Do you ever think of what people do to the animals? Well you should consider it because they do some harmful things to those poor animals. Factory farms should be closed for animal welfare because factory farms are abusive and inhumane to animals and it’s one of the leading causes of animal welfare.
Factory Farms is a large-scale, industrialized, profit-oriented agricultural operations that maintain on-site animal populations for the purposes of meat, dairy, and egg production. Also known as intensive animal farming or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
During the second half of the twentieth century, factory farms gradually supplanted small- to mid-sized family-owned agricultural operations to become the main source of animal food production in the United States.
According to Gale, research suggests that large-scale industrial farms are major contributors to global climate change. Factory farms emit large quantities of greenhouse gases while consuming a great deal of fossil fuels and creating major air and water contamination hazards.
According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study reported by Scientific American in 2018, the production of red meats like beef and lamb generates ten to forty times more greenhouse gas emissions than the production of widely eaten grains and vegetables.
Other controversies over factory farming focus on the links between concentrated animal feedingoperations and risks to human health. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites animal products as the leading source of saturated fat in the average American diet. Research has shown that the additive-infused foods used to nourish factory-farmed animals also increase the saturated fat content of the meat these animals yield, which is believed to be a contributing factor to the prevalence of heart disease and obesity in the United States. Research has also shown links between animal treatment, food safety, and food quality. Eggs harvested from hens kept in battery cages show much higher rates of Salmonella bacterial contamination.
Factory farms are making excuses for mistreating animals and treating them inhumanly. Animals are kept alive only by antibiotics, hormones, laxatives, and other additives mixed into their machine-fed swill. Then they go back back to the gestation crate for another four months, and so on back and forth until after seven or eight pregnancies they finally expire from the punishment of it or they are killed with a club or bolt-gun. The United States raises and slaughters almost 10 times more birds than any other type of animal. Aboout 9 billion chickens are killed for their meat every year, while another 300 million chickens are used in egg production.
The U.S. raises around 120 million pigs for food each year, the vast majority of whom are raised in barren crates or pens at industrial-scale facilities without fresh air or sunlight. They live on hard, slatted floors that do not accommodate their natural urge to root. Ammonia fumes rise to dangerous, uncomfortable levels due to high concentrations of waste. Approximately 240 million turkeys are raised for meat in the U.S. annually. Like chickens, turkeys suffer from growth-related lameness and are housed in groups on the floors of long sheds where they are denied fresh air, sunshine and pasture. Aquaculture—the farming of fish and other aquatic species—is one of the fastest-growing areas of food production, surpassing beef production. About half of all consumed fish are raised in artificial environments, as opposed to being wild-caught, creating a number of welfare concerns.
Animal welfare refers to the state of the animal; the treatment that an animal receives is covered by other terms such as animal care, and humane treatment. One of factory farms’ leading concerns is animal welfare. Factory-farmed animals are exposed to very difficult living conditions from the moment they are born. Many of these animals spend their lives in tiny crates or overcrowded pens leaving them unable to move. Female pigs and cows are repeatedly impregnated by artificial or mechanical means, and the grains used to feed the animals often contain additives including growth hormones and waste products.
A lot of states have introduced laws and regulations that reflect growing public support for the ethical treatment of farm animals. According to Gale, a law was passed in Florida in 2002, when voters approved by referendum a bill outlawing the use of gestation crates for pregnant pigs. Urbanization in North America has also had a profound effect on the way the public views animal issues.The fact that most of us live in cities, far from farms, results in a public almost completely disconnected from the reality of where their food comes from. It’s as if meat is a product grown on trees. There has been a conscious effort by animal industries to hide the gory details from the public, there has been a reverse campaign by animal rights activists. This has had an impact on public attitudes, too. According to Gale, A animal-rights group, PETA, has staged lots publicity campaigns, most of them have been outrageous. One involved naked celebrities proclaiming they’d rather be naked than in fur.
Factory farms should be closed for animal welfare because factory farms are abusive and inhumane to animals and it’s one of the leading causes of animal welfare. Now the question stands. Do you want to see these poor animals be hurt?