Factory Farm Research Paper

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The saying goes “you are what you eat”, and if that is true you are an abused animal. Factory farms, also known as CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), across America do unspeakable things to innocent animals. These “farms” are not the portrayed image of cattle grazing and animals in fields. These farms raise animals in confined areas under strict controlled conditions and they spend most, if not all, of their life indoors and most have no access to the outdoors. Tell me, how does that sound for a life? This world becomes a depressing place when we allow innocent animals to be factory-farmed simply for our pleasure. These animals are tortured and slaughtered just to be fed on. As ASPCA writes, “daily life in a factory farm is one…show more content…
According to ASPCA, “a factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food” (Paragraph 1). It is said that over 99 percent of farm animals in the U.S. today are raised in factory farms. Factory farming’s main goal is to supply as much as meat as possible for the lowest price possible. The number of producers of beef, hogs and cattle in the U.S. has gone down the last 20 years as the number of factory farms inclined. Although factory farming is completely inhumane, the price of meat made at these farms are lower than anywhere else for the fact of how easily it’s produced due to the cruel conditions they…show more content…
CAFOs go against traditional farming measures. Cows, pigs, chickens, and many more factory farm animals are impregnated over and over and over again – given no breaks. They are kept in horrifyingly small pens and cages; they are to reproduce until they are no longer considered a “productive breeder”. Once they reach the point where they no longer can reproduce, they get sent to be slaughtered. The poor pigs go through pain and suffer getting their tails and ears cut off simply just for identification. They are locked in such small pens that they start to bite other pigs’ tails off which is known as “tail biting”. Hens, chickens, and many other birds suffer just as bad. As writes, “More than 95% of the approximately 280 million egg-laying hens in the United States are confined to barren battery cages where they are crowded and deprived of the ability to perform natural behaviors such as exploring, nesting, perching, dust bathing, or simply stretching their wings” (Paragraph 1). Not only does this horror occur in the farms that produce meat, but even in the dairy factory farms as well. That milk that you drink comes from cows who spend their entire lives confined in a tight space unable to move; some are even injected with hormones to speed of the production. Not only are these poor cows unable to move, the injections end up harming them due to painful infection in the udder. As for the chickens who produce meat, which

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