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Aracelina Velazquez

Professor Batty
English 113B
25 February 2016
Inhumanely Killings Are Putting Society At Risk
For decades factory farming has been argued by many people that it is a great value for
society but also disagreed by others that factory farms have inadequate outcome towards animals
and humans. Factory farming has evolved significantly making it easier to produce and process
food faster. One of the many reasons is because of the technology involved and antibiotics used
on animals. Antibiotics are used to speed up animals growth in order to process food faster and
put out to sell in stores. But factory farms produce low quality foods because of amount of
chemicals and diseases that spread within the animals. This happens because animals are thrown
in small cages that are too overcrowded with no space to move. Animals contaminated with
diseases are still used to be processed in foods that people eat, causing health problems towards
humans. Factory farms produce a large amount of waste that causes environmental problems that
affects globalization. Therefore, factory farms should be banned because of the inhumane animal
abuse, human health problems caused by lack of nurture towards animals, and the negative
effects on the environment and rural communities.
To begin, the sad reality behind a nice packaged chicken or meat lyes an inhumanely
abused animal led to their death. Many animals in factory farms such as chickens and cows are
cruelly stomped on, caged up, and killed alive.. In the article, Exposing Abuse on the Factory
Farm, The Editorial Board claims, an unnecessary animal abuse made by farm workers, using
a moving tractor to drag a cow on the floor by a chain attached to her neck and workers

repeatedly beating, kicking and jumping on the cow(n.pag.). The editorial board discusses a
horrible an unnecessary act done to an innocent cow. An action so disturbing done to an animal
like that shouldn't be allowed but banned. Some might say that it's the worker's job and part of
the process of killing them however, it can be done much differently than to chain an animal by it
neck and being aware that it is suffering. Moreover, many animals in factory farms don't get the
chance to see daylight or to even experience how the sunlight feels. In the article, Last Chance
for Animals(n.pag.), discusses how new born chicks are crammed in tiny cages so small that
they cannot spread their wings, if the baby chick is a male it is suffocated in trash bags, crushed,
gassed or ground up alive. Hurting a newborn that does not have the strength to defend itself is
highly unfair and crucial. Imagine if that was done to a puppy or kitten. Most people would argue
against that action done to a cat or dog. But those people won't take inconsideration of it being
done to a baby chicken or cow, that doesn't seem upright, it not ok to kill a dog but it is okay to
slam and crush a newborn chick just for people's convenience.
In addition, the lack of good treatment in factory farms is causing health problem towards
humans. The action of cramping the animals all together in small cages causes animals to have a
negative effects that can harm people that consume it. For example, in the article, What's wrong
with Factory Farming, Jonathan Anomaly claims, crowding animals together in close
confinement can induce stress and suppress their immune systems, raising parasite loads and
making animals more susceptible to infections(n.pag.). Anomaly discusses that because of the
cause of animal being caged up in small areas that they can not move, have a high risk of making
animal prone to diseases. The main problem with that is that humans are consuming meat that is
infected with viral diseases, therefore it being passed on to their immune system causing people
to get sick. These factories have these animals crammed in there own filth, in cages that they do

not clean. Just imagine the amount of germs that are being spread within the animals that are
feed to people. .Not to mention the amount of antibiotics inserted in these animals in factory
farms causing problems towards humans. According to a New York Times article F.D.A
Restricts Antibiotics Use for livestock Sabrina Tavernise proclaims, At least two million
Americans fall sick every year about 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infections(n.pag.).
Tavernis claims that so many people each year get sick or even die because of antibiotic inserted
in animals placed in factory farms. That is a very large amount of illness and death just because
they want to rapidly reinforce the growth of animals. In addition to the overuse of antibiotics that
factory farms use on animals in the article Factory Farming: Bad for People, Planet and
Economy Kaye Spector argues, Overuse of antibiotics can fuel the growth of antibioticresistant bacteria, the use of arsenic and growth hormones can increase the risk of cancer in
people and crowded conditions can be a breeding ground for diseases(n.pag.).Spector argues the
overuse of antibiotics injectected in these animals is putting not only animals at risk but society
as well. People will argue that factory farms are great industries for economic growth however
they are one of the reasons to the downfall of medical problems.
Furthermore, big industries like factory farming are creating a negative impact on the
environment. The problem with slaughtering animals to make meats is that they create a big
amount of animal waste.The problem involving animal waste is that it gets dumped in places that
can harm our surroundings. The article, Factory farming and the environment,discuss,
Factory farms typically store animal waste in huge, open air lagoons, often as big as several
football fields, which are prone to leaks and spills( According to this article all the
animals waste is in this huge lagoon spills and eventually overflows and all that water can spill
into creeks killing fish. Therefore, the waste poured in these lagoons are contaminated with

different bacterias. According to the article, Factory farms: A bad choice for rural area, Jeniffer
Sandy claims, This waste contains pathogen bacteria that includes Salmonella and E.coli;
heavy metals;nitrogen and phosphorous; and millions of pounds of bacteria(n.pag.). In brief
Sandy mentions all the harmful contaminants that come from the wastewater of factory farms
that are a danger to our environment and to human health. The article Facts about pollution
from livestock farms, claim more than 40 diseases can be transferred to humans through
manure(n.pag.). The article argues one of the many effects that animals waste can cause
involves the harm that it does to society. In addition to the process of dumping waste in the
lagoons it releases many air pollutants. In the article, Public health, discusses the different air
pollutants released by factory farms: hydrogen sulfide, Ammonia, Particulate matter, and
Odor(n.pag). All these air pollutants harm the environment in many different ways such as
releasing highly toxic gasses that can kill a person by two or three breaths, toxins are exposed to
upper airways, exposure to particles of various solids and liquids in the air, and really bad smell
emitted in the air. There are other ways to access livestock that does not release chemicals or
waste. Organic livestock can provide people with their necessities without harming our
environment, but if factory farms continue evidently the environment is being put at risk with
highly and deadly toxins that harms our society.
Next, rural communities are being affected negatively because of factory farms. Most
rural communities have their own traditional farm structure that did not involve harming animals,
inserting antibiotics, and no type of operation. Traditional farming was a great way to obtain
livestock however, because of factory farms many of these natural farm have been sold or
consolidated. In the article, facts about factory farming,John Ikerd claims, CaFOs have
replaced independent livestock farmers, USDA statics indicate the number of beef cattle

operations fell by 40%, hog farms declined by 90%, and dairy farms fell by 80%(n.pag.).
According to Ikerd rural communities have suffered both economically and socially because of
the loss of traditional farms. The industrialization of factory farms is causing rural communities
to go down the road of no success.Ikerd asserts, Industrialized agriculture operations upon rural
communities results in lower relative incomes for certain segments in the community and greater
income inequality and poverty, a less active main street, decreased in retail trade, and fewer
stores in the community( Thus, Ikerd informs that factory farm are affecting rural
communities decreasing their chances of growing as a community and economically. Many
opposing to the removal of factories might say that factory farms involve a lot of job
opportunities however, factory farms have done the complete opposite leaving many farm
worker unemployed.
Overall, factory farming are only negatively affecting our society instead of making it a
better place. The constant animal abuse being done by these industries is causing them to be
badly nurture and subsequently affecting human health. They are exposing society to become a
harmful and dangerous globalization. The environment should be a place that is not
contaminated but nurtured appropriately. All the negative effects occurring in the environment
such as the amount pollution, waste, contamination, and odors that all come from factory farms.
It is not only affecting the environment but also the rural communities decreasing their trade
levels and leading them to poverty. Factory farms should be banned and organic livestock farms
are always be a great way to provide people with their necessities.

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