you’re visiting this page, you probably care about animal welfare…there is something you can do to make the world much kinder for farm animals. Read on to find out how you can take action!
More than 99% of farm animals in the U.S. come from what are commonly called “factory farms”, known to the industry as CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), where as many as 100,000 animals or more are confined within a single structure, often in cages, with no access to outdoors or fresh air.
Worldwide, about 50 billion land animals (and an estimated 100 billion marine animals) are slaughtered each year; this works out to over 136 million every day, 5 million every hour, and 95,000 per minute; Visit this live counter for a striking visual display of the death toll.
The frenzied pace of breeding, raising, and killing required to produce this much meat means animals are treated as mere commodities.
Just some examples of the intense and prolonged suffering endured by farm animals every single day:
- Intense confinement
- Mutilation without painkillers
- Illness without veterinary care or humane euthanasia
- Trampling and suffocation from overcrowding
- Enduring days being transported in the heat or freezing cold
- Being dragged or prodded to slaughter
- Imperfect slaughter procedures resulting in animals being boiled alive or dismembered while still conscious
- Find out more facts about standard industry practices that compromise animal welfare (many of which are also employed on free range farms).
The large majority of people (89%) report being “very concerned” about the state of farm animal welfare in the U.S. (Source: Humane Heartland Farm Animal Welfare Survey).
Solutions range from vegetarianism to humane farming methods, but advocacy efforts to convince people to adopt a vegetarian diet are slow going, at least at the present time, and unlikely to convince everyone to go vegetarian even in the long run, though by doing so you can spare the lives of over 30 animals each year (Source: www.countinganimals.com).
While reforms and labeling to improve the welfare of farm animals are improving the lives of a minority, there is no way to “humanely” raise and care for the needs of the current 50 billion animals used as livestock for human purposes each year; it is logistically impossible to do so.
Because of these realities, and in spite of opposition from some animal advocates, many who devote time and energy to improving the lives of farm animals are in support of cultured meat.
Cultured meat presents a realistic, relatively expedient, long-term and global solution to farm animal suffering.
What will life be like for farm animals in a world of widespread availability and consumption of cultured meat? No one knows for sure, but everyone, even opponents, agree that life will be much better, and we can all help shape what this future looks like by getting involved now.
The ideal, and attainable (with enough funding, research, and innovation), outcome is that farm animals wouldn’t have to suffer at all, and the animals from whom cells would occasionally be taken, could live out their natural lives in freedom and comfort, receiving care and nurturing from humans rather than abuse and neglect, and in the end, won’t even have to die.
You can help make this ideal a reality! Your donation helps shorten the time it takes to reach widespread availability and consumption of cultured meat, saving billions of animals from extreme suffering.
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