Animal Factory Farms

Bailey Cook, Fall 2014 J1 student

In the United States alone, more than nine billion animals are slaughtered each year for human consumption on factory farms.

This horrible process consists of animals being raised indoors by farmers. Their goal is to produce and kill as many animals as fast/cheap as they can. Cruel treatment to these animals needs to be stopped before it gets any worse.

This brings up an important question of how farmers make the animals slaughtered cost lower.

They are confined into small spaces and injected with hormones to make them bigger, therefore producing more meat when slaughtered. Because of this, some chickens are unable to stand up and hold their weight, which can cause their legs to break.

According to, chickens on factory farms in the United States spend most of their lives packed in a warehouse with up to 200,000 other chickens. The average size of a chicken cage is only as wide as a piece of paper.

On some farms, they are held in these small cages under a constant bright light, which makes them nervous causing them to eat more and become bigger.

According to, every year in the United States, more than 2.5 million cows are slaughtered for meat. Cows on dairy farms are in the constant cycle of being pregnant and having their calves taken away from them within hours of birth.

This causes the calves to become so depressed that they lose weight from not eating and cry so much their throats become raw. Most of these cows spend the majority of their life inside on hard concrete floors.

The vicious cycle of animals being raised, only to become killed for meat makes gets worse every year. This needs to be stopped before it gets any worse.