In the last 40 years, farmers have been breading mass numbers of animals, which effects the environment, our health, and behavioral changes in animals. In this post, I will be talking about the eye opening reality of the meat and dairy industry!
With the rise of the meat and dairy demand, companies have been rapidly breeding livestock. With the increase in the livestock population, animals have to be packed in small, confined areas. Farm animals are not allowed to stretch their legs, feel the Sun on their backs, and the grass in between their toes. Cows are tethered by their necks, and are not permitted to move their heads. This can heighten the animal’s stress level, lowers their immunity, and allows diseases to spread quickly..
Not only are the animals treated with disrespect, they are also fed malnutritious grains and corn. Feeding animals unhealthy grains and corn causes them to rapidly gain weight. Most farm animals have a recommended diet consisting of various grasses, but corn is cheaper, and more efficient source of nutrition. Farmers also feed animals herbicides allowing the animals to gain weight. Consumers want fatty, juicy meat. In order to meet the standards of consumers, farmers have to use enhancing drugs.
Soybeans are also used to feed livestock, these soybean fields use large amounts of land. Unfortunately, soybean fields contribute to deforestation. Also, animals require large amounts of water to prosper. By mass breeding livestock, mass amounts of water are utilized on livestock and animals’ food supply. Six billion gallons of freshwater are used for cornfields for animals. Additionally, over the course of a few days, livestock produce tons of manure. An estimates 335 million tons of waste are produced by U.S. cattle, which releases carbon emissions. This can become a pollution problem over time.
Animal’s Behavior Changes
Farm animals’ productivity can be altered due to their human connections. Even small actions can affect livestock’s stress level and well being. Animals react to situations they want to escape with a high sense of fear. Some animals are sensitive to visual content, others motion and noise. Stressful events cause animal’s fear to skyrocket. This shows that the hardships animals suffer through daily can affect their mental state.