Cruelty in the
Animal Industry:
Living creatures being treated as mass-producing machines
    COWS
    Cows produce milk for the same reason humans do—to nourish their babies. To keep producing milk, cows
    are forcibly impregnated through artificial insemination every year. The cow's babies are generally taken
    away within a day of being born—male calves are destined for veal crates, while females are sentenced to
    the same fate as their mothers. Mother cows on dairy farms can often be seen searching and calling for their
    babies long after they have been taken away. The mother cow will be hooked up several times a day to
    machines that take the milk intended for her calf. Through genetic manipulation, powerful hormones, and
    intensive milking, she will produce about three times as much milk as she would naturally.
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Veal Factory Farms
Calves raised for veal are confined to dark, tiny crates in which they are
chained by the neck to keep them almost completely immobilized so that
their flesh stays tender. The calves are fed a liquid diet that is low in iron
and has little nutritive value in order to make their flesh white. This
heinous treatment makes the calves ill, and they frequently suffer from
anemia, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Frightened, sick, and alone, they are
killed after only a few months of life.
   

Because of the cramped, filthy conditions in which they are kept, many
calves raised for veal are very ill by the time they are loaded onto
transport trucks. The short trip from their tiny pens to the transport truck
may be the first time that these calves have a chance to walk. Some
calves, like those in this photo, die before they can be taken to the
slaughterhouse. These dead calves were dumped by a dairy company
on the side of a highway in California.





According to research published in the
Journal of Animal Science, 36 percent of
cows raised for beef and 39 percent of
cows raised for milk show signs of
lameness and crippling by the time they
arrive at slaughter. Many are frozen to
the sides of the truck or close to death
from heat exhaustion upon arrival.
Those who can't walk at all are called
"downers."
   

Transport & Slaughter
Workers kick the cows or use electric prods to force them into pens before loading them onto trucks bound for the
slaughterhouse. Cows are transported many miles without food or water through all weather extremes. In hot
weather, the cows often collapse in the heat, and in the cold, cows sometimes freeze to the side of the truck and
workers pry them off with crowbars.


Workers saw cow's heads off during slaughter. Scientists know that the brain and spinal material of cows can cause
the human variant of mad cow disease if consumed by humans, but the fast and shoddy butchering of the animals
often causes brain and spinal material to spatter onto meat that is sold to the public. A study by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture in 2002 found that 35 percent of cow flesh contained “unacceptable nervous [system]
tissues” that could cause the human variant of mad cow disease.