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Farm to Fridge

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In the next few minutes, you will be given an eye opening look behind the closed doors of modern farms, hatcheries and slaughter plants revealing the journey that animals make from farm to fridge. PORK For nearly their entire four month pregnancies, mothers sows are locked in --- metal stores barely larger than their own bodies. Workers often kick, hit and yell at pigs to move them. Soon after birth, piggies are castrated by workers who cut into their skin, and rip out their testicles. Next, the workers chop of their tails. Both of these painful procedures are nearly always done without anaesthesia. Many animals animals die from botched mutilations. Piggies who become sick or injured, or who are not growing quickly enough, are killed. Common killing methods include throwing animals into bins and painfully gasing them with carbon dioxide. Others are killed by being slamed, hit first into the ground. At a factory farm in Ohio, workers kill the injured sows by hanging them on a forklift to be slowly strangulated to death. A practices defended by the pork industry. Pigs raised for meat tipically live only five to six months, a mere fraction of their natural life span, in overcrowded pens like this. Workers frequently tattoo the animals with ID numbers, by hitting them with metal spike mallets. Once pigs have reached market weight, they are sent to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, pigs are knocked in the head with a steel rod, hanged upside down, and have their throats slit. Improper stuning condemns many pigs to having their throats slit while they are fully concious and suffering. Others are even scalded alive in the hair removal tanks. EGGS From the moment they hatch, the egg industry subjects chicks to horrors fewest can even imagine. At the hatchery, workers quickly and roughly sort the males from the females because male chicks don't lay eggs and do not grow quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat. They are killed within hours after hatching. Male chicks are tipically thrown into giant graining machines while still alive. This practise is deemed standard and acceptable by the egg industry. Another killing method is to drop male chicks into trash bags to be smothered or suffocated. More than two hundred million unwanted male chicks are killed on their first day of life each year in the United States. The females have it even worse, destined for a life of prolongued cruelty. To reduce picking induced by overcrowded living conditions, workers use a hot blade or laser to remove part of the chick's beaks. This mutilation can cause both agude and chronic pain. after debeaking, the birds are move to cages where they will spend the rest of their lives. Nearly 95% of egg-laying hens spend thei lives confined in tiny, wired cages, like this. Most birds never see sunlight or breath fresh air. They are packed so tightly, they can not even spread their wings, walk or turn around without pusshing other birds aside. The harsh and unrelenting environment of the cage takes its toll, often leading to severe feather loss, open wounds, and birds trapped in cage wire. For many hens, the stress for confinement is too much, leading to premature death. Undercover investigations at eight farms from coast to coast, revealed a culture of cruelty and neglect, including workers stamping on birds, thowing live hens on death piles and in trash cans, and painfully mangling bird's spines in --- attempts to break their necks. At one or two years of age, when the hen's egg production begins to decline, she's violently ripped from her cage. Workers often fling the birds into metal carts where they are painfully suffocated with carbon dioxide. POULTRY Crowded by the thousands into filthy sheds, chickens and turkeys are denied many of their most basic natural behaviors and needs, such as fresh air and exercise. Through generic selection, chickens and turkeys raised for meat have been bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many suffer crippling leg disorders, chronic joint pain, and even fatal heart attacks. Sick or injured birds often have their necks broken. Others are clapped to death. Those who live to reach market weight are thrown into transport crates and loaded on the trucks, bound for slaughter plants. Handline is often violent and frequently causes bruses, broken bones and other injuries. At the slaughter plant, the birds are dumped from their crades and roughly snapped upside down into moving shackles by their fragile legs. From there, the birds are dragged through an electrified vat of water, which renders them paralyzed, but not necessarily unconcious. They are then pulled across a blade which slices their throats, causing blood to pour from thei necks. Some of the birds who missed the blade have their throat slit or their heads ripped off by a backup killer. Other birds are drowned and scalded in the tanks of hot water, designed to loosen the bird's feathers. DAIRY Cows produce milk for the same reasons that humans do, to nourish their young. But calves at dairy farms are dragged away from their mothers and violently killed. All so the humans can have the milk instead. The majority of the days, dairy cows are confined on factory farms. Some spend almost their entire life standing on concrete floors. Others are crammed into massive mud lots. Workers subject young cows to painful mutilations and amputations. Here, a worker cuts off a cows tale, slicing through her sensitive skin, nerves and bone without any painkillers. Another rutine practise is dehorning: burning into the calfves' skulls to remove their body horns. Painkillers are rarely used. In 2010, an undercover investigation at a dairy farm in Ohio revealed a farm worker stabbing cows with pitchforks, hitting them in the head with crowbars and punching baby calves. Injuries and illness often run --- in filthy, disease ridden factory farm environments. Cows too sick or injured to stand are called downers and are often left to slowly suffer and die from their injuries. At a fraction of their natural life span, the so called spent dairy cows, are --- on the transport trucks and shipped to slaughterhouses. An undercover investigation at a slaighterhouse in California reveal down dairy cows being kicked, shocked, pushed with forlifts and --- in the mouth and --- in an effect to get them to the killfloor. BEEF Most cattle raised for beef endures several mutilations without painkillers, inluding castration and hot iron branding. Most spend the last few months of their lives in overcrowded feedlots. standing in their own waste. Unreliable stuning practises at the slaughterhouse condemn many cattle to having their throats cut, their limbs hacked off while still alive and concious. Undercover investigations at kosher slaughterhouses in the United States have documented the rutine practise of cutting open the throats of fully aware, underlay cattle. SEAFOOD Fish and other sea animals are sensitive, intelligent creatures who have a demonstrated capacity to suffer pain. Massive trawling nets indiscriminately drag hundreds of tons of fish and other animals along the ocean floor. As they are dragged up from the ocean depths, the fish undergo excruciatingly, painful decompression. The extreme changes in pressure can rupture their swim bladders and pop out their eyes. They are then tossed on board where the surviving fish either suffocate or are crashed to death. Others are still alive when they are hacked appart in this floating slaughterhouses. Untold millions of dolphins, turtles, and other non target acuatic animals are also killed by ocean trawling nets each year. Today, approximately 1 in 5 fish consumed worldwide, is raised in captivity. Like factory farm animals on land, farm-raised fish are crowded by the tens of thousands, in small, diseased and excrement --- areas, for their entire lives. When fish reach market weight, they are loaded on the tanker trucks, and shipped to slaughter, where common killing methods include slow suffocation. Farm animals are --- intelligent, curious, and capable of feeling pain and suffering as the dogs and cats that so many of this know and love. If you are at all moved by this film please, do your part. Make a commitment today to explore a vegan diet. It could be one of the best decisions of your life. By withdrawing our support of this cruel and violent system, we can put our ethics on the table and make a statement for a kinder and more compassionate society for all animals. 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Duration: 11 minutes and 50 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Mercy For Animals
Director: Mercy For Animals
Views: 1,696
Posted by: randomvegan on Jul 21, 2011

Mercy For Animals presents Farm to Fridge. Narrated by Oscar-nominee James Cromwell with music by internationally acclaimed producer Ben Frost, this powerful film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation's largest industrial farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants -- revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge.

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