ANIMAL FARMING

Nearly 80 billion land mammals, and a trillion fish are killed every single year for the meat industry. To put that in context, if we killed humans at the same rate, we would be completely extinct within three days.

The vast majority of the mammals killed are intensively farmed in cramped and squalid conditions. Regardless of whether they are being farmed for meat, dairy, or eggs, their treatment is the same. Through selective breeding, and a cocktail of hormones, they reach their ‘optimum’ size and are killed whilst still infants. Cows bred for meat for example are killed within their first two years of life, but in freedom they live to over twenty. As a result, the only place you will ever see an adult beef or dairy cow is in an animal sanctuary.

MEAT

In order to increase productivity, some farms inject their cows, sheep, and pigs with PMSG, a blood serum derived from pregnant horses. PMSG is only present in the blood for the first three months of pregnancy, so after that, the foals are ripped from their mother’s womb and discarded so the process can begin again.

PMSG is just one of the horrors of the meat industry’s desire for increased productivity; there are several British animal research laboratories focused on violent and invasive experiments solely for this purpose.

After a short life, without love or compassion, animals on meat farms are killed. Slaughter methods vary depending on the animal, but they are usually stunned with a captive bolt pistol, or electrocution (neither of which are always effective), before they have their throats slit.

However it is done, there is no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to be killed.

DAIRY

The dairy industry is very similar to the meat industry, except perhaps that the suffering is more prolonged. To produce milk, a mammal must first become pregnant. Dairy cows are ‘artificially inseminated’, often mechanically. Days after their calves are born, they are cruelly taken away. Female calves may become the next generation of dairy producers, and some males are raised in captivity to become veal. The rest are killed and discarded as an unwanted byproduct. The mother is inseminate again, and the cycle repeats until she is too exhausted to continue. Due to the relentless intensity, crippling ailments such as mastitis are common, and mean that pus is an inevitable secret ingredient in milk. Dairy cows are typically killed before they are seven.

Due to bad farming practices, Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) is rampant on dairy farms. The dairy industry has scapegoated badgers, resulting in a violent badger cull, which is decimating our wildlife.

Humans are the only mammal to drink the milk of another species, and the only one to drink any milk into adulthood. It is unnatural, unhealthy, and incredibly peculiar behaviour. Why does drinking cow’s milk seem normal, when drinking the milk of a dog, or another human, seems absurd?

EGGS

Not only is eating a chicken’s period very strange, it is also inherently cruel. The vast majority of eggs come from intensively farmed birds. In fact, there are so many hens in battery farms that there are more chickens on earth than humans. They are typically killed within two years of their life, despite having a natural life span of up to ten.

Chickens in battery farms are kept in tiny cages, unable to spread their wings, or in some cases even move. Unable to perform any of their natural behaviours, many are driven mad, resulting in widespread cannibalism and self harm.

Even on free range farms, tens of thousands of hens can be crammed into cramped, filthy sheds. While they are required to have access to outside space, only few are ever lucky enough to find the small exit flap to the exercise yard.

Whether they are bred for free range or battery farms, male chicks cannot lay eggs and are deemed worthless. Almost as soon as they hatch, they are thrown en masse into a giant shredder whilst fully conscious. Could you put a newborn chick into a food processor and press the button? That is what you pay for when you buy egg products.

AS IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH…

With thousands of animals forced to live in close proximity, without adequate care or hygiene, diseases run rife on factory farms. Sometimes these diseases are ‘zoonotic’, meaning that they can spread to humans. In fact, three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals. These include Bird Flu, Swine Flu, BSE, Ebola, Covid-19, SARS, and HIV. Factory farms are a pandemic time bomb waiting to explode.

The farming industry attempt to address this problem by mass culling livestock when a virus is identified (hundreds of thousands of animals can be killed and discarded in a single cull). They also routinely pump farm animals with antibiotics, to such a degree that it it is causing antibiotic resistance, which poses a serious threat to human health.

As well as causing antibiotic resistance, and lethal viruses, eating meat and other animal products has been directly linked to many of the western world’s most significant health risks; cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The single biggest threat facing our planet is climate change, and animal farming creates more greenhouse gas emissions than all transportation combined. It is also one of the leading causes of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and water pollution.

WHAT CAN I DO?

The single biggest thing you can do for farmed animal is to become vegan. Animals are not ours to eat. By refusing to eat animal products you will be directly saving them from being killed. You will also be denying the industries which exploit them your money, as well as making yourself healthier, preventing serious zoonotic diseases, and literally saving the planet from climate change.

It’s easier than you might think, and will save thousands of lives. For information, help, and advice, please visit the Vegan Society, and Veganuary.

Get in touch to join us on protests, or check out our tips and organise one of your own.

Dorset Animal Save hold vigils outside of abattoirs, including:

ABP Yetminster, Chetnole Road, Yetminster, Sherborne DT9 6HQ (01935 872777)

ABP Food Group, Manston Rd, Sturminster Newton DT10 1HA (01258 474200)

You can also use our printable resources to help raise awareness of the cruelty involved in animal farming. Simply download the files, and print off as many as you need at home.

PRINTABLE RESOURCES:

ZOONOTIC DISEASE POSTER

This poster comes in both A4 (standard UK printer paper) and A3 (twice the size of A4). 

DOWNLOADS:

 

A4
A3

DRAW THE LINE POSTER

This poster comes in both A4 (standard UK printer paper) and A3 (twice the size of A4).

DOWNLOADS:

A4
A3

MURDERED 'PRODUCT' STICKERS

These stickers are designed to be printed onto AVERY L7160 sheets (21 stickers per sheet), which can be widely purchased.

Download the template using the link below, and print them off at home.

Please make sure you ask permission before applying these stickers to any item that is not yours.

ABP PROTEST STICKERS

These stickers are designed to be printed onto AVERY J8166 sheets (6 stickers per sheet), which can be widely purchased.

Download the template using the link below, and print them off at home.

Please make sure you ask permission before applying these stickers to any item that is not yours.