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Don’t Support Puppy Mills this Holiday Season

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Intro to Dog Fighting

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Dog fighting is considered one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. It is a contest in which dogs are placed in pit and forced to fight until they can’t continue because of the pain and injury inflicted. This is a contest used for the spectator’s entertainment and gambling. Most spectators have gambling problems and can make huge profit.

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Many injuries occur during fights, which are both severe and fatal. By the end of a fight, the dogs usually have massive bleeding, ruptured lungs, broken bones, and other life threatening injuries. The instinct to fight is bred into these dogs. (In my research I read a convicted dogfighter’s description of a fight and he said that the dog spent most of the fight on her back and broke her front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn’t break she chewed up completely. The other dog literally scalped her, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head.) Usually the loser of the match dies or is killed inhumanely. And the surviving dog does not see a veterinarian.

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The dogs have very bad living conditions. They spend most of their life in a crate, only being let out to train. “Dogs who are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained (often with heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.

Dog Chained to Barrel

Dog fighting is a felony offense. It is illegal to own or train a dog for fighting and cause a dog to injure or kill another dog in a preplanned fight. In most states it is illegal to be a spectator. The law is enforced. The punishment can be up to three years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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Intro to Factory Farms

I would like to formally introduce everyone to the topic of factory farms. Animals around the world fight for their lives on a daily basis. The food industries that provide humans food are also responsible for the suffering and unethical treatment of animals. Animals in factory farms which are raised for eggs, meat, and milk are confined to unbearably small cages, beaten and boiled alive, kept in unsanitary space, force-fed, or not fed at all.

Surprisingly, many people have no knowledge of the term factory farm. Here is a dictionary definition:

Factory Farming: a system of rearing livestock using intensive methods, by which poultry, pigs, or cattle are confined indoors under strictly controlled conditions.

As I said in a previous post, present day farms are NOT the same as the ones illustrated in children’s books. When you’re in the grocery store and see cows or chickens peacefully grazing in a field with a bright red barn in the background illustrated on food labels, you’re being fooled. Here is what farms really look like:

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I’ll discuss the treatment of individual animals within factory farms in future posts, but to get an overall idea, know that some of the ways animals are abused include being beaten, confined to small cages, being force-fed, and being ground up or boiled alive.

I think one of the main issues is the size of the living space animals are provided. They are limited to very small spaces and in some cases are confined so closely together that the animals are unable to touch the ground because they are packed on top of each other. Another issue is the disregard of animal welfare. The animals never see sunlight or breath fresh air. They are adulterated to adapt them and make them profitable for the factory farms. This includes debeaking chickens, cutting off tails of cows and pigs, feeding animals hormones and antibiotics to speed up growth, and restricting the natural behavior of the animals. Aside from these conditions animals are also beaten and handled roughly all throughout their life in the factory farm. If an animal is considered unprofitable to the animal agriculture industry they just kill it. They don’t even give it a chance to live.

With the internet, it is possible for people to watch undercover footage of factory farms. Reading about factory farms has definitely upset me and made me have sympathy for the animals, but I hadn’t understood quite how awful the conditions were until I saw it for myself. Although videos are hard to watch and photos are rough to look at, you have to face the truth of the conditions animals are forced to live in.  I definitely recommend doing your own research on factory farming, and check back here at The Veiled Life every so often to learn more information.

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