As an occasional meat eater, I sometimes wonder how this delicious steak got on my plate, because society changes and with it some sensitive topics we sometimes discover behind the scenes, such is the case with the horrific massacre videos in which you can see how animals are treated. So, we decided to tell you about some of the worst intensive farming practices, in order to get you to eat leeks for the next three weeks and who knows, to raise your awareness a little bit more about it.
1. Shrimps peeling
Intensive shrimp farms have a good life because the demand for them is high and consumed, which means that we obviously have to meet this demand. In order to promote the breeding of these cute little beasts, breeders resort to a particularly shocking method: moulting. It consists in tearing out the eyes of females so that they are more fertile, which is even more terrible because we know that crustaceans feel pain.
2. Chicken reverence
On a poultry farm in Maine, the living conditions of the animals are absolutely notorious: they are stuffed with produce to speed up their growth, causing many of them to limp and suffer deformities and some to die, because they cannot reach the drinking troughs. But in this factory, a “chicken cannon” is also used, a kind of tube that transports live animals to transport boxes that will take them to the slaughterhouse, a particularly inhumane practice.
3. Live castration of pigs
The breeding of pigs in France is the source of a large number of atrocities: they are castrated alive without anesthesia, their tails are cut off, their teeth pulled out or cornered, they are deprived of the outside and stacked in spaces too narrow for their number, which means that they mutilate each other when they pass each other. Approximately 20% of farmed pigs die before going to the slaughterhouse due to their living conditions.
4. The last moments of chicken
After a short life of suffering and confinement, chickens are taken to slaughter which can take many forms, and their final moments consist of being chained upside down and stunned before they are beheaded. And to astound them, there are several solutions: electrocuting them from the head, using carbon dioxide gas, or immersing their heads in tubs of electrified water. Once “shocked” they are quickly decapitated.
5. Isolation of the calf and anemia
Immediately after birth, the calves are taken from their mothers and taken to individual pens where there is nowhere to move. The idea is to keep them on the floor so that their muscles remain tender and they are fed foods that are almost devoid of iron, which causes anemia in many of them. Since they were killed at a very young age, some of them did not learn to walk properly, which the lack of energy does not help to improve it and most of them have difficulty moving when taken to the slaughterhouse.
6. Peeling of cows and bulls
In livestock you have to try to limit the injuries that the animals can inflict on themselves, since they are often parked in very small places, they tend to cut each other with their horns, which is why we cut them. On some farms, their tails are also cut with shears without anesthesia to prevent them from skinning each other. Obviously giving them more space would be too boring.
7. Intensive fish farming, which is often overlooked by the general public
If the suffering of wild animals is more publicized and raised awareness of, the suffering of marine animals in general remains less pronounced. However, some farms involve such brutal horrors as those of wild animals, such as those observed on an American salmon farm: violence, throwing fish on the ground to kill them, slashes in the fins for identification, and tormenting fish that were not picked in tanks without water. Where they are crushed by the weight of their congeners, overpopulation of ponds, cannibalism, stress …
8. Fate of chicks deemed “unfit for consumption” from a factory in Brest
In 2016, a factory trial took place in Brest after broadcasting shameful videos. Chicks were suffocated immediately after birth by stacking them in large bags without oxygen or dumping them alive in large mills. These banned methods were preferred because they were less expensive than others, and suffocated chicks in bags could be sold to raptors while those made into a paste were mixed with manure. This fate concerns chicks considered unfit for development, in this plant some estimates have ranged as many as 50,000 chicks per day killed in these conditions from birth.
9- Force-feeding geese (and direct killing of female ducklings)
In 2020 alone, there were approximately 41 million births of ducklings used in foie gras production. Finally when we say “used” we quickly say: we kill females from the first day of their lives as they are not exploited in foie gras production. For males, we grind their beaks down and send them to breed where they are stuffed two to three times daily for 14 days. The power of the pumps used for force-feeding causes great harm to animals: livers quickly reach ten times the normal size and they suffer from hyperventilation while often developing liver disease.
10. Extensive use of drugs
With the nefarious living conditions animals are subjected to, they easily get many diseases and stress which we are trying to correct by giving them medicines and medicines. They spend their lives between suffering and treatment before joining our plates as the meat still contains antibiotics and traces of different medicines.