No matter who you are or how you eat, we can all agree that this is totally messed up:
1. Gestation Crates/Extreme Confinement
Most people have no idea that the pork industry forces mother pigs to live almost their entire lives in cages so small the animals can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. In fact, these cages are so patently cruel they’ve been banned in nine states and the entire European Union.
Male piglets born on factory farms have their testicles ripped out without any painkillers. I repeat: testicles ripped out. And all baby pigs have their tails chopped off and teeth clipped—also without anesthetics.
Don’t know what thumping is? Be prepared to be shocked. Many piglets who are too sick or too small to meet industry standards are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors. Others are tossed into overcrowded gassing carts where they slowly suffocate from CO2. This sounds like something straight out of a horror film, but this practice is not only legal; it’s considered standard practice by the pork industry.
Yes, of course we all know that pigs are killed for bacon, but we usually don’t think of the violent, brutal way they die. All animals value their lives and want to be free from harm.
5. Farmers Feed Dead Piglets and Feces to Pigs
In 2013, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV), an often fatal diarrheal illness, killed a tenth of pigs raised for pork. Last year, Fox News reported that farmers were combating the epidemic by feeding pigs manure containing the virus or remains of dead piglets who were infected in the U.S.
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And remember, the best thing we can do to help stop animal abuse is to leave animals off our plates. Visit ChooseVeg.com today and learn more about going vegan.