Farmed pigs being moved to their transport for slaughter. What happened to hurding?
My motto is “awareness is a choice” so choose it! For years now the media has been uncovering dire conditions where live stock; cute cows, pigs, and chickens have been born or placed into deplorable industrial raising and slaughter farms that toss, mutilate, and over crowd these wonderful animals for us to purchase at the grocery store and eat later on. Before you turn the page remember, awareness is a choice and even if you don’t have money to donate to deconstructing such hanus animal practices you can read, watch, and learn then make your own choice at the supermarket.
“I didn’t think cruelty was an issue because, like many, I assumed this sort of thing couldn’t happen. Of course there are regulations in place. The government wouldn’t allow animals to suffer would it? It’s against the law right? How naive.” (Quote from: AnimalCrueltyFacts.org)
Why we shouldn’t abuse animals
Animals have been placed on this earth alongside and with humans. Due to our intellect, we ended up being the dominant species. We have learned to use animals to make our lives easier and more pleasurable. We use them for food, clothing, transport, protection, entertainment and companionship. In return, humane treatment is the least we can provide (http://animalcrueltyfacts.org).
7 Reasons to think before you buy Iowa Farms Products
Mercy for Animal’s investigation uncovered:
1. Workers grabbing piglets by their fragile ears or legs and throwing them across the room and slamming them into transport carts.
2. Workers tattooing sows by repeatedly driving sharp metal spikes into their flesh.
3. Sows with untreated rectal prolapses and deep, infected sores and scrapes from constant rubbing against the bars of their stalls.
Rectal prolapse of a pig in a confined space due to industrial farming. Just another day on the farm...Courtesey of: http://www.thepigsite.com
4. Workers cutting off piglets’ tails with dull pliers and castrating them by ripping out their testes with their bare hands – all without anesthesia.
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5. Thousands of pregnant pigs confined in two-feet wide metal stalls so small that they could only take one step forward or backward and could not turn around or lie down comfortably.
6. Injured, sick and runt piglets being tossed into overcrowded gassing kill carts, slowly suffocating from CO2.
7. Workers firing steel rods into sows’ heads, sometimes as many as four separate times, before the sows fell and died.
Courtesy of: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/pigs
Some Brands to avoid when hitting the market:
Popular supermarket brands that lead the market in animal cruelty.
Happy and friendly animal alternatives include:
- Happy mom and her piglet.
- Thanks to: BabyAnimalZoo.com
- Buy fresh meat from your grocery butcher then freeze it. But ask them where they purchase their stock from.
- Buy organic/ Free range meats at your grocery butcher, farmers market or local farm.
- Whole Foods Grocery Market frozen and fresh
- Find a local farm near you. To locate one go to: http://www.eatwild.com/products
- To locate an organic, animal and health friendly grocer go to: http://www.organicstorelocator.com
For further reading on how to become aware and choose alternatives for happier animals please visit the links below.