||(Confined Animal Feeding Operations)
(otherwise known as factory farms)
Oh, how I wish it wasn't true!
A factory farm is a large-scale industrial operation that houses hundreds or
thousands of food animals (such as chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs) in
extremely cramped conditions and treats them as non-sentient economic
These animals rarely, if ever, see the light of day and lead short lives full of pain
CAFOs are where most animal products come from,
including supermarket-sold products.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FACTORY FARMING:
Mercy for Animals
3/24/04 - At some farms, it's 'hog hell'
5/29/07 - Poultry Slaughterhouse Undercover Investigation
5/6/08 - Undercover Investigation Exposes Shocking Cruelty at California Egg
9/5/08 - AgriProcessors Undercover Investigation
3/24/09 - New England Egg Farm Investigation
8/29/09 - Undercover Investigation at Hy-Line Hatchery
9/3/09 - Warning: Baby chicks ground alive so we can eat our omelets
1/25/10 - Cruelty at New York's Largest Dairy Farm
1/26/10 - Got Milk? Got Ethics? Animal Rights v. U.S. Dairy Industry
4/15/10 - Investigation of Weaver Brothers Egg Farm
5/26/10 - Dairy Factory Farm Abuse in Ohio
8/30/10 - Cruelty to Baby Calves in Ohio, narrated by Bob Barker
11/16/10 - 925 Pigs Found Dead In Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania Farm Barn,
Apparent Act Of Cruelty
5/13/11 - Four Calves Rescued From Hell On Earth
7/2/11 - Horrors revealed on an Iowa pig farm
11/17/11 - McDonald's Cruelty: The Rotten Truth About Egg McMuffins
2/16/12 - Cruelty in Iowa Pig Breeding Factory Farm Revealed
5/9/12 - Video Shows Farm Workers Kicking, Tossing Piglets
5/30/12 - Ontario Livestock charged with animal cruelty after hidden video
8/13/12 - WalMart Accused of 'Horrific' Animal Cruelty
8/28/12 - Butterball Farm Worker Guilty of Animal Cruelty
10/9/12 - Burger King Cruelty - Video Exposes Horrific Animal Abuse
11/16/12 - Consumer Warning: Butterball Turkey Guilty of Cruelty to Animals
11/20/12 - Calif. meat packer to pay $317M over abuse, recall
|Sensitive and intelligent beings, pigs are treated as nothing
more than machines. This pig collapsed in a pool of his own
In an issue of the journal Hog Farm Management, John
Byrnes advised: "Forget the pig is an animal. Treat him just
like a machine in a factory."
|"Dead piles" are a constant presence in factory farms. While
pigs are fed massive amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive
in conditions that would otherwise kill them, hundreds of
thousands succumb to the stress of violent mutilations and
|Veal: Baby cows that have been ripped from their mothers are
horrifically confined, then intentionally malnourished to make
the meat "desirable." They live in isolation, in their own
waste, completely neglected and abused, unable to move
around, then slaughtered. An increasing number of gourmet
and world renowned chefs are refusing to use veal in their
restaurants, recognizing it is shameful & cruel.
|Male chicks are of no economic value to the egg industry.
These chicks pictured were found dead and dying in a
dumpster behind a hatchery. Typically they are gassed or just
ground up alive.
|A modern-day feedlot. Cows of today rarely see grass or
pastures, are intensely confined, and are generally living in
horrible conditions, covered in feces. They are also given an
array of chemicals including, but not limited to: pesticides,
antibiotics, and hormones.
|This bird choked to death on his own vomit during the cruel
production of foie gras. The "delicacy" known as foie gras is
one of the most sickening examples of cruelty promoted as
"luxury." Workers shove pipes down the birds' throats two or
three times a day and pump enormous quantities of grain and
fat into the animals' stomachs so that the birds' livers will
become diseased and bloated. The birds are then killed, and
their livers are sold as foie gras to diners in fancy restaurants.
|After about six months, the animals are grabbed by their
delicate legs and slammed into crates on transport trucks,
where they will travel for many miles through all weather
extremes without food or water to the slaughterhouse. Many
animals die before they reach their final destination. There
are no laws regulating the transport of farmed animals on
trucks. People who live near factory farms or slaughterhouses
often report seeing dead or dying animals who have fallen off
the trucks on the side of the road.
|Living their entire lives in what are called battery cages, these
chickens don't have enough room to turn around or even
spread out their wings.
|Do you think "free-range" chickens are better off?
|Fish die by the millions in North Carolina's Neuse River
Watershed, largely as a result of runoff from pig factories.
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
In factory farms, mother pigs are intensively confined and
forcibly impregnated. A mother pig (sow) spends her entire
adult life confined to a metal crate so small that she can't
even turn around or lie down comfortably. Forced to live lying
in her own feces and urine, she and millions of other pigs like
her will not be allowed to step outdoors until they are forced
onto trucks headed for slaughter. Pigs are social and
intelligent animals who often go insane from their intensive
confinement and complete lack of mental stimulation in
factory farms. With nothing to do and nowhere to go, many
pigs spend their days compulsively chewing on the metal bars
of their stalls.