There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties.… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.

—Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809–1882)


Farm animals are sentient, complex, and unique. They are as capable of feeling pain and frustration, joy and excitement as those dogs and cats we welcome into our families, yet industrialised agriculture treats them merely as meat, egg, and milk-producing machines, instead of the living, sensitive beings they are. Just like those animals we consider to be our companions or those in the wild, these animals deserve our respect and compassion.

Each year up to 56 billion of animals are slaughtered for human comsumption. About 10% of animals which are raised to be eaten, never make it to the slaughterhouse. These animals die because of stress, disease, handling, transportation and deprivation.

Many of these animals have no access to outdoors and will never experience fresh air or daylight. They are unable to behave naturally and are likely to be bored and frustrated. 

Young or baby animals are routinely slaughtered for human consumption. Some examples:

PORK - Piglets are taken from their mothers when they are 2-3 weeks old. As a result, many of them die. Piglets are subject to a number of painful mutilation, including tail docking and tooth cutting.Whem they are about 5 months old, they are slaughtered. For perspective, a pig's natural lifespan is about 15 years.

CHICKEN - Chickens are sometimes slaughtered as young as 3 weeks of age. By 14 weeks of age, nearly all chickens (caged as well as "free-range") are slaughtered. Naturally, they'd live much longer, up to 10 years.

TURKEY - Turkeys are usually slaughtered at between 12-26 weeks of age. Their natural lifespan is 10-12 years.

BEEF - Dairy cows are often slaughtered at about 4 years of age, sometimes while pregnant. beet cattle are normally slaughtered between 9 and 14 months of age. The natural lifespan for a cow or bull is about 15 years - some can live up to 25. 

LAMB- Lamb comes frome baby sheep under the age of one year. Baby lamb or hothouse lamb is slaughter at between 6 and 8 weeks of age and Spring Lamb between 3 and 5 months of age. Sheep can naturally live up to the age of 15 years.

VEAL AND DAIRY - Veal comes from dead calves. The babies are by-product of the dairy industry. If people stopped drinking milk, veal production would likely end.

EGGS- Male chicks in the egg industry are useless and so they are usually killed as babies. Often they are ground alive, sometimes they are gassed, and other times they are smothered by each other when they-re tossed into garbage bins


Making the Connection