Factory Farming & Animal Abuse

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Click here to see all factory farming and animal abuse-related posts on Pulse.

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Especially Important Factory Farming Posts On Pulse

Undercover Horse Abuse Video Exposes Shocking Cruelty
Burger King Adopts Animal-Friendly Policies
Arsenic In Our Chicken?
McDonald’s Insists On Better Treatment Of Pigs
Mother Jones Details Elephant Abuse By The Greatest Show On Earth
The Rotten Truth Behind Egg McMuffins
Documentary: ‘Queen Of The Sun – What Are The Bees Telling Us?’
Mark Zuckerberg: Why He’s Killing The Meat He Eats
Hidden Cameras Expose Farm Animal Abuse
Movie: ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’
UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans
Genetically Modified Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk
UN Report: Humans Must Change Behaviour To Save Bees, Food
Temple Grandin, Claire Danes & HBO’s Movie
Humane Society Claims Abuse At Smithfield Foods Farm
Ric O’Barry Update On ‘The Cove’ – Save Japan Dolphins
Revised Map Charts Unprecedented Growth In Factory Farming
Sign This Pledge: Be More Humane To Hens; Help End Factory Farming
Filthy Conditions At Egg Farms Driving Cage-Free Movement

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Especially Important Anti Factory Farming Websites

Wikipedia On Factory Farming
Factory Farm Map

• Mercy for Animals
Food & Water Watch On factory Farms

Animals Used For Food (PETA)
Animals Used For Clothing (PETA)
Animals Used For Experimentation (PETA)
Animals Used For Entertainment (PETA)
Search For Cruelty-Free Companies And Products (PETA)

Farm Sanctuary
The Meatrix
The Peaceable Kingdom
The Witness
Tribe of Heart

The Human Society Of The United States
Swiss Animal Protection SAP

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On the night of Tuesday, September 18, 2007 a cow was spotted on the streets of Queens. She was tagged for slaughter, but escaped that fate and literally ran for her life. Police and firefighters captured her and brought her to Animal Care & Control in Manhattan. From there, Farm Sanctuary’s rescue team stepped in to bring the Fugitive cow, now named Maxine, to safety at our 175-acre sanctuary for farm animals where she will live out her life in peace and comfort.

Thanks to the people who responded to help this cow in need, Maxine will have a life full of green pastures, a warm cozy barn, nourishing food and fresh water, veterinary care, a herd of cattle friends, and the love of shelter caregivers at Farm Sanctuary.

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Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the disturbing reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa.

New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a http://www.MercyForAnimals.org undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries.

The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks’ mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine.

For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 21 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.

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A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into a McDonald’s egg supplier exposes the fast-food giant’s secret ingredient: shocking cruelty to animals.

Hidden-camera footage taken at Sparboe Egg Farm facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado reveals:

• Hens crammed into filthy wire cages with less space for each bird than a standard-sized sheet of paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to fully stretch her wings or engage in most other natural behaviors

• Workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without any painkillers and callously throwing them into cages, some missing the cage doors and hitting the floor

• Rotted hens, decomposed beyond recognition as birds, left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption

• A worker tormenting a bird by swinging her around in the air while her legs were caught in a grabbing device — violence described as “torture” by another worker

• Chicks trapped and mangled in cage wire — others suffering from open wounds and torn beaks

• Live chicks thrown into plastic bags to be suffocated

Common sense tells us that animals should be given at a minimum the freedom to walk, stretch their limbs, turn around and engage in natural behaviors. Yet, this McDonald’s supplier deprives hens of even these most basic freedoms.

Barren battery cages are so cruel that the entire European Union and the states of California and Michigan have banned their use. Additionally, leading food retailers, such as Whole Foods, Hellmann’s, and Wolfgang Puck, and hundreds of colleges and universities refuse to use or sell eggs from hens subjected to the inherent abuses of battery cages.

MFA is calling on McDonald’s Corporation to end its use of eggs from hens confined in battery cages in the United States, as it has already in the European Union.

Sadly, not a single federal law currently provides any protection to birds at the hatchery, on the factory farm, or during slaughter. Further, most states — including those in which this investigation was conducted — have sweeping exemptions for farmed animals, which allow for abuses to run rampant without prosecution.

While McDonald’s has the moral obligation and purchasing power to lessen the cruelty suffered by the millions of hens who are abused and exploited to produce eggs for its restaurants, consumers also hold enormous power of their own in preventing animal abuse by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.

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Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

The Cove exposes not only the tragedy of dolphin slaughtering in Japan, but also the dangerously high levels of mercury in dolphin meat and seafood, the cruelty in capturing dolphins for entertainment, and the depletion of our oceans fisheries by worldwide seafood consumption. We also see how the mandate of the International Whaling Commission has been manipulated by the Japanese Fisheries Agency for its benefit and its subsequent effect on the rest of the world.

For more information about this documentary and the work of Ric O’Barry, go here.

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The Humane Society of the United States investigated two of the top five pork producers in the US, one of them being a direct supplier of pork to Walmart, to find the ugly truth behind the gestation crate system and the misleading quality standards and animal welfare commitments from the industry.

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