The average American consumes 64 pounds of beef, 57 pounds of chicken, and 50 pounds of pork per year. Meat has been a staple for many Americans such as succulent filet minions, pork chops, and chicken fingers. In a world statistic, 232,000,000 cattle,1,100,000,000 hogs, and 470,290,000 sheep and goats were slaughtered in 1997, and the numbers are growing higher since then. What many do not know is that many of the meat they are consuming come from diseased slaughter houses, and many of the animals are diseased, mistreated and tortured. Because of the poor living conditions, there have been an uprising in food contamination and diseases, affecting not only the animals, but consumers as well.
In July 2004, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) made an undercover investigation in the KFC suppliers factory in Moorefield, West Virginia. Conditions of the living environments were poor. Workers abused chickens for enjoyment and for their own satisfaction. The video clip shows workers smashing chickens to the walls while, spitting tobacco into their eyes, spray painting them, and squeezing their bodies so hard that they expelled feces. These chickens are then shoved into small cages. The living space is so tight that the chickens are not able to spread their wings, and would get callouses from the metal cages. Some of these chickens would get diseased, as a number of them get painful cysts, and some would even fall into the feces pit and would die of starvation. The factories would have high concentration of ammonia, it would burn the skin of the chickens. These chickens would be force fed by feeding tubes. Many times the tube would damage their throats and cause infection to spread.
The food that KFC slaughterhouses offers their chickens is unhealthy, and cause the chickens to become overweight to the point of crippling them, as some are not able to walk due to their weight. The misery does not end there. The chickens must face a painful death as they must be hit by a large pole in a convayer belt type assembly, but some chickens do not die immediately. They then are scalded into hot water alive. Then gradually, these lifeless dead chicken are shipped to KFC and are served to millions of people.
Same goes for the egg laying chickens in the egg industry. These chickens are harvested from the day they are hatched. Factories would separate the male and female chicks, suffocated and killing all of the male chicks as they were not needed and shipped the female chicks to the factories. Like the chickens in KFC, egg laying chickens are crammed into small living spaces, and are fed hormones and chemicals to speed up their growth. These chickens are forced to lay eggs in an unnatural environment and setting with the absence of sunlight and fresh air. Because of a high stress environment, egg farms would cut off the chicken’s beaks so that they will not peak each other to death. This action would cause most to suffer from shock and immense pain.
For beef and pork, cows and pigs too are crammed into tight living spaces. In many slaughterhouses, the pigs tails are cut off and teeth are pulled out. Undercover footage from PETA show workers kicking pigs for their enjoyment, and sodomize pigs with broomsticks. There have been scenes where workers would take the pigs hind legs and smash them onto the ground.
Contaminated foods are rising in this generation. Mad cow or Bovine spongiform encephalopathy disease originated when people decided to put cow by products into their feed, which affected the brain and the spinal cord of the cow. Beef, and chicken are often times are tainted with traces of feces, or E. coli. In 2007, Stephanie Smith who is now 22 years old had suffered from an extreme case of e. coli contamination traced from her hamburger. It first began with a minor discomfort in her stomach to bloody diarrhea. Her kidneys had failed and her body went into convulsions. She then went into a coma for nine weeks, and had become paralyzed.