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We love our cats and dogs. We enjoy their cuddles, playfulness, and of course, their unconditional love. We bring them into our homes, share our beds and couches, care for them, and give them the lives of comfort they deserve.

While everyone knows cats and dogs are wonderful companions, fewer people think of farm animals in the same light. It may surprise you to learn that pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with people and other animals. They love to sleep together, cuddled up nose-to-nose. Pigs love to play too – in fact, pigs are basically large pink dogs. Knowing what we do about these dynamic animals, the cruelty they face in factory farms is  heartbreaking.

Take this photo by Jo-Anne McArthur as an example. The piglet in the photo was just born. In the first moments of his life, he was castrated and his tail was clipped off without anesthetic. This is a common practice in factory farms, where pigs spend their lives in horrifying conditions.

While McArthur was photographing this factory farm, a cat followed her in and watched the pigs for some time.

A cat watches a piglet suffer in a factory farm.


While this pig and cat have so many similarities, the cat will never face such cruelty or end up on someone’s plate, while a life of pain is all the pig will ever know. Seeing these animals side by side begs the question of why treat two animals that share so much in common so differently?

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121 comments on “Image Tells the Sad Story of Life for Animals in Factory Farms”

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Christina Seggos
2 Years Ago

So sad!!

Larissa Oliveira
2 Years Ago

André Rossi

Kelly Foster
2 Years Ago

All meat eating humans should be killed !!!

Lisa Maree Akhurst
2 Years Ago

It's truly gone behind the joke - there honestly needs to be some system to monitor how much meat each individual consumes and bring this barbaric consumption down! Want to eat more? grow and feed it yourself and then kill it.. Ignorance and blind eyes are amongst most of us. Hopefully things change sooner than later =(

Karina Padilla
2 Years Ago

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Kristen Peters
2 Years Ago

BOO! :( One Green Planet is (usually) for uplifting stories only.

Pearl Gill
2 Years Ago

Denver Pahner
2 Years Ago

So sad

Jean Kennedy Patrick
2 Years Ago

Heartbreakingly sad!!!


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