“Hi, I’m Paul McCartney. I’ve often said, ‘if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.’ Animals raised on modern factory farms and killed in slaughterhouses endure almost unimaginable suffering.
I hope that once you see the routine cruelty involved in raising, transporting and killing animals for food, you’ll join the millions of people who’ve decided to leave meat off their plates for good.
Chickens & Turkeys are arguably the most abused animals on the face of the planet. They’re crowded into filthy sheds by the tens of thousands and forced to live in their own excrement. They are selectively bred to grow so large, so fast, that many become crippled under their own weight.
Workers in slaughterhouses and on mechanized farms are poorly paid, and their work often goes unmonitored. Many nvestigations into [these slaughterhouses] have revealed shocking cruelty that goes beyond the standard abuses.
Hens used by the egg industry are crammed into cages so small that they can’t do anything that is natural or important to them, not even spread a single wing. The ends of their sensitive beaks are cut off with a hot blade causing chronic pain that studies have shown lasts for more than a month.
Chickens are intelligent animals whose ability to reason, in some instances, is greater than that of dogs and children. Chickens are also very social animals with an elaborate pecking order or social ranking system.
Yet hens used by the egg industry are confined to tiny cages for their entire lives. This causes their muscles to waste away, and their bones to deteriorate and break from lack of use. Their feet become lacerated and their bodies bruised and cut from standing on wire for 18 months before they’re sent to the slaughterhouse.
At the end of their miserable lives, chickens and turkeys are forcefully packed into crowded cages and transported for hours through all types of weather conditions, without food or water. At the slaughterhouse, these birds legs are forced into shackles, and their throats are cut - many while they’re still completely conscious.