A factory farm is a large-scale industrial operation
that houses thousands of animals raised for food—such as chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs—and treats them with hormones and antibiotics to prevent disease and maximize their growth and food output.
Today, very few animals roam freely on traditional farms. Most animals produced for food in Australia suffer behind the closed doors of large industrial facilities known as factory farms. They are treated like commodities in a production line and their pain and distress is disregarded in the pursuit of profit.
Factory farming causes the most suffering to the largest number of animals in Australia – more than 500 million every year. They have no voice, they cannot defend themselves and are legally classified as 'property'.
Various kinds of factory farming are slowly being phased out in some countries, such as Europe, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. However, factory farming is practised throughout the world.
• Factory farming is the number 1 cause of animal cruelty today.
• It's legal to cut bits and pieces off conscious animals in factory farms... without pain relief.
• Chickens naturally live up to 12 years. Chickens bred for meat live only 6 weeks.
• For every cage egg on a supermarket shelf a hen endured 30 hours of misery.
• It's legal in most of Australia to cage a mother pig so she can't turn around, for MONTHS.
• Factory farming contributes to pollution, deforestation & climate change.
• Factory farms generate the waste of a small city, with the pollution threatening people, fish & earth
• Factory farms are food factories in reverse. They use more food than they produce.
• 2 out of every 3 farm animals in the world are now factory farmed.
• Worldwide, about 70 billion farm animals are now reared for food each year.
Pigs have the intelligence of a three year old child. But factory farms condemn them to a 'lifetime' of perpetual boredom, stress and depression.
Most piglets will have their tails cut off, their teeth cut with pliers, and if they are male, they may be castrated. The beaks of chickens, turkeys and ducks are often removed in factory farms to reduce the excessive feather pecking and cannibalism seen among stressed, overcrowded birds. All without pain relief.
If someone did this to a puppy, they could be prosecuted for animal cruelty. But our law makers have deemed it acceptable for factory farmers to cut bits and pieces off conscious baby animals to fit them into cruel systems.
Factory farming is costing more food that’s its taking. Animals are fed about 6kg of plant protein to produce just 1kg of animal protein. The numbers don't add up. Nearly 1 billion people are suffering from malnutrition from all over the world, one third of the world's edible cereal harvest is being fed to farm animals. That cereal would be enough to feed about three billion people.
Factory farms emit harmful gases and particles such as methane and hydrogen sulphide, which can contribute to global warming and harm the health of those living or working nearby. Air pollution results from the overuse of machinery, the mismanagement of manure, and the irresponsible feeding practices that characterize industrial farming.
There are many things in this world that we are powerless to change but this is not one of them. Factory farming only exists to meet the current demand for pork, chicken and egg products - a demand that would never have occurred had consumers known how the animals were treated. To end factory farming we need to reduce this demand to one that can be met by animals living in environments where they can be assured quality of life and protection from cruel treatment.
If Factory farms were banned worldwide, the negative impact would be that meat would cost more. Although, if factory farming was shut down and quickly replaced, local/organic farms would ultimately be better due to the animals' conditions, the quality of products, and the rebuilding of support of organic/local farming.
But more importantly the welfare of the animals and environment would be significantly better off, we would have more water and wheat recourses that can be used to help developing countries who are in desperate need of them. As well as many human diseases will be reduced as well as ended.
Factory Farming doesn’t have anything good coming from it, all it does is causes grief for animals, humans and the world.