According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in the United States, over 9 billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption every year, approximately 20 million suffer in laboratories, another 5 million are killed for their fur, and countless others are enslaved for entertainment.
In the UK alone, almost 900 million animals are slaughtered for food each year. That means about fifteen live animals, per person, per year.
These animals are as intelligent and feeling as any household pet. Yet mostly they are intensively reared, forced to live tortured, short and miserable lives; denied access to their young and deprived of any real quality of life; fed unnatural diets, in some cases pumped full of chemicals to improve yield and lessen disease; kept in cramped conditions where they frequently develop physical and psychological abnormalities.
Then they are transported from factory farm to livestock market and finally to the horrors of the slaughterhouse.
Some animals even have to endure the long, stressful and hazardous haul to markets abroad, often in extremes of weather, without adequate provision of food, water, air and light, to places where conditions are often much worse.
Then they are finally put out of their misery in the most barbaric manner.
Without doubt, the greatest single cause of animal suffering in the US is food production. Vegetarianism is the only humane and civilised answer.
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