Typically a pig CAFO will hold anywhere from 1000-3000 pigs. These thousands of pigs on average will get slaughtered before their first birthday. (Confined dining: A primer on factory farms and what they mean for your meat). Not only is the life of a pig short, but the life of a pig is traumatizing. “This intensive confinement produces stress- and boredom-related behavior, such as chewing on cage bars and obsessively pressing against water bottles.” (Pigs: Intelligent Animals Suffering in Farms and Slaughterhouses) The quality of a pig’s life is absolutely disgusting.
The definition of factory farming is a farm in which livestock are raised indoors in conditions intended to maximize production at minimal cost.Also known as a system of raising livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions. Everyday animals suffer worse than most humans would our whole lives. It seems extreme but it’s fact. These animals are barely surviving in terrifying unhealthy conditions, that stink of feces and rotting corpses. They see their own family killed and are almost always diseased stricken.
What are the alternatives? There are very few alternatives to factory farming; however, finding them would be beneficial to us. One of the hardest to accomplish would be altogether removing factory farms and returning them to family farms as it was before. This would be a much healthier and beneficial route to fix the problem. The next is In-Vitro meat which is cultured meat.
The fog was so high in the factory that if you were to cut a piece of meat you would probably cut your hand off. Some of the cattle had tuberculosis or were sick with other diseases. They will add chemicals to the mat to make it seem like it was fresh cattle. “men called it “steely” which means covered with boils. It was a nasty job killing these, for when you plunged your knife into them they would burst and splash a
Countless forms of abuse and neglect on factory farms are experienced and endured by these creatures every day in order for us to have access to our favorite products. Animal cruelty in labs and filthy living conditions on factory farms violate an animal’s quality of life and also negatively affects the food we consume in such a way that is harmful to humans. Animal cruelty on factory farms is inhumane, degrading, and just plain crude. The way that animals are raised and treated before being slaughtered affects the food that we yield from them. For instance, animals are held in such cramped and unsanitary living conditions that almost all of them contract diseases from swimming in their own feces or excrement and breathing in harmful chemicals.
Food Inc. touched on many subjects in the food industry that most consumers are blind to. For example, the conditions of slaughterhouses and the way the animals are treated, the mistreating of farmers and factory workers, the power and the involvement with government that companies in the food industry have, and the unfair pricing of food. These are things many people don’t know or think about, but the truth is disturbing and shocking. Many things about food production have changed immensely in the past fifty years. The top five beef packing companies controlled 25% of the market in 1970; today, the top four control 80%.
This impacts our well being because, according to the website: The Mekong River- Survival for Millions, the water from rivers are the source of most of our drinking water. Eutrophication causes an abundance of bacteria to form in the river. If there is too much bacteria in the water, it will cause sicknesses and negatively impacts our health. However, if there is too much manure in the water, it will contaminate the water and negatively affect our health as well. This is why we should use animal manure in moderation.
Sooner or later Jurgis would become aware of the horrible factory conditions that exploited the workers. He later became a victim himself. Jurgis witnessed the lack of sanitation. Such as: diseased animals mixed with the rest, rats crawling all over the meat, often the factories would hire extra staff just to keep pay down, and finally the incident that I find the most disgusting to happen is people falling into the meat chutes and everybody ignored it and left the people to be packaged like any other ground meat. The family was tricked into faulty business deals which forced everyone in the family to work.
When we arrived we snuck right through the front door. We look around for awhile being very nervous about the whole situation. We first went into the old auditorium, everything in there was muddy and rotted because it didn 't have a roof anymore. Although we tried to get on the stage it was just to rotted so we went the next room we could find. Which happened to be the cafeteria, there were a bunch of old chicken coops in there because a few years ago an Asian lady lived there that owned a restaurant grew her own chickens in the abandoned school.
Worldwide the number of beef cattle being slaughtered who were contaminated with strains of E. Coli ranged from 2.1 to 70.1% (Clark). Diseases that can infect humans have been manifesting within the beef cattle industry for decade resulting in thousands of deaths for humans. Two of more common infections include E. Coli and Mad Cow Disease both of which are consequences of how cattle are raised and treatment in factory farms. Because of the lack of procedures being followed and standards being upheld, meat becomes contaminated, and humans consume the meat which leads to many deaths with the food industry to blame. E. Coli is a disease that colonizes in the gastrointestinal tract of cows.
The problem with that is, “our increasing use (and misuse) of antibiotics fuels the evolution and dispersion of antibiotic-resistant bacteria” stated by Jonathan Anomaly. This isn’t an unknown fact, public health experts have been warning factories about the dangers of using large quantities of antibiotics, especially the misuse of it, for many years, and how it creates an ideal environment for bacteria to evolve and spread resistance to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant bacteria does not stop at livestock; it can spread to human hosts in a variety of ways. Employees on the farm factories can get it from the animals and pass it onto other people, some bacteria can survive in meat even after being cooked and effect those who eat it, also animal waste is used to fertilize crops which can contain bacteria and now can affect those who work with crops or consume them, and finally bacteria can transfer to other animals and streams around the factory (Anomaly). This is an issue that should be prevented from the beginning, instead they don’t take a step towards better treatment.
The progressivist also believe that agriculture gave us more free time since we don’t have to constantly move around looking for food. Although the progressivist view seems appealing, the indirect tests done by archaeologists have failed to support the progressivist view.
The animals are kept and raised while held in tight spaces and packed with different antibiotics. "When livestock producers administer antibiotics routinely to their flocks and herds, bacteria can develop resistance, thrive and even spread to our communities, contributing to the larger problem of antibiotic resistance”(Report Examines Antibiotics). For example, when E-Coli was found out to be the cause of many sick adults and children, and some deaths, the investigation then took place and was found that the farms where the cows were being raised was so unhealthy and unclean that the animals were standing in their own feces. The film also informs the audience with the devastating news of E-Coli being in circulation from the cows standing in their own feces and then being cut into large pieces of meat without being fully cleaned. Because of this, the feces unfortunately got into the meat and had been eaten by the consumers.
What we eat affects not only us, but the animals, and the world. After learning the truth about where and how our meat and food products are prepared and the effects they cause on our bodies, I was shocked and disgusted. As a society, we can make a few small changes that will have a big and healthy impact on the world and how we live. Usually when you think about a cow, you picture a large farm, a red barn and cows eating grass. But this isn’t what actually goes on.