.


What is Intensive Farming?

What is Factory Farming? This barbaric practice began in the 1920’s. Animals are abused throughout their life, right and through the slaughter house.

The more meat, milk, eggs and other animal products
that can be produced, the more money factory farmers make. This is the
essence of the process.

Farming machinery and techniques developed to the
point where the animals ‘didn’t need to be raised outside’. No sunlight
or exercise required. They could be kept inside; in a smaller space – a
cost saver.

The perpetrators soon found disease spread amongst
the animals. No problem. Large amounts of antibiotics could be sprayed
all over the animals. Problem solved.

The development of steroids meant that animals could
be grown faster and bigger – increased productivity means increased

Pigs In Small Cages Feeding
Notice The Blood On Their Snouts From Rubbing Against The Bars

Factory Farming Pigs

Animals such as Cows, Calves, Pigs, Turkeys and
Rabbits are often clamped in small, cramped cages or small enclosures
where they are unable to move. Imagine the stress this puts the animals

They never get the chance to go outside and exercise.
Their lives are purely for the production of eggs, milk, or their flesh
for human consumption.

Make no mistake, these cages and confined spaces are
disgusting. They often have low lighting, or no lighting at all. The
animal waste is rarely cleared away, triggering disease.

Steroids, other drugs and genetic changes make the
animals fatter, faster. They produce more milk and lay more eggs than
they would normally.

These drugs half the time it takes for a calf to
reach maturity, with untold stresses on the calf’s body. The animals are
also fed high carbohydrate diets what are not natural to them –
increasing the animals weight and body stress.

The overcrowding spreads disease. A quick way to
remedy this is to spray them with pesticides and feed them antibiotics.
These drugs remain in the bodies of the animals humans consume – a
potential health hazard.

It is due to these disgusting conditions, and
disgusting treatment, that the animals become agitated and start
fighting amongst themselves. This leads to more abhorrent treatment of
the animals, such as beak searing and castration.

A Poor Chicken Enduring The Painful Beak Searing Process

Factory Farming Debeaking

These unfortunate animals are not thought of as living, breathing individuals. They are food producing robots.

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Animal Abuse and
Intensive Farming Stories

The horror stories documented below are just the tip
of the iceberg of what goes on throughout intensive farming, and what
this Industry does not want you to know. Animal abuse and factory farming go hand in hand!

The brutality dished out by abusive workers and the
Corporate Businesses are both shocking and upsetting. If you are unaware
of what goes on to put beef, eggs and pork on your plate, read on.

If you are against factory farming, remind yourself why you are vegetarian or vegan. Your actions help combat the atrocities that goes on every single day.

When austerity bites it is not just people that suffer. In 2010, 400 000 newborn Chickens were murdered by the bankrupt Krasnaya Polyana Chicken Farm is Russia.

The farm was owned by a Russian member of parliament,
Alexander Chetverikov, and the chicks were killed in the most
horrendous ways:

  • Drowned in rusty barrels of water
  • Leaving them outside to freeze to death
  • Starved to death because the Company could not afford to feed them
  • The adult chickens were thrown into a pit and buried alive

Workers from the Krasnaya Polyana Chicken Farm
Tipping baby chickens into oil cans for drowning or freezing to death

Workers from the Krasnaya Polyana Chicken Farm tipping baby chickens into oil cans for drowning or freezing to death

The savagery of the owners also resulted in similar deaths of another 3 000 000 chicks! 3 Million!!

Shockingly, barbaric action such as this IS NOT ILLEGAL!.
These living, breathing animals have the capacity to suffer just like
you! And this sort of thing is happening all over the world, everyday.

Even if these chicks survived, they would be destined
for a life inside a battery cage, or even ground to death if they
turned out to be male.

In Israel, Anonymous for Animal Rights (Opens New Window) put a hidden camera inside a battery cage of an egg facility.

Broadcast 24 hours a day, it showed in real-time the
dreadful lives of 3 battery caged hens. They are locked in a cage 40cm
long, 33cm wide and 45cm high. To put this into context, each hen lives in a space less than a sheet of A4 paper!

They can’t stretch their wings. They stand on wire
mesh, not solid ground, and obviously can’t run, fly, dust-bath and all
their other natural behaviours that makes them happy.

Watch the video below for recorded footage from this initiative:

Recorded footage of Battery Hen life in Israel

To truly understand the lives of factory farming
battery hens, you need to walk a mile in their shoes, as the saying
goes. Animal Visuals enables you to do this by turning you into a
battery hen, with 6 other’s in a ramped cage.

You have a 360 degree view of what it must be like
for millions of them all over the world. Take a look for yourself. The
animation is provided below. Are you now thinking twice about how your eggs and chicken came from?

The animated world of the Battery Hen

Mercy for Animals (Opens New Window) published their findings from an undercover investigation at Hy-Line Hatchery in Iowa. 150,000 male chicks are killed in a grinder every single day!.

Factory Farming Male Chickens
Being Ground To Death-While Alive

Factory Farming Male Chickens Being Ground To Death-While Alive

They are thrown into a spinning auger before being tripped to pieces whilst still alive by a high-pressure macerator.

