Unformatted text preview: of bovine growth‐hormones and antibiotics while being hooked up to
uncomfortable mechanical milking machines. The veal industry is a product of dairy
operations because mother cows are continually kept pregnant through artificial
insemination to keep up with milk demands, and calves are taken from their mothers and
raised for veal. Mother pigs are confined to gestation crates that are only slightly larger
than their bodies. The floors of these crates are comprised of slats that allow manure to fall
into a pit below (Farm Sanctuary).
As you could imagine and probably don’t want to, these confined feeding operations
also breed concentrated waste. It’s becoming increasingly harder for omnivorous
environmentalists to call themselves so, as factory farming not only consumes nearly half
of our annual water usage, it then proceeds to contaminate our river, streams and soil as
well. Having so many animals condensed into such small pieces of land leads to the
formation of waste lagoons or cesspools. The high levels of nitrogen cannot be absorbed
into the land and the mas...
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This document was uploaded on 03/25/2014 for the course ENST 207 at Ramapo.
- Fall '13