Cruelty in the
Animal Industry:
Living creatures being treated as mass-producing machines

    Broiler Sheds
    With tens of thousands of chicks packed into each building, the sheds become increasingly crowded as the
    animals grow larger. Chickens often have to walk on top of one another—and over the bodies of others who
    have died—to get to food and water.

    Many chickens in factory farms get sick and die because of the cramped and filthy conditions. Instead of giving
    their birds more space and a cleaner living area, farmers mix large quantities of antibiotics into the birds’ feed
    in an attempt to stave off disease, but many of the birds still die. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study found
    that greater than 99 percent of chicken carcasses are contaminated with E. coli bacteria, largely because of
    the filthy conditions in the sheds where they are raised.
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    When their egg production drops, hens are deprived of water and food for up to 14 days at a time in order to
    shock their bodies into a period of increased laying. This extremely cruel practice, called “forced molting,”
    causes birds to lose their feathers and a significant percentage of their body weight, and many birds die from
    hunger and dehydration. The hen below was rescued from a factory farm after her body was devastated by
    forced molting.
    Battery Cages
    The hens spend their entire lives in tiny wire “battery” cages, which measure roughly 18 inches by 20 inches
    and hold five to 11 hens who each have a wingspan of 32 inches. Each hen has an area smaller than a sheet
    of notebook paper in which to stand and doesn’t have enough space to spread even one wing. The cages are
    stacked on top of one another, so excrement from hens in higher cages often falls on those below. Ammonia
    and the stench of feces hang heavy in the air, and disease is rampant in these filthy, cramped conditions.