Every year approximately 80 billion land animals are brutally slaughtered for human consumption. Never in history has the demand for meat been so high, nor have the conditions in which meat is produced been so inhumane. From battery cages to hormones to routine undercover footage of excessive violence by workers, factory farmed animals live humiliating, painful lives filled with unthinkable amounts of suffering.
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A broiler chicken is now four times the size of what it was in the 1950s, and it takes companies only 6 weeks -- well under half the time it used to – to grow these poor animals to their slaughter weight. In addition to added weight leading many chickens to be virtually unable to move, many die excruciatingly painful deaths, with their throats cut while they are conscious. Some chickens survive even this, only to be dragged through boiling water that defeathers them, still alive.
This conversation is not new. The horrors of factory farms are well-known and well-documented, and most Americans believe that the conditions in which animals are slaughtered en masse are unethical. In recent years, concern for factory farming conditions has increased, with research echoing what animal rights organizations have been saying for decades: that animals are sentient, capable of experiencing pain and suffering, and have a right to dignified livelihoods.Somehow, despite growing awareness and a rise in diets that reduce or altogether eliminate the consumption of animal products, the USDA has still yet to comprehensively reform our factory farming regulation. Sign now if you agree that fixing the horrors of factory farms is long overdue! We demand comprehensive animal welfare reform in factory farming now!