Animal rights activists have all the reasons to raise and condemn brutality issues involving livestock animals. This is a routine subject of many arguments they raise against farmers and various producers of such animals, which are reared and bred for human consumption. In 2003, California-based Ward Egg Ranch untimely killed up to 30,000 hens because the animals were no longer productive. The hens were thrown into wood chippers. This is simply one of the many issues raised by activists.
In the same year, Cypress Foods started feeling the crunch of the economy. The result: it decided not to feed more than a million of its farm chickens in Georgia and Florida for up to 14 days. In that action, more than 20,000 of those birds perished and about 180,000 were euthanized. These cases are plainly extreme because of the cruelty involved. Still, we should all realize that maltreatment of livestock animals in agricultural farms is not uncommon at all. The fact is that it is a daily occurrence.
Broiler chickens are bred and fed with growth hormones so they would develop extraordinarily larger breasts and thighs. Such a practice is cited for the production of plumper chickens, which in turn translate to greater profits for farm producers. Still, there is still cruelty to the practice because the involved birds grow much heavier that their own bones are commonly unable to support them. This means that, this action makes life more unbearable and harder for those livestock animals.
Turkeys are given growth hormones so they may be butchered before they turn a year old. Pigs often are bred in overcrowded pens, making them fight with each other and perchance get untimely deaths. Pregnant sows are confined in special gestation crates, where they are avoided from turning around and lying comfortably. Most cows do not experience getting out of barns where they are literally used in all of life. Many livestock animals die amid natural disasters, heat waves, and various occurrences that are further aggravated by absence of farms’ emergency measures and facilities.
The Humane Farm Animal Care has finally chose to rise above the occasion by launching a labeling program for livestock products. Meat, egg, poultry, and dairy goods are now given ‘Certified Humane Raised and Handled’ labels to ensure consumers and animal rights advocates that livestock raising adheres to objective, precise, and humane standards.
To be in a position to purchase the Certified Humane label on livestock products, processors and producers are obligated to: 1) provide suitable nutrition to animals in addition to entry to fresh, fresh regularly; 2) refrain from using livestock feeds that include synthetic hormones and antibiotics that abnormally speed growth; 3) take proper disease prevention actions; 4) provide spacious shelter to animals; and 5) stick to American Meat Institute Standards especially for slaughtering.
The labeling program has been efficiently helping improve lives of livestock domestic animals. Therefore, our agricultural and food industries are helping ensure that livestock animals are receiving humane therapy even though they need to be butchered for food consumption of consumers.