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The animals

Cows, pigs, chickens, fish, and other animals raised for food have little to no legal protection from cruelty. Although they are individuals who are capable of thinking and feeling and want to enjoy their lives, they live miserable lives on factory farms all around the world.


Chickens are the most abused land animals on the planet. More chickens are raised and killed for food than all pigs, cows, and lambs combined. However, not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse - even though most Americans say that they would support such a law. Chickens spend their entire lives in filthy sheds with tens of thousands of other birds. They are bred to grow so large so quickly that their legs and organs cannot keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and crippling leg deformities common. Those who survive this miserable existence will typically be slaughtered at just 42 days old.



Whether they are raised in industrial fish farms or caught in the wild, fish have zero legal protections in how they’re treated or slaughtered. Fish often live in complex social groups, they use tools and exhibit signs of anxiety and pain. However, fish are treated like commodities by the fishing industry.

Most of the fish eaten today are raised inland or ocean-based aquafarms. Spending their entire lives confined in tightly packed environments. In the factory farm industry, fish suffer for up to two years in water that has high levels of ammonia and nitrates. It is common that groups of fish will become infested with parasites which feed on the gills, organs, and blood of fish. Bacterial infections also run rampant.



Did you know that pigs are considered to be smarter than dogs? Yet factory farms confine them to cramped warehouses where they will never see the sunlight or breath fresh air. Perhaps those who suffer the most are the females. They are forcibly impregnated throughout their lives and spend much of it confined in cages so small they can’t even turn around. A mother gives birth inside a tiny metal crate, restrained and unable to nurture her piglets. She suffers both physically and mentally.


Cows and bulls raised for meat are socially complex animals who have friendships and experience pain, fear, and anxiety when beaten or separated from their herd. On factory farms, cows live out most of their lives on giant filthy feedlots. They are packed with thousands of other animals and never even able to step foot on grass. Painful mutilations are common in the industry. Farmers cut out or burn their horns, brand them by fire hot irons, and castrate males calves typically without any anesthesia. All of this cruelty occurs before they even reach the slaughterhouse.