|Text of the Revolting Leaflet
Factory farming is based on profit. Farmed animals are
selectively bred and intensively kept in order to increase
the yield of meat and, in turn, swell the farmers
bank account. Such procedures can mean only immense pain
and stress for the animals as their lives are relegated
to the importance of buttons in a clothing factory.
Broilers are reared for meat. For speed, tiny motherless
chicks are fed growth promoting drugs. Within six weeks,
the baby balloons to the size of an adult. A huge, sad
bird with the blue eyes and high pitched cheep of a
chick. This immense weight places an unbearable strain
on his body. In fact, up to four fifths of chicks have
skeletal defects. Many suffer heart attacks; or their
legs buckle and break beneath them. Too crippled to
walk, they slowly die from dehydration and starvation.
In the slaughterhouse, hanging upside down from a conveyor
belt, terrified chicks often raise their heads above
the electrically charged water bath used for stunning.
These chicks are knifed fully conscious. Unstunned and
bleeding, some enter the scalding tank - designed to
loosen feathers - alive.
Battery hens are egg-layers. They are imprisoned in
cages, row upon row. Five hens are squeezed into a space
little bigger than a microwave. Living her short life
behind bars means that she is unable to spread her wings
or turn around. To deter frustrated pecking, the end
of her sensitive beak is sliced off. The shock can kill.
Forced to stand all day on wire, her feet may become
thick with ulcers. Excessive egg production drains her
body of nutrients and her bones snap like dry twigs.
As a by-product of the egg industry, 40 million male
chicks - unable to lay and too lean to be eaten - are
killed every year. One day old yellow, fluffy chicks
cheeping as they ride the conveyor belt to death, by
being minced alive or gassed.
A dairy cow produces milk only when she gives birth
to a calf. To ensure all the milk is kept for humans,
the baby is torn from her side after 24 to 48 hours.
A male calf, too scrawny for the meat industry, is often
shot. A cows body is designed to provide two litres
of milk for her calf but intensive farming can force
her to produce over ten. The huge, unnatural weight
of her udders is an intolerable burden and can eventually
cause lameness. Swollen udders are commonly hot with
mastitis; they can be agonising and leak pus. Drained
by physical and mental stress, she is slaughtered prematurely.
Each year some 150,000 cows are still pregnant when
Over 90 per cent of British sausages, bacon and ham
start life in a windowless shed, thick with the stench
of urine and faeces. Inside, on cold, bare concrete,
the sow performs an endless, unnatural cycle of birth.
Prior to and during labour, she is imprisoned in a farrowing
crate. Any movement is severely restricted by bars and
all attempts to nurse her young are futile. Aching all
over and frantic with despair, she is forced to watch,
helpless, as her piglets are stolen away at three weeks.
She is then immediately and forcibly made pregnant again.
And her piglets? Neglected and diseased, their short
lives are spent in squalid, overcrowded fattening units.
At five months, each is shackled up by one leg and their
This is life on the factory farm. A wretched,
tormented existence leading only to the brutality and
panic of death. Living, breathing creatures, with feelings
much like our own, treated with utter indifference and
neglect. And anyone who eats their dead bodies is supporting
this cruelty. If you dont think this is your problem,
then you have a problem. If you do, then do something
about it... Kick your noggin into gear and contact Viva!
for a free ACT! End Factory Farming pack NOW and stop
this suffering FOREVER!
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