Animal - Animal What comes in to your mind you first hear...

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Animal. What comes in to your mind you first hear this word? Perhaps something furry, something feathery, something slimy? This is what seems to pop into most people’s mind when they think “animal”. However do you think of a life, a beating heart, and a struggle for survival against all odds? Take a moment and think about this. Animals are not cuddly stuffed toys that you can see in toy stores. They are living, breathing creatures, and they were given a life just as humans were. They also have to eat, survive and try to live their lives just like humans do. There is a huge difference between the way animals have to live their lives and the way humans live their lives. Animals are forced to struggle for survival; they fight for their lives. Animals are on their own from the moments they step on this plant to last moment they leave. Animals have to face many threats, humans now being one of them. In today’s society, cruelty towards animals is a growing epidemic because people do not value this worth of an animal’s life. As most farming practices have been increasingly industrialized, animals that are raised for food are treated more like commodities than actual animals. They have become units of production, rather then living and breathing creatures. Animals in this situation are forced to sacrifice their own health and welling being for the human beings profit. Most people do agree that farm animal should deserve at least a minimum standard of cleanliness and as well as well as spaces, and that animals should be being suffering without any need. More and more consumers have begun to demand better treatment for the animals. Much of the problem with “factory farming” has to do with the structure of these farms. They confine animals indoor, as closely as possible, rather then letting them roam and graze on the land. The confinement exposes the animals to
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high levels of toxins, which are then released when so much manure decomposes in an enclosed area. To inhibit certain diseases that are present in such condition, animals are given does of antibiotics. The animals are exposed to pesticides and other unhealthy additives through their food, and then they are often bred and fed to produce unnatural amounts of eggs, milk or meant. Many techniques that are used on factory farms are developed to make production more profitable, but there are techniques that are implemented to increase efficiency and safety. However, these practices cause severe discomfort, pain and as well as stress to the animals. Industrial practices may help with decreasing animal interference with production but in the long run they create health problem for both animals and humans. At birth male calves can be slaughtered and sold as cheap beef, or sold to be raised for veal, and lastly sent to the feedlots to be fattened. On the other hand female calved that are intended for the use in the dairy industry are separated from their mother within a few days of their birth.
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course JUN 101 taught by Professor St during the Spring '11 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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Animal - Animal What comes in to your mind you first hear...

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