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Some people find it incredibly difficult to understand why the common farming practices carried out on pigs, chickens, cows, geese, goats, and sheep are so cruel and inhumane. This is because society has conditioned us to believe that it’s okay to treat farmed animals differently than others because they don’t “feel” emotional or physical pain in the same way. However, this is a flat-out lie.

When you spend time with these animals, you quickly understand that they are every bit as complex as any other animal on the planet, including our cats and dogs. Here’s a simple way to understand and to teach others that the way we treat farmed animals is not ethical or acceptable. Read through the list of common practices which farm animals have to endure every single day around the globe, and ask yourself whether you would pay someone to do this to your cat or dog.

1. Cutting Their Tails Off

In order to prevent tails being mutilated or bitten off due to overcrowding in pens, tails are cut off shortly after birth, without anesthesia or pain killers.

2. Ripping Their Teeth Out

Piglets also have their teeth ripped out at the same time as they have their tails docked to prevent them from causing harm to each other when they’re confined in their tiny pens.

3. Locking Them in Cages Where They Cannot Turn Around

Factory farmed animals are often kept in cages where there is not even enough room to turn around, stretch their wings fully, or extend their legs.

4. Taking Away Their Babies Immediately After Birth

It’s standard practice to take calves away from their mothers within a day of birth, a process which causes immense emotional stress and deprives the newborn of its mother’s milk.

5. Forcing a Tube Down Their Throat 

Geese in the foie gras industry are force fed huge volumes of corn slop through long metal tubes, giving them no choice but to consume it.

6. Stealing Their Milk

Cows produce milk to feed their own babies, yet in the dairy industry, they are hooked up to machines which steal the milk for human consumption instead.

7. Filling Them Full of Drugs to Make Them Grow Faster

Almost all farm animals on intensive farms are routinely fed drugs and antibiotics in order to make them grow much faster than nature intended. Chickens are forced to grow so big that many suffer from broken legs and joint troubles.

8. Branding or Tagging Them for Identification

One method of identifying cows and pigs is by branding them with a hot iron which causes considerable pain and discomfort. Another way of doing it, for sheep, goats, and sometimes cows, is by punching a tag through the ear, which is also very painful and can become infected.

9. Depriving Them of Sunlight

Locking animals away in darkness and depriving them of ever seeing the sunlight is an industry norm for many industrialized farms.

10. Slaughtering Them at a Young Age and Eating Their Dead Bodies

Farm animal lives are cut extremely short because as soon as they reach the desired size, or they become less productive milk producers or egg layers, they are sent to the slaughter for people to eat.

Even though society deems it acceptable to do every single one of these things on a regular basis to certain animals, if someone were to do them to a dog or a cat, they’d probably be arrested for animal cruelty.

The thought of cutting a dog’s tail off, ripping her teeth out, branding her instead of giving her a name, shoving her in a tiny cage for her entire life, making her have puppies and then taking them away, and continuing to milk her so that you can drink the milk, before finally killing her and making dinner with her carcass sounds pretty psychotic. Yet this is what happens to billions of farm animals every single year.

If the thought of doing this to a cat or dog makes you feel disgusted, then you should ask yourself — do you believe this is an acceptable way to treat any animal?

Image Source: Farm Sanctuary/Flickr

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495 comments on “10 Cruel Things Done to Farm Animals That No Sane Person Would Do to a Cat or Dog”

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1 Years Ago

Most of this is totally untrue, at least in the state where I live.

john pasqua
1 Years Ago


1 Years Ago

I just returned from a local pig stockyard where we video and document the horrors these animals live in. Today we saw a dead bloated pig, blood pooled around her head, lying amongst the living pigs. There was also a youngster downer with no access to food or water. Hardly any pens had food and this occurs routinely. Downers are left in pain and suffering for days without food or water.
There are no laws that protect farmed animals in our state and most of the US. When we report atrocities to the authorities, we are threatened with arrest. Ag doesn\'t want the public to know how bad this industry is, but believe the horror stories. Farmed animals are in a living hell.

27 May 2017

cindy- watch \'cowspiracy.\'

if you haven\'t seen it, you\'ll wish you had.

agribusiness is a dirty word.

27 May 2017

We should all be rethinking averything.

Tanya Lynn
2 Years Ago

I agree with you TherésCarlsson

Jon Dark
2 Years Ago

Some of this is bollox. Some of these practices only happen in certain countries and some of them not at all. Intensive farming is not the only kind of farming.

27 May 2017

All other kinds of farming are all part of the same system as intensive farming: they are businesses for the purpose of producing a "product" in the shortest period of time with the least amount of cost in order to get a profit so that they can stay in business. They all have the same goal: the animals never survive.

What do you think puppy mills are? Dog farming.

Kobi Brown
2 Years Ago

Haven't been able to go vegan though. It's hard to give up cheese!

Kobi Brown
2 Years Ago

One of the reasons I do not eat meat and have not for many years!

Robin Dimock
2 Years Ago

I eat meat, but not a lot. I am re-thinking my diet and considering going vegetarian. We really WEREN'T made to eat meat. We have large intestines. All animals on the planet that have large intestines, eat fruit and veggies.....all except us. It takes a long time for meat to digest in a large intestine. So....besides the cruelty factor.....meat isn't healthy. It sits in our intestines and starts rotting......whereas fruit and veggie eaters glean the nutrients and vitamins from them, therefore being healthier.

01 Jun 2017

wow you\'re 100% right :) my belly is filled with rotting meat right as we....speak. Stay scientific Jerry :)!

Sydney Picard
2 Years Ago

I mean look how cute and fuzzy they are.. they must be terrified.. I want to cry. I want to read the article but I just can't. How can people be so cruel to a living thing.

Sydney Picard
2 Years Ago

I can't even read this. I will cry. Just looking at this picture makes me want to vomit. I don't think the answer is veganism as our bodies are made to consume meat- but there definitely needs to be a change in the meat industry. My god, those poor animals.

21 Dec 2017

Sidney, the only way to stop this atrocity is going vegan. NO OTHER WAY!

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