The prices of meat and other animal products are as low as never before. This is because production is as fast and as space-saving as possible for space and time cost money.
Yet – according to several opinion polls - most consumers would be ready to pay more if they were informed about the real conditions of animal keeping.
Referring to poultry farming, some of the habitual methods of intensive livestock farming can be exemplified. It is not an exception that 50,000 to 200,000 thousand animals are kept on one farm on the narrowest space.
The animals constantly have access to the feed that has been specifically developed for the fattening process. In order to make the chickens eat more, a special way of lighting is used to make the day seem longer. Besides, in the meantime only those breeds of animals are used that have been deprived of the feeling of repletion through the breeding process. This enables conventional breeding to reach the desired weight for the animals to be slaughtered in only 30 days as a rule. The totality of the fattened animals are slaughtered at a very young age.
Many of the animals do not survive the fattening process or they get ill.
In many cases, the chickens cannot stand on their own feet any longer due to the rapid weight gain and spend their last days sitting.
PETA calculates a loss of 5% in poultry farming, which at first does not seem to be much. Still, if we consider that, in the US alone, around 9 billion million chickens are slaughtered per year, this amounts to 450 million which do not survive the breeding. http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/chickens/
Yet the losses would be much higher were the animals not constantly treated with antibiotics to prevent illnesses. So it is no wonder that again and again residues of antibiotics can be detected in the meat, the consequence of which can be that some humans slowly build up a resistance to antibiotics by eating those products. So it can happen that drugs become ineffective and even a mere flu can mean a serious risk.
In the section Prevention of cruelty to animals other extremely torturous procedures that animals are exposed to in order to keep losses as small as possible will be described at animal protection laws.
The catastrophic conditions of animal keeping are by no means a specific trait of poultry farming, they can also be found in the breeding of pigs, cattle, goats, sheep and all other animals that are misused for the production of clothes and for animal experiments.
Many people find it difficult to understand this topic with most facts being kept secret.
But maybe the pictures shown above are familiar to you? Each of us has experienced the crampedness on a bus, train or subway. For us these moments are usually over after some minutes. For the animals, they are lifelong and, at the end of their lives, it is not a cosy sofa that awaits them but a journey to the slaughterhouse.