As United States has highest meat consumption in the world, there are companies that want to produce massive amount of meat. Factory farming where thousands of animals in one location generate millions of tons of manure annually, which are established by big meat companies are causing many problems. People who want to maximize output while minimizing costs, has established factory farming that resulted farm animals to suffer from harsh living conditions and eating unnatural food.
Animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy in wire cages and metal crates, where there are no windows. Living in these conditions, animals cannot raise their families, walk around freely in the soil, and build nests, which are their natural instinct. As a result, they get tons of stress that actually affect their health significantly leading to illness and other diseases.
Not only animals suffer from terrible living conditions, they also suffer from the overuse of antibiotics, and growth hormones. Because over-crowded animals are susceptible to infection and disease, most industrial livestock facilities treat the animals with low levels of antibiotics to try to prevent illness and compensate for stressful conditions. Cows and cattle are designed to eat grass and absorb plant nutrients not unnatural feed that they are forced to eat, which make them disease breeders. Because farmers want to more meat out of animals, they make them fat by feeding them unnatural food that are genetically engineered and even with growth hormones. Therefore, animals such as cattle and chickens aberrantly get fat, resulting that they cannot even stand still because their legs cannot hold their oversized body.
There are so many problems that factory farming causing. Many people are now realizing that animals are suffering from terrible living conditions, eating unnatural food, and the fact that they are eating ill meat. If factory farming continue on without any improvement or change to make environment better, our whole country will suffer from disease not only animals. And as a customer we should avoid buying products from big companies such as Smithfield and Tyson.
By Yoon Shin