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Animals suffer miserably on factory farms. Mercy For Animals works to expose and end their abuse.
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Factory Farming: Hell on Earth

Pigs, cows, chickens, fish, and other animals raised for food suffer miserably on modern farms. Animal cruelty laws that protect dogs and cats specifically exclude farmed animals from most protection. As a result, blatant abuse is now standard practice on farms both large and small.

A Life of Pain

With little to no legal protection from sickening cruelty, farmed animals are subjected to many routine abuses during their short, miserable lives on factory farms.

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Intensely Confined

Farmed animals are crammed by the thousands into dark, waste-filled sheds. Many spend their entire lives locked in cages so small they can't turn around.

Mutilated

Animals have their tails cut off, teeth clipped out, and beaks and horns seared off with a hot metal blade. Males have their testicles cut off without anesthesia.

Abused

Workers often punch, kick, and whip sick and injured animals to move them around farm sheds.

Genetically Manipulated

Animals are artificially bred to grow so fat so quickly they often suffer crippling leg problems and heart attacks at just a few months of age.

Denied Veterinary Care

Sick and injured animals are not given veterinary care. Instead they are left to slowly suffer to death on the floors of sheds.

Painfully Killed

Many animals are killed while still fully conscious. Common killing methods include slitting animals' throats and shooting metal rods through their brains.

By the Numbers

9 BILLION

farmed animals killed for food each year in the U.S.

9 MILLION

farmed animals killed for food each year in Canada.

300 MILLION

unwanted male chicks killed by the U.S. egg industry each year.

300 MILLION

unwanted male chicks killed by the Canadian egg industry each year.

31

farmed animals a vegetarian spares every year

31

farmed animals a vegetarian spares every year

0

federal laws protecting animals on factory farms


Behind the Stats

Each animal raised and killed for food has a story. Here are four such stories.

Jenny’s Story

Imagine spending your entire life constantly pregnant and locked in a cage so small you couldn’t even turn around. It’s the only life that Jenny ever knew.

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Maggie’s Story

Her brothers were tossed alive into a giant grinding machine. But for Maggie, a lifetime of unspeakably cruel treatment had just begun.

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Sara’s Story

Her swollen, infected udder sagging beneath her, Sara was forced to produce up to 140 pounds of milk a day. The abuse suffered by her baby calves was even worse.

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Betty's Story

Betty didn’t make it past seven weeks of age. Waste-covered floors and a sea of bodies were the only things she saw in her short, painful life.

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