Each year in Australia 500 million animals are raised in Factory Farms in huge windowless warehouses where the animals are crammed inside. Each shed can hold between a few hundred and 50,000 to 60,000 animals. Waste builds and ammonia levels rise. Conditions are so appalling that most of these factory farmed animals must be fed antibiotics daily to stop them dying from disease. The animals inside suffer in silence, infact most people don't even know the animals are there. That is the meat and egg industry secret, if people did see inside factory farms they would not want to be part of the hideous system which churns out meat, eggs and dairy.
To be a factory farmer you must have a certain mind set. Reduce production costs to an absolute minimum and ignore such costs as environmental degradation, human disease and animal suffering. Factory farming considers nature the great obstacle to be overcome. Factory farming depends on the consumer having nostalgic images of food production- images that in modern day farming could not be further from the truth.
Take a moment to scroll through the photos on this page which show typical conditions inside a factory farm. Animals are crammed into tiny cages, they are packed into sheds at a rate of as many as 20 chickens per square metre, a mother pig can be housed in a crate measuring 2 metres in length and 60 cm in width. Animals for food production are denied the simplest things we take for granted like walking or even turning around. They never see the sun, feel the rain on their backs or experience walking on grass.
Because the animals are out of sight they are also out of mind. Out of the minds of the consumer who unwittingly supports this terrible cruelty because they are unaware of where their food is actually coming from.
"It is in the battery hen shed that we find the parallel with Auschwitz...To shut your mind, heart and imagination from the suffering of others is to begin slowly, but inexorably, to die. Those Christians who close their hearts and minds to the cause of Animal Welfare, and the evils it seeks to combat, are ignoring the fundemental teachings of Christ himself." John Baker, Bishop of Salisbury
An animals quality of life depends entirely on her physical experiences. What she sees, hears, tastes, smells and touches, her abilitl to move, choose and interact with others; much like us. The big difference is we can cry out for help when we need it and some one will respond while factory farmed animals suffer in silence. We know that animals have the capacity to suffer and if we have ethically determined that we have responsibilities to protect pet animals then we have a responsibility to protect them all.
Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight. Albert Schweitzer
Not only do we humans factory farm animals for meat but also for fur and to supply laboratories for hideous experiments. It does not stop there we even factory farm dogs for the petshop and online market. Thousands of dogs in Australia never leave dark, cold sheds where their sole purpose is to churn out designer puppies. While we have this terrible industry churning out puppies here in Australia we kill a pet dog or cat every 2 minutes simply because they are no longer wanted.
It is a terrible thing when a country like Australia condones animal cruelty that causes such terrible suffering on such a huge scale. Australia's Animal Welfare Act is weak and Codes of Practice ensure factory farmers will not be charged with cruelty offenses for failing to provide simple things like exercise for animals.