In the egg industry, when the chick is born male, it is automatically discarded for lacking utility. The most common forms of ‘discard’ of chicks are extremely cruel: death by crusher or by suffocation in a huge plastic waste bag.
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In the dairy industry, the cow is kept permanently pregnant to be able to produce milk. When the cub is born male, it is taken from the mother soon after birth and slaughtered with a few weeks of life, to produce veal.
Exploited for consumption, chickens are among the most suffering animals in the world during their lifetime. In Brazil alone, about 200 million chickens live under extreme confinement in the egg industry. This is more than six times the total number of abandoned animals on the streets in Brazil. Throughout life, these hens are kept in spaces so small they can barely move or even stretch their wings.
The little pigs have their testicles removed without any kind of anesthesia when they are still young. Amazingly, this is legal and, according to the meat industry, totally acceptable.
The chickens are manipulated in an absolutely unnatural way, to the point of growing so fast that in a few weeks barely hold their own weight. The result is animals with broken legs that can not even move.
In Brazil, there are almost 7 billion chickens slaughtered per year for human consumption. To kill so many animals quickly, maximizing profit, the industry uses unimaginably cowardly processes. In many places, birds are hung upside down, given electric shocks, dipped in scorching water, and have their throats cut – and the worst: even after going through all this, many of them remain conscious.
The swine industry uses gestation cells that keep sows immobilized in what is perhaps the cruellest practice of restraint used around the world, so inhumane that it has been banned in many countries.
You may have never thought about it, but the meat industry is already considered by many to be humanity’s greatest crime. This topic has gained prominence in newspapers of worldwide importance, such as The Guardian. The numbers are astronomical: about 70 BILLION of land animals are exploited and slaughtered annually for consumption.
Is there more suffering in a glass of milk or steak?
Although some meat eaters do not want to admit (or hear about it), it is well known that the process for meat production involves great animal suffering. But vegetarians already understand why we should not eat cows: they are sentient beings and deserve a happy life as much as we do.
Despite this, many of us continue to consume dairy products because we think that cows are not dead to produce milk or cheese, so it would be okay to consume these products. I myself believed in this myth, thinking that if the animal did not have to die to “give” milk, then I should not be vegan – it would be very “radical.”
But the truth is that dairy cows lead terrible lives, full of sadness, pain and suffering. The dairy industry promotes death not only when calves become veal, but the fate of every dairy cow is slaughter. With all of this in mind, we have to ask ourselves, “Is there more cruelty in a glass of milk or a piece of steak?”
Bovine animals raised by the meat industry are separated from their mothers early, though not as quickly as the dairy industry’s offspring. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Fisheries, “the priority of beef production is to create as many calves as possible.”
This means that calves are weaned completely around seven to eight months, which gives the cow time to “recover after weaning.”
Of course, cows can live up to 25 years of age, but cows raised for the cut industry are usually slaughtered at 1 to 3 years of age.
During the first six months, the cow spends his time in the pasture. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), cows are the only livestock that spend much of their lives outdoors. After this six-month period (sometimes up to a year), the cow is then transferred to the confinement with hundreds or thousands of other cows. Here, his dietary changes, aimed at excessive consumption of grains, can cause digestive problems, chronic pain and even death. The cow (or ox) of the cutting industry will live under these conditions until it reaches the slaughter weight.
There are many common practices on industrial farms that would be considered crimes if they were committed against our domestic animals.
Male calves are castrated at an early age, “to improve the quality of the meat”. One method involves surgically removing the testicles with a scalpel, “by squeezing the spermatic cord with tweezers, so that the blood flow is interrupted until the testicles fall.” Regardless of the method used, analgesics are rarely (or never) given to the ox, which remains with pain for several days.
In addition to castration, cows are marked with hot iron. Iron at about 510 ° C is pressed onto the skin of the cows for several seconds while they are held immobilized without administration of any analgesic.
Like the humans, the gestation period of a cow is 9 months. She is milked for most of the pregnancy and when it gives birth, the calf will be taken. If it is male, it will be arrested a tiny cell for, in the maximum in 16 weeks, to be slaughtered and to turn veal. If the calf is female, it will become a dairy cow and the torture clue will continue.
Once you have your baby taken, the dairy cow will be attached to milking machines. According to the ASPCA, on average “dairy cows produce about 45 liters of milk per day – 10 times more than normal. This is due to hormones, artificial diets and genetically selected creations. ”
One cruel practice that many dairy cows face is having their tail removed without anesthesia. It is believed that this keeps the breast glands clean, but this myth has already been overturned.
Cows also have their horns ripped or burned – again, without any relief from pain.
Many avoid meat because the animal needs to be killed, but continue to drink milk because they believe that this does not involve animal suffering. It is a fact that a dairy cow need not be killed to produce milk, but they do not end up in a kind of retreat when the “production” of milk declines.
After about 5 years, she is no longer as profitable as her younger peers. So what does a rancher do? He kills the cow. Yes, the life of a dairy cow ends at the slaughterhouse, in exactly the same way as in the meat industry.
So, after all, the dairy cow is murdered, too. Given the fact that cows raised for meat do not have their babies stolen anytime soon, then there is actually more cruelty in a glass of milk than in a piece of steak. This is not to say that suffering in the meat industry is insignificant, on the contrary, we know the pain that animals spend in their lives. However, it is time to pay attention to the suffering faced by dairy cows. We can end this suffering. All we need to do is to stop consuming milk and its derivatives.
Enjoy a video of cute baby goats – no cruelty here
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