Factory farming, otherwise known as intensive animal farming causes the deaths of over 56 billion land animals throughout the world every year. Nine billion animals are killed every year in factory farms in the United States alone. These industries dominate food production in the United States, employing abusive practices to maximize profits at the expense of the environment, communities, animal well being, and human health.
Advertisements showing spacious pastures and happy animals being produced for meat, milk, and eggs manipulate people into spending billions of dollars on products that cause unimaginable pain and suffering. Factory farms typically consist of obscene numbers of animals raised in extreme confinement. Undergoing painful mutilations, bred to grow unnaturally fast and large, and being stuck in the dark, animals raised in factory farms are as far from “natural” as they could possibly be. They are bred for the sole purpose of maximizing production for the food industry–an industry responsible for one out of four people in the United States developing cancer, one out of three people in the United States developing heart disease, and one out of three people in the United States being diagnosed with diabetes.
Factory farming is the largest factor causing environmental destruction across the world and puts an incredible strain on natural resources. Land, air, and water is polluted by the extreme amount of waste created by raising so many animals in one place. The waste often sincerely affects low income communities and residents surrounding factory farms report high incidents of illness.