Every year over 56 billion farmed animals are killed by humans. This shocking statistic is the result of the factory farming system that has plagued the world, America especially. Factory farming is a system that began in the early 1900’s that is focused on farming animals in large numbers in a very small amount of time. The animals in these factory farms are often forced into confined spaces and inhumane conditions. Pigs are kept in small cages called gestation crates where they are unable to move or grow.
“ Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short. We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength;” later the old pig adds, “and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old”(7). Thus, displaying the belief of Old Major and the animals of how all beasts are forced to work to their very death as soon as they are born and are rewarded with even more work and pain. Although the animals are frustrated by the amount of labor they go through on a daily basis, it is the trivial compensation they earn that takes the dark fantasies of seizing complete control into realities of war and revolt.
Animals that go to slaughter houses see misery long before arriving. Animals lay in their own manure while on the farm and are vulnerable to many diseases due to the lack of health care they receive. Many of these animals are not properly cleaned before being slaughtered. One former slaughterhouse employee states, “One of the real problems is that animals have spent their lives lying in their manure, are smeared and caked with the stuff, and they’re entering the food plant” (Pollan). One other slaughterhouse worker also said, “During the evisceration of the animal, the manure can get on the meat.
Animal testing has abused thousands and thousands of animals. From shattering the hearts of millions of animal lovers, making beagles inhale poison, locking animals in small cages and horrifying the poor innocent things. Here’s the evidence to support that animal testing must stop soon. Heartless scientists put thousands of adorable animals through trauma and pain just for medicines, drugs and much more. Animals lives are just as important and valuable as humans.
To begin with, animals have as much of a right not to be tested on as humans do. According to the Humane Society International, “animals used in experiments are commonly subjected to force feeding, forced inhalation, food and water deprivation, prolonged periods of physical restraint, the infliction of burns and other wounds to study the healing process, the infliction of pain to study its effects and remedies, and killing by neck-breaking, decapitation, or other means.” In addition, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported in 2010 that 97,123 animals suffered pain during experiments while being given no anesthesia for relief. Animals have the right to live so we
Puppy mills are establishments that breed puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis, and in conditions regarded as inhumane. Many anti-cruelty organizations, such as the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), define them as places where profit is given priority over the well being of the dogs. These breeding places are harsh to the dogs and never offer their love to them. Their industries are large and produce millions of dogs every year. They are legal in many states.
In it, she documents the time constraints faced by workers who, due to the speed with which they are required to work, skin and maim their animals while they are still living, against regulations demanded by the Humane Slaughter Act, which requires that all animals be insusceptible to pain by the time of their slaughter. Additionally, in the shared two million hours of experience Eisnitz collected for her studies, each worker admitted to some form of animal brutality, and failed to report those who had done the same. Taking out their frustration and aggravation on animals is a prevalent culture in the slaughterhouse industry. But it doesn’t end in the workplace. Several workers admitted to developing alcohol and drug dependency as result of their occupation.
Even with the fact that the family knew the secrets behind the meat, there are forced to buy and consume the meat. Many immigrants die from the bad meat they had to consumed, most among children and elders. This fact is portrayed by Kristoforas- Ona’s younger sibling, whom died from eating bad meat. Teta brother had also disappeared, he did so to survival. He knew that if he stayed any longer he would die.
“Hunters have already exterminated more than a third of the 1,600 wolves that were thought to live in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho in 2012, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ended endangered species protection for gray wolves there”(Conniff). The environmentalists are more worried about the wolves going extinct. Wolves repopulate very quickly. Killing the wolves is only causing a fight between the environmentalists and farmers/ranchers.
In the novel, all social classes of animals are discontented because of the treatment they get from their owner, Mr. Jones. On the farm, Jones “‘sets them [the animals] to work’” to grow and gather the resources on the farm. They also breed more animals, which are then taken away. So, “‘he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and he keeps the rest for himself’” (8). Jones cares about what he makes from the farm, meaning that the animals are not well cared for because he is only concerned about himself.