Male chicks are seen as useless because they don’t
lay eggs, and they do not grow quickly enough to be a meat bird. What is
the human race doing here? How can this gruesome end even be considered
when you find out they become trapped in or behind the machinery,
suffering unimaginable pain before dying!!!

Watch the video below to see for yourself. These
animals are thrown away like rubbish and dropped without any
consideration to their welfare.

They are ripped away from the comfort of their
mothers and thrown onto a loud, churning conveyor belt before meeting
their end. Can you imagine how terrifying this is for them?!

Undercover Footage of Factory Farming Activity

As well as being ground up alive in grinding and
mincing machines, live male chicks are also used as a packaging filler
by the poultry industry, knowing they are going to suffer and die either
in transit, or shortly after arrival. They are used as ‘padding’ in
packaging, which is acceptable industry practice in the poultry

Pigs are also victims of Factory farming. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) (Opens New Window) documented shocking footage and information about the treatment of pigs by the worlds largest pork producer, Smithfield foods.

Their evidence shows female pigs crammed into gestation or sow crates which are far too small for them to move around in.,/p.

This leads to the pigs biting the metal crates in frustration, cutting their mouths and increasing their risk of infection.

The never-ending cycle of suffering is compounded by
the fact that the piglets are born on hard concrete or metal floors.
Stressful for the pig, she is cannot nurture her young properly. Often
she watches her young fall though the metal slats and drown in the
manure pits below.

This leads to behavioural problems resulting in
aggression and injury. With the intelligence of a 3 year old, this
reaction is understandable, but leads to more intense cruelty to deal
with it!

Surgical procedures such as cutting out their teeth,
slicing off their tails and male castration, all without any pain
relief, is common place.

If the suffering of Pig Factory Farming isn’t enough,
it is compounded by their treatment at the hands of the workers. HSUS
found a “basketball-sized abscess” on the back of one of the pigs. This
was cut open with an unsterilised razor, without anaesthetic or a vet

Another pig was shot in the head but was still alive
when thrown into the bin. As with chicks, piglets were tossed into carts
without any consideration to their welfare.

The following undercover video was taken from the Smithfield exposure. It is heartbreaking!

Smithfield Investigation Footage

Below is life on a factory farm, looking from a factory farmed pig’s point of view.

Life of a factory farmed pig

Factory Farming Life of a Factory Farmed Pig Conditions If I Could Speak

Dairy cows also suffer at the hands of Factory
farming. After 9 months of forced pregnancy, their calf’s are taken away
from their mothers after only a day or two. The cows cry out in pain
all the time for their young, stolen from them to be slaughtered for
veal meat.

The milk to nurture the calf’s are then bottled and
put in your supermarkets or on your doorstep by the milk man. The forced
pregnancies must make living in their bodies unbearable. Their udders
often swell with the disease mastitis, which is difficult to cure in
these circumstances.

Thousands of male Calf’s are shot or
murdered in other ways as they are useless to the dairy Industry. They will
not produce enough beef to be profitable, even if they are drugged to abnormally increase their growth rate, causing heat disease and other
pains, like cows bred for meat are.

Factory Farming Slaughtered Newborn Male Calf

Factory Farming Slaughtered Newborn Male Calf

In the UK, veal calves that survive are often crammed
into lorries and transported to the continent when they spend their
lives indoors, in a small pen, without any daylight or natural
stimulation. These calves spend their short lives being fattened up
before being slaughtered.

See the From Farm To Slaughter web page for more details.

End Intensive Farming (Opens New Window) gives an introduction to cow factory farming. NYC Animal Rights (Opens New Window) shows on graphic detail cow factory farming photos.

Below is a four minute video to pay respect to the many, many animals forced to suffer and die due to human meat eaters:

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What is Live Export?

Live export is where animals are transported for many hours, or days on
end across countries and continents. They suffer in searing heat with no
water or food, squashed together in a cramped space.

Just like humans, sheep spread their legs and take small steps back and
forth in order to balance, but when they do not have the space to do
this, fall, crush and trample injuries occur more often. There is no
room for the animals to lie down and rest so the animals suffer pain.

Stress hormones like cortisol rise steeply in sheep during
transportation, and ewes may skip or delay their estrus (heat) cycle.
The immune systems of pigs become weaker. Chickens overheat and die,
even on cold days. The animals are often handled in a way that causes
them pain and injury when being loaded and unloaded.

Studies have shown that the vibration and noise of a lorry can feel
uncomfortable and frightening to animals. In the European Union, animals
can be transported for two 14 hour blocks in a row, with just one hour
rest in between for water.

Below: This is how tightly sheep are packed in to lorries to be taken
on journeys over counties and continents, with just a short break for
water. This does not allow space for animals to spread their legs and
take small steps to help them balance, or to lie down when tired. This
results in injuries and pain. Studies have shown that when given more
room, the animals suffered fewer injuries and less pain.

factory farming how sheep are transported in lorries eu regulations very stressed

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Testimonies Of Factory Farm Workers

Next we document some of the testimonies of factory
farming workers. These people know what goes on daily in the intensive
farming industry. Thankfully some of them speak out.

