The life of a pig in modern day agricultural practices.
Castration without anesthetic.
Factory farmed pigs.
Incredible to watch the birth of such beautiful babies in these conditions. In normal conditions, a new mother will tidy and make a nest. Here, she can't even turn around.
The lucky few die within the first week of life and won't suffer through the factory farming process.
By four weeks, the piglets have learned to fear humans and trample each other in cramped conditions to get away from us.
Typical factory farm gestation crate.
Hooves go untrimmed because the tightly caged animals will never need to walk.
All in a day's work.
Dead and dying pigs are put in this dumpster at a factory farm.
Floor of a meat-packing plant.
The females are bred up to 10 times before being sent to slaughter.
Factory farmed birds are debeaked so that they will cause each other less damage while living out their lives in cramped and stressful conditions.
The birds do not have perches or a place to roost, therefore spending their lives standing on grates that, with time, cut into their feet.
During investigations we always find dead and dying hens. Here, a dead hen lays on the conveyor belt that efficiently collected and took her eggs away.
During a a battery farm investigation with Igualdad Animal. www.igualdadanimal.org
Broiler chickens (raised for meat).
I stopped and took photos at a broiler farm which held 25,000 birds destined for the dinner plate.
The chickens are carried by their legs, 4 to 8 at a time, and thrown into small plastic compartments. These will then be loaded onto trucks and sent to slaughter.
Being carted away to the truck. At this point, the birds are exhibiting extremely panicked behaviour. Many die of heart attacks while being transported to slaughter.
Ducks at a "free range" factory farm.
Beings for sale.
We are led to believe that buying free range meat is a kinder choice. This turkey was one of hundreds in a cramped and filthy barn. The environment is stressful and the birds pluck and cannibalize one another.