Factory farms hold large numbers of animals, typically cows, pigs, turkeys, or chickens, often indoors, typically at high densities. The aim of the operation is to produce large quantities of meat, eggs, or milk at the lowest possible cost. My goal is to stop factory farming altogether because the way they are treating animals is horrific and inhumane. This campaign is really important because these animals are being treated in a torturous ways.

Over the past 50 years, the industrialisation of our food system has led us from a network of smaller-scale diversified farms to mass factory farms. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices. Huge meat companies have steadily driven down the prices farmers receive for the livestock they raise, forcing farmers to get big or get out. Small farms have been replaced by factory farms that pollute nearby air and water.

More than 80 percent of pigs have pneumonia upon slaughter, A battery chicken lives on space smaller than your iPad, Animals are forced to grow up to three times faster than nature intended. Ammonia and other gases from manure irritate animals' lungs, to the point where over 80% of US pigs have pneumonia upon slaughter. The Environmental Protection Agency says that animal agriculture is the number one cause of water pollution, it’s responsible for more water pollution than all other industrial sources combined. In addition more than 90 percent of the Amazon rain forest that’s been cleared since 1970 for meat production.

Few in the community are aware that animals raised for food are denied the same legal protection from cruelty as dogs or cats. You know, as we do, that since all animals share an ability to suffer we have an ethical responsibility to protect them all from harm. The United States Department of Agriculture, which regulates free-range products for labelling purposes, relies upon the producer's word that the farm animals are indeed free range. A farmer could therefore label a product "free-range" when in fact it is not.

Farming factories need to be stop because animals are treated in horrific ways, the farms produce heaps of pollution in the environment and the factory farms can cause illness to humans

We need to stop factory farming because it is affecting the environment. Factory farming run off causes high levels of water pollution. It also is responsible for huge land clearing, and it plays a big part in global warming.

The waste lagoons on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) not only pollute our groundwater, but deplete it as well. Many of the farms use the groundwater for cleaning, cooling, and drinking. Besides the pollution, 2.9 million acres of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil were destroyed in order to grow crops to feed animals on factory farms. Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2.

It is clear that the plant cannot handle this much pollution. Factory Farms need to be stopped now in order to keep the planet healthy.

Farming factories need to be stop because animals are treated in horrific ways. They keep them in cramped cages, they injure the animals for their profit and the put them through constant mental stress.

A battery chicken is forced to live on a space smaller than your iPad. Some chickens grow so unnaturally large that their legs cannot support their outsized bodies, and they suffer from starvation or dehydration when they can’t walk to reach food and water. Most factory-farmed animals have been genetically manipulated to grow larger or to produce more milk or eggs than they naturally would.

In reality, the animals who we use for food are emotionally complex, intelligent beings with rich experiences of the world. Most will never see the sun, feel the earth under their feet, nurture their young, build a nest, roost, forage for food or socialise as nature intended.

Instead they are permanently confined in cages or packed together in such large numbers they struggle to find space to move or reach their food. On factory farms, baby animals are mutilated without pain relief – the tails, teeth and genitalia of piglets and the beaks of chicks are brutally clipped,13 as well as the horns, tails, and testicles of calves – because it is practical, cheap and, alarmingly, lawful to do so.

These animals do not deserve to be put through all this pain and stress. This is why factory farming needs to stop right now.

Factory farms can have terrible effects on humans as well. The growth hormones they use have been proven to cause cancer and other illnesses.

The six growth hormones commonly used by the U.S. dairy industry have been shown to significantly increase the risk of breast, prostate, and colon cancer in beef consumers. Not only does the meat cause illness, Waste pollutes the air we breathe and the water we drink. Every second, our nation’s factory farms create roughly 89,000 pounds of waste, which contains highly concentrated chemical and bacterial toxins—all without the benefit of waste-treatment systems.

People who live near factory farms face the constant threat that run-off from the farms will poison their waterways, bringing serious illness and even death to their communities. Factory farms and the contamination that they produce cause illnesses in humans that range from brain damage and depression to miscarriage and birth defects. They are also responsible for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and severe respiratory problems. Scientists have shown that there is a link between exposure to the toxic chemicals found in animal waste and severe illness. According to University of Southern California toxicology professor Dr. Kaye H. Kilburn, the “coincidence of people showing a pattern of impairment and being exposed to hydrogen sulphide arising from lagoons where hog manure is stored and then sprayed on fields or sprayed into the air” has a “practically undeniable” connection to neurological disorders in communities around the farms

Factory farms are causing illness to the people who support them by buying the meat. This is yet another reason why these farms must stop.

The use of factory farms must change now, these farms are treating animals in torturous ways. We can all do this by pushing for tougher laws, not supporting the factories by buying free range products which will slowly put these factories out of business. Another way to slow down factory farms is avoid buying imported meats which are often produced in unregistered farms. Clear labelling needs to be added so people know what they are buying.

Hopefully these actions will start slowing down the factory farms and encourage people to choose free range. If we stop factory farming animals will get to live freely without torture, humans won’t get sick from all the contaminated meat and pollution will be reduced.

Overall factory farming must be stopped. There are animals that live their whole lives in a dark cages where they can’t even turn around, these animals are constantly put through physical and mental torture and do not deserve this. Not only is factory farming affecting animals if affects the people and planet.

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