The bottom line is that animals don’t want to die.
Animals are the most abused and disregarded beings on this planet. Every second that goes by- 2,000 more animals are slaughtered. Just for food.
Global Slaughter Statistics for 2003:
45,895,000,000 (45.9 billion) chickens
2,262,000,000 (2.3 billion) ducks
1,244,000,000 (1.2 billion) pigs
857,000,000 (857 million) rabbits
691,000,000 (691 million) turkeys
533,000,000 (533 million) geese
515,000,000 (515 million) sheep
345,000,000 (345 million) goats
292,000,000 (292 million) cows and calves
65,000,000 (65 million) other rodents
63,000,000 (63 million) pigeons and other birds
23,000,000 (23 million) buffaloes
4,000,000 (4 million) horses
3,000,000 (3 million) donkeys and mules
2,000,000 (2 million) camels and other camelids
United States: 9,116,248,000
The numbers only include land animals slaughtered for food for which records were taken. They do not include the billions of marine animals killed each year. They do not include the millions of animals killed in laboratories, fur farms, animal shelters, zoos, marine parks, or circuses. Nor do they include the animals killed by human negligence, blood sports, abuse, or extermination attempts.
The truth of the horror that goes on in not only animal agriculture, but the cosmetic, fashion and entertainment industry is mortifying.
Every year in the U.S., over 25 million animals are used in biomedical experimentation, product and cosmetic testing, and science education. This includes—dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, sheep, monkeys, chimpanzees, and more. However, the majority of animals in labs (over 90 percent) are rats, mice, and birds.
-New England Anti-Vivisection
Animal testing isn’t required in the United States, the companies that animal test do so to “protect” themselves against consumer lawsuits, or so they can sell in a country that does require these tests, like China.
Nonetheless, these animals are routinely blinded and tortured needlessly, and in most cases killed shortly after. Some of the products they test on animals are cosmetics, cigarettes, and household cleaners.
No doubt about it- circuses abuse animals. From a young age, elephants beat elephants and other show animals into submission to get them to preform cheap tricks for audiences- circuses are just a crueler form of a zoo
•Circus animals have the right to be protected and treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act.
• Tigers naturally fear fire, but they are still forced to jump through fire hoops in some circuses and have been burned while doing so.
•Circuses are repeatedly cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Animal Welfare Act for trailers that have splintering wood and sharp, protruding metal pieces near animals’ cages.
•Trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools of the trade to force animals to perform.
•In more than 35 dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have bolted from circuses, run amok through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers.
• Every major circus that uses animals has been cited for violating the minimal standards of care set by the United States Animal Welfare (AWA).
11 months a year they travel over long distances in box cars with no climate control; sleeping, eating, and defecating in the same cage.
•Virtually 96% of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages.
•Since 1990, there have been more than 123 documented attacks on humans by captive large cats in the United States, 13 of which resulted in fatal injuries.
During the off-season, animals used in circuses may be housed in small traveling crates. Such confinement has harmful psychological effects on them. These effects are often indicated by unnatural behavior such as repeated swaying, and pacing.
•Lack of exercise and long hours standing on hard surfaces are major contributors to foot infections and arthritis, the leading causes of death among captive elephants.
Many would agree that fur is cruel and sadistic- but many other don’t. Thousands of animals a day are routinely skinned alive for their fur and skin because its easier to remove while they’re still bleeding.
As cute and pure as they are- beavers, chinchilas, dogs, cats, foxes, rabbits, raccoons, seals, bears, mink, and many other animals are killed for their fur even today. Cows, pigs, goats, and sheep; alligators, ostriches, and kangaroos; and even dogs and cats are being killed for leather.
Even though these cruel practices are completely avoidable, many people and most of all celebrities still sell buy and endorse animal hide.
Many people have a very clouded perspective of what zoos really are.
an establishment that maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public.
This is a lot different than a wildlife rehabilitation center
The main difference between zoos and sanctuaries is how they acquire their animals. A zoo might buy, sell, breed, or trade animals, or even capture animals from the wild.
The rights of the individual are not considered. Animals are often overbred because the zoo likes having a constant supply of baby animals to attract the public, which leads to overcrowding. Excess animals are sold to other zoos, circuses or even canned hunting. The animals are acquired to satisfy the interests of the zoo.
A sanctuary does not breed, buy, sell or trade animals. A sanctuary also does not capture animals from the wild, but acquires only animals who can no longer survive in the wild.
These might include injured wildlife, confiscated illegal exotic pets, exotic pets who are surrendered by their owners, and animals from zoos, circuses, breeders, and laboratories that close down. The sanctuaries are rescuing the animals and doing the best they can for the individual animals.
Knowing this, even if used for education- which is unnecessary -the imprisonment of animals cannot be justified. Even if it could, you cannot study an animals wild habits in captivity. Zoos are useless cruelty.
Because of blackfish, zoos like SeaWorld are almost globally despised- but some how people don’t seem to apply the same logic to other industries abusing animals. Animals don’t want to be in cities, they miss their home and their families and they deserve to live in peace.
Factory farming is undoubtedly the least cared about animal rights issue. While most can agree that zoos, fur, circuses, and animal testing are cruel and harmful- many still value what these animals produce over their well-being and lives
• Animals are kept in filthy conditions, cramped and in the dark- sometimes don’t even see the light of day until theyre shipped to the slaughterhouse where they will die.
• Most animals know when they’re going to die. Cows will suck on the fingers of humans as a plea for mercy, they’ll try to avoid slaughter, pigs and other mammals will try to jump from slaughter trucks, their personalities will change and they will become depressed seeing their friends and family die.
• There is no such thing as “humane meat“, because there is no way to humanely kill someone that doesn’t want to die- especially not if the way they’re killed is being hung upside down and having their throat slit.
• Calves die between one day and a week after they’re born, and they’re sold for veal or suede because they’re useless to the dairy industry and need the milk they want to sell.
• Like humans, cows can only give milk when they’re pregnant/have just given birth. For this reason, they are put on ‘rape racks’ and painful inseminated in order to be made to forcibly lactate
• When cows can no longer give milk, they are sent to slaughter and are used for cheap dog and school cafeteria foods.
• Chicks are routinely debeaked without any sort of anesthesia because when they are older they will fight as a result of being kept in cages smaller than the average iPad
• Because male chicks are useless to the egg Industry, they are killed as soon as they’re identified male either by suffocation via trash bag or being thrown in blenders alive
• Chickens in the wild lay about 10-12 eggs a year, in the egg Industry chickens are forced to produce up to 300 eggs a year through genetic engineering and hormones
Doll house sized factory farming.
The process of stealing honey from bees includes
• Ripping the wings off the queen
• Killing the queen
• Raping the queen
• Killing the worker bees
• Drugging the colony
• Smoking the entire hive
• Stealing all of the honey
• Replacing the honey with sugar water or corn syrup
Mind you it takes two bees entire lives to make a tablespoon of honey and many beekeepers just blow the entire hive up with cyanide in order to avoid the cost of keeping them alive through winter.
The worst part is, it doesn’t have to happen.