Factory Farming Essay

Submitted By silen
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actory farming is not only irresponsible and in many ways a form of animal abuse, it’s also an existing danger to consumers buying animal products. For most American consumers today the thought of how their meal made it to their plate or the concept of where their food really came from, or what kind of life an animal led before it was dinner doesn’t cross their minds. Due to the high demand for food production such as meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs, an animal’s quality of life has gone down dramatically. There is not a truer statement than, "we are what we eat" and the animal factory food we are eating can hold some very unpleasant surprises.

In today's factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into windowless sheds and confined to wire cages, gestation crates, barren dirt lots, and other cruel confinement systems. The giant corporations that run most factory farms have found that they can make more money by cramming animals into tiny spaces, even though many of the animals get sick and some die. Most of the animals are pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones. According to Humane Farming association, “In 1954, American farmers used about half a million pounds of antibiotics a year in raising food animals. Today, about half of the 50 million pounds of antibiotics produced in the U.S. each year is used for animals, 80 percent of which is poured directly into feed to make animals grow faster.” The factory farming industry strives to maximize output while