All of my life I grew up eating meat, not seeing what happened before it got to my plate. Sixteen years later, I saw what happened to the animal before it got to my plate. Many animals are exposed to violence and cruelty for no reason in the farm factory industry, the clothing industry, and in testing facilities. Animal cruelty is an international issue that is of importance to me.
In the factory farm industry, animals have no legal protection against cruelty, genetic manipulation, drugs, or neglect. These things can cause crippling, and weak organs that cannot support the animals. Some die under crippling weight, when they are right next to food and water. These animals may never see sunshine or breathe the outside air. Also, they will never raise their families or do anything that is natural to them. Factory farm owners only care about more production for less cost and often stuff the animals into tiny, dirty cages that they cannot move in. One chicken farmer even said, “Chickens are cheap; cages are expensive.” When the survivors of this torture are ready, they are sent to slaughter houses. Here they often are fully conscious when they are bled out, skinned, or plunged into scalding hot hair and feather removal vats.
Next, in the clothing industry lambs instantly have their tails chopped off, ears punched, and are castrated, without anesthetics. To make their fur less wrinkly, massive pieces of skin is carved off of sheep’s legs, also without painkillers. Animals in fur factories have heart attacks induced by anal or genital electrocution, and animals in traps suffer for days before they eventually die or are killed.
Lastly, animals are subjected to pointless testing. Companies inject their products into animals’ stomachs, force them to inhale aerosol fumes, and squirt products into their eyes. These cruel procedures lead to infection, pain, and often the death of millions of animals every year. The FDA requires all drugs be tested on animals although...