This is a cage-free egg farm. This supplier would be allowed to also call this farm “humanely raised” and depending on the feed, call it organic. Does it look humane to you? Does it look like they have any more space than a battery cage? They’re still debeaked. Still de-toed. The males are still ground up alive! And they’re still slaughtered. So what could possibly make this “humane”? That’s right, nothing.
The ruminal cannual - permanent access to a cow’s stomach to analyse the feed process to maximise meat and milk production. Beyond repulsive and heartbreaking.
This is fucking disgusting. How bad can you get meat industries?
:( I hate this.
Pigs are kept in cages their entire life, before being sent to abattoirs at about 4 months old, having never seen the light of day. Piglets are moved from farrowing units to metal cages or concrete pens. These pigs, who are not used to having no milk from their mother, often try to suckle from other piglets, or suckle from pigs tails. From here the piglets are moved at 6 weeks to rearing pens to be fattened. These pigs often suffer leg problems due to standing on hard floors for most of their life. This can also cause problems during travel and is one reason for before-slaughter deaths. Mother sows and their piglets are forced to suffer brutal abuse and lives of unrelenting confinement and misery.
In these systems, pregnant sows are often confined in narrow crates, unable to move freely.
The piglets reared for meat are often mutilated, without anesthetic and kept in concrete sheds without bedding. Even after a sow has given birth, the sow is still kept in a cage only centimeters lager than herself. Her piglets are kept in an adjacent cage. This is supposedly to stop the sow from crushing her piglets, although research has suggested that when given a larger area, and the correct management, the piglet death rates are not larger than when a sow crate is used. Research has shown that their are 112 leg conditions for pigs which are caused by standing on hard floors. By banning intensive farming in pigs, the amount of pigs getting these conditions would dramatically decrease.
Within a couple of weeks, the sow is inseminated again (often artificially) and starts her next pregnancy. Commercial sows normally produce just over 2 litters a year with around 10-12 piglets per litter. She has a breeding lifetime of about 3 years before being replaced and sold for slaughter. Farrowing crates also severely restrict the sow’s movement and frustrate her strong motivation to build a nest before giving birth. They prevent the sow from being able to get away from her piglets, for example if they bite her teats. It is common for piglets to have their teeth ground down or clipped, without anesthetic, to minimize biting injuries.
Growing pigs are often kept in barren, crowded conditions on slatted concrete floors without straw for bedding or rooting. These pigs have no access to outdoors and will never experience fresh air or daylight. They are unable to behave naturally and are likely to be bored and frustrated. They tend to fight and to bite each other, sometimes causing severe injury.
In addition to tooth cutting, most piglets have their tails docked to discourage tail biting. This is painful and may cause long-term pain. Stress, illness and conflict often result when piglets are abruptly weaned and mixed with unfamiliar young pigs.
Most male piglets in Europe (but not in the UK and Ireland) are castrated. Public pressure has led to a voluntary declaration aimed at ending the surgical castration of pigs in Europe by 2018. As a first step, signatories will ensure that prolonged pain relief is used for surgical castration of pigs from 2012.
Pigs travel badly and are easily stressed by transport and by pre-slaughter handling. They do not have sweat glands and are particularly susceptible to heat stress during transport. Internationally, significant numbers of pigs die each year in transport or in lairage at slaughterhouses as a result of stress.
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