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1. Animals in factory farms can’t turn around, lie down comfortably, or stretch their limbs because they’re confined to spaces too small.
2. The World Health Organization places processed meats like bacon and hot dogs in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos and cigarettes.
3. The meat industry has bears, coyotes, wolves, foxes, prairie dogs, and other wildlife killed to protect livestock.
4. Animal agriculture uses a whopping 56 percent of water in the United States.
5. Piglets in factory farms who are too sick or too small are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors. This standard industry practice is called thumping.
6. Dehorning, tail docking, debeaking, and castration are mutilations performed daily in factory farms without anesthesia.
7. Not a single federal law protects animals during their lives in factory farms.
8. Since they don’t lay eggs or grow quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat, male chicks are ground up alive, gassed, or suffocated.
9. A Royal Society Open Science study found that fish in factory farms often suffer from severe depression and “drop out,” or float around lifelessly.
10. The dairy industry rips calves away from their mothers when the babies are only a day old, often causing mother cows to go into depression.
11. The meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than all the transportation in the world combined.
12. Chickens raised and killed for meat have been bred to grow so rapidly they frequently become immobilized under their own weight and endure debilitating pain.
13. The Mayo Clinic found that long-term vegetarians live on average 3.6 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts.
14. The USDA estimates that about 1 million birds a year are boiled alive.
15. Most farmed animals won't even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.
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