Virgil Butler worked the night shift at Tyson Plan in
Arkansas in the receiving department as a live-hanger and on the

He says chickens were not stunned properly because the stunner was turned down by the supervisor. They would ‘escape’ behind the killing machine and be scalded to death
by the water of the scalding tank (used to loosed the feathers for easy
plucking). Chickens are supposed to be dead by this stage…

Virgil was responsible for slitting the throats of the chickens that escaped. Failing to do so means they are scalded alive. They scream, kick and their eyeballs pop out of their heads. They have broken bones and are disfigured by the scalding process.

If they had a mechanical breakdown chickens would be left hanging upside down in the stunner in the water to drown. To speed the process up the conveyor belt would be turned up and overloaded with chicks. Hundreds of birds ended up being smothered to death every night.

He once heard a supervisor say: “I would rather
smother a few hundred god-damned birds than to lose time because of
empty shackles.” (This was said in late July 2002 when temperatures in
the hanging cage were exceeding 100 degrees in the middle of the night).

Faulty climate control meant wither chickens were frozen to death, frozen solid to the conveyor belt, or dying from heat stroke and heart attack from the sizzling heat in summer.

To quote Virgil directly:

“I have witnessed a fellow employee build dry ice
bombs (made by putting dry ice and a small amount of water in a plastic
Pepsi bottle and screwing the lid down tight) and putting it on the belt
with live chickens during break time. This results in a high pressure explosion that rips the chickens’ bodies apart and scatters them all over the room. This occurred numerous times”.

”I have also seen a fellow employee rip the heads, legs, and wings off of live chickens,
or just stomp them to death on the floor because he was aggravated.
This occurred on a regular basis for about the last year and a half that
I worked there”.

”I have also witnessed a forklift driver run over the chickens on purpose, then laugh about it. These kinds of incidents were ongoing and repetitive–just a part of a regular night’s work”.

”We were given thousands of chickens to hang that
were above the size limit we were used to…. In the process of hanging
the live birds, we were forced to break their legs to get them to fit into the shackles.
This was unnecessary. The shackles could have been spread out to fit
the larger-sized birds… However, one of the supervisors decided that
it wasn’t necessary and didn’t want to lose the production time to do

Krysta Jenson worked for Circle Four Farms in Utah –
part of the Smithfield empire. He performed castration and tail docking
without any training or the right tools “They kept telling me, it
doesn’t hurt them, and I said, ‘then why are they squealing?’ They would scream…. No anaesthesia was used ”.

“Sometimes they [the workers] would knock them,
meaning they would raise them above their heads, and knock their head on
the pavement.

”It didn’t even matter if they were newborn, if they
were ready to ship out, and they were healthy running pigs going to the
truck, if they were under five pounds they got picked up and knocked
next to the wall or on the pavement”.

”I witnessed one worker raise a pig above his head,
and he slammed the pig down on the pavement and he didn’t kill it all
the way, and the pig was bleeding from his head, and it’s body was
walking around in a circle while its head was on the pavement. And he
didn’t even bother to kill the pig completely. He said, ‘that’s what
knocking is.’”.

For more real-life stories read the documented evidence from more factory farm workers on the Mercy for Animals (Opens New Window) website.

Factory farming should be transparent so you can
judge for yourself what goes on make their own decision. As Paul
McCartney once said “If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be vegetarian.” The same goes for Factory Farms!

Out of sight out of mind is no way to live your
life. You may think you treat your fellow animals with kindness – your
dog, cat gerbil.

However, every time you eat meat you are choosing to
contract a factory farm and slaughterhouse to treat the animals you
think you have respect for, in the manner describe in this article, in your name.

Do yourself a favour and don’t be a part of it. The next section looks at ways to help you change your lifestyle.

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Intensive Farming Campaigns

There are lots of ways you can help stop factory
farms and help factory farmed animals. Most of the suggestions below
will not cost you a thing. Do you have the conscious to change?

You can stop eating animal products all together by adopting a vegan diet.
However, to continue eating eggs, the only kind way is to EITHER adopt
ex-battery hens and eating the eggs they lay, OR buy eggs from people
who have adopted ex-battery hens.

You will be letting them experience life how they
should have always had it, rather than being slaughtered straight after
their life of hell.

People are funding the cruelty to cows through buying milk dairy products. Again adopt a vegan diet where you can find alternatives to cows milk & dairy products.

Fight the intensive farming community plan to make it
illegal to video inside factory farms. They are also planning to
criminalise job seekers who get employment to expose their vile
activities. See the Mother Jones website (Opens New Window) for more details.

Animals Australia (Opens New Window) have a wonderful site that explains how you can take action by changing your shopping and eating habits.

Take a look at my cruelty free shopping page where you will find animal cruelty free Companies you can deal with.

Also take a look at my stop animal cruelty page where you will find out how to help stop animal cruelty and suffering.

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