The Meat Industry

Jo-Anne MAcArthur: We Animals Archive

The Meat Industry. 

If you still eat meat, you are maintaining the horrendous practise of factory farms or CAFO's, live animal transport and slaughter of innocent animals.

In factory farms animals are crammed by the thousands into often very dirty windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices.

These poor animals will never be able to do what comes natural to them. Things like raise their families, play around in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that is natural and important to them.

Most of these poor creatures won’t ever feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they’re loaded onto the trucks that will take them to their deaths. 

The factory farming industry like any other industry aims at maximum output while minimising costs and of course this happens always at the animals’ expense.

The giant corporations that raise large numbers of animals in such as Tesco and Cargill that run most factory farms or CAFO's or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations have found that they can make more money by squeezing as many animals as possible into tiny spaces. Many of these animals die from disease or infection, but still this practise is continued as there is more money to be made.

Animals on factory farms endure fear and torment on a daily basis:

  • They’re given so little space that they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. Egg-laying hens are kept in small cages, chickens and pigs are kept in jam-packed sheds, and cows are kept on crowded, filthy feedlots without grass at all.
  • Antibiotics are used to make animals grow faster and to keep them alive in the unsanitary conditions. 80% of all the antibiotics sold in the USA are used in the cattle and chicken factory farm industry.
  • Research shows that factory farms’ widespread use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten human health and also contamine ground water systems, which cause a toxic outflow into oceans and watersheds. In 80% of the fish caught in the Gulf of Mexico, toxins and human antibiotics have been found inside the fish. 
  • Workers from the factory farms pick up and spread the antibiotics resistant superbugs to other humans they get in contact with. Even the wind coming from Cafo's where pigs are tortured and murdered for their flesh, can carry strains of super bacteria. Since usually these CAFO's are set in poor areas with large Afro-American communities, these communities suffer great harm from these practises as well. For more info on what happens when bacterias get immune antibiotics and become super bugs, please click here
  • Most factory-farmed animals have been genetically manipulated to grow larger or to produce more milk or eggs than they naturally would. 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.

Piglet Birth on a Factory Farm

© Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals 


When they’ve grown large enough to slaughter or their bodies have been worn out from producing milk or eggs, animals raised for food are thrown onto trucks and transported for miles through all weather extremes and this transport adds - again- to the distress of the poor animals as they get transported typically without food or water. At the slaughterhouse, those who survived the transport will have their throats slit, often while they’re still conscious. Many remain conscious when they’re plunged into the scalding-hot water of the defeathering or hair-removal tanks or while their bodies are being skinned or hacked apart.