Blog for Final Project: WHY FACTORY FARMS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL

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Factory Farms are the barebones of the American Meat and Dairy Industries. Most of our meat and dairy is produced by these farms that capitalize on mass production of these diet staples. But there is one inevitable question: Is factory farming killing Americans and America’s farm animals all in the name of cold cash? The Infograph above depicts the potential consequences of using Factory Farming for Mass production.

It is also important to look at Factory Farming in regards to our own personal nutrition. If we really think we are getting our sufficient amounts of protein from these “healthy” animals, do we need to think again?

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And here’s another Infograph sponsored by PETA that will open your eyes to some grossly accurate statistics rendered by the Factory Farming Industry? Pus is in our milk? Ew!!

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In addition to these visually and statistically astonishing infographs, I want to incorporate other facts about Factory Farming that will hopefully address the concern of harmful effects on humanity this industry thoroughly contributes to:

  • Most animals raised for food in the United States are raised on factory farms. 
  • For years, investigations have revealed conditions on some factory farms that result in extreme animal suffering.
  • The total number of livestock on the largest factory farms rose by more than one-fifth between 2002 and 2007.
  • The average size of hog factory farms increased by 42 percent over a decade. Seven states average more than 10,000 hogs per factory farm. 
  • The average size of egg operations has grown by half over the decade. The five states with the largest flocks all average at least 750,000 hens per factory farm. 
  • Although the EPA is tasked with regulating factory farms, it has done little or nothing to control the environmental damage caused by factory farms.

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/factoryfarms/

This website also addresses the concerns of antiobiotics used on factory farm animals, as well as potential diseases on our plates, like Mad Cow Disease.

“Factory farmers typically mix low doses of antibiotics (lower than the amount used to treat an actual disease or infection) into animals’ feed and water to promote their growth and to preempt outbreaks of disease in the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 70 percent of all antimicrobials used in the United States are fed to livestock. 1 This accounts for 25 million pounds of antibiotics annually, more than 8 times the amount used to treat disease in humans.2

The problem is this creates a major public health issue. Bacteria exposed to continuous, low level antibiotics can become resistant. They then spawn new bacteria with the antibiotic resistance. For example, almost all strains of Staphylococcal (Staph) infections in the United States are resistant to penicillin and many are resistant to newer drugs as well.3 The American Medical Association, American Public Health Association, and the National Institutes of Health all describe antibiotic resistance as a growing public health concern.4 European countries that banned the use of antibiotics in animal production have seen a decrease in resistance.5″

As with Mad Cow Disease, ” consumers cannot protect themselves by cooking the meat or by any other type of disinfection”. With only a few cases of Mad Cow Disease since 2006, researchers have decided to scale back on testing for the disease, which leaves us as consumers, consequently unprotected: ” Officials cited what they claimed was the low level of detection for the disease in the United States. Now, only 40,000 cattle, one-tenth the number tested the year before, will be tested annually.”

Here’s a look at all of our livestock falling victim to the industry of Factory Farming:

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The only hope for animal welfare under the conditions of Factory Farming is that is stopped once and for all! There are many social media-based interactions that promote animal welfare (PETA is not the only one, as a matter of fact). One particular site http://www.stopfactoryfarms.org/ gives direct informational and factual input regarding what goes on behind the scenes at industrialized factory farms. This website has a corresponding Facebook page entitled “Stop Factory Farming” which provides standard info. and news about factory farming in the U.S.

 

The website  http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-factory-farming1.html has a free petition signing under a Preamble that summarizes the ugly truths of factory farming and its impending harm on economy. Sign the petition now if you agree!

There is nothing humane about the following pictures. This is Factory Farming.

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Donate now to help diminish factory farming:

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/campaigns/factory_farming/

And don’t hesitate to follow this organization on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HumaneSociety

Keep up with my next post, which will involve some video and audio post regarding the evils of factory farming.