Animal Concerns

While we continue to eat Dairy and Poultry products, we are turning a blind eye to the horrendous conditions in which cows and chickens are kept, and the barbaric ways in which they are slaughtered.

Cows are hung up alive and travel along a conveyor belt to be killed.

Cows are hung up alive and travel along a conveyor belt to be killed.

Cows have a notional life cycle of approximately 20 years. They are gentle creatures, sensitive and affectionate to their young. Today’s dairy methods and requirements have reduced their lives generally to under 10 years. During this time they are forcefully inseminated to give birth regularly. Their calves are taken from them shortly after birth and fed milk substitute and chemicals while the cows milk is taken for human consumption. The need for milk remains ever constant, so the cows are milked relentlessly. When their bodies are so worn out that milk consumption falls (can be as early as 5 years) the cows are then sold for slaughter.

Female calves are forced to join the milk herd as soon as they have grown enough, while male calves are fattened up, slaughtered and sold for veal.

These calves will stay in this position and be fed daily until ready for slaughter

These calves will stay in this position and be fed daily until ready for slaughter

Death doesn’t come easily. Upside down and strapped on a conveyor belt, the cows are listening to the death screams of the other animals further up the line, before their turn comes.

Chickens have a notional lifespan of 15 years, but some are slaughtered in as little as two months. They are pumped full of hormones from birth to fatten them up. Many die of heart failure or broken legs or disease. Poultry farmers have to try and counteract the e-coli, salmonella and other bacteria present in the chickens, caused by living in filthy conditions in overcrowded sheds (often the  beaks are cut off to avoid them damaging other chickens). One method is to  give chemical sprays or showers. Ultimately, particularly if the chickens are not cooked thoroughly, we then eat whatever chemicals remain, along with any leftover bacteria. It is no wonder we frequently have bouts of sickness and food poisoning.

To save space chickens are often stacked crate upon crate, the droppings of the chickens in the top crates falling on the chickens below.

To save space chickens are often stacked crate upon crate, the droppings of the chickens in the top crates falling on the chickens below.

The chickens die in great pain, having their throats cut while still alive, or electrocuted, often with broken legs and wings as they are mercilessly scooped up and strapped to the slaughter production line.

Egg producing female chicks are taken at birth and produce eggs regularly until they are no longer able. They are then fattened up and sent for slaughter like the other chickens.

Chickens are kept in these pens and fed constantly with hormones and chemicals to force continuous egg laying. Once they stop laying, they are slaughtered.

Chickens are kept in these pens and fed constantly with hormones and chemicals to force continuous egg laying. Once they stop laying, they are slaughtered.

The industry does not advertise its methods. There are some farmers who promote “free range” or “humane killing”, but in general the Dairy and Poultry producers, (not forgetting Pork and Lamb producers) have little regard for animal welfare, and ignore any sympathetic treatment in the pursuit of profit.

Do you really want to eat these animals ?

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the information on this page, please contact me on chris@projectveganforlife.com