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Animals Who Dream of Having the Day Off

Written by Michelle Kretzer | September 3, 2012

While most of us are grilling veggie dogs in the park or sipping drinks by the pool today, working animals won’t have it so easy:

Horses pulling horse-drawn carriages today will tromp on hard pavement all day long in the intense heat. They will breathe exhaust fumes and will not have adequate food or water. Tonight, they will be crammed into a tiny stall for a few hours until they are dragged out in the morning to start again.


Hens used by the egg industry are spending the day crammed five deep into wire “battery cages” about the size of a file drawer. Because they are packed so closely together, they will have to urinate and defecate on each other.


Today, Indian donkeys will struggle to pull heavy carts that are overloaded with bricks and sugarcane. They will toil under the blazing sun with little rest, food, or water. They may be beaten or whipped to force them to keep going.

Orcas who are enslaved at marine parks today will perform meaningless tricks in front of crowds of screaming people in order to get food. They will swim endless circles in a tank that is, for them, comparable to a bathtub. The reverberations from their sonar will bounce off the walls, adding to their frustration and anger.


Female dogs in puppy mills will likely spend Labor Day in either a crude, filthy cage or chained to a tree. They will suffer from painful medical conditions, such as ear infections, mange, and abscessed feet, for which they will receive no veterinary care. They will either be pregnant with or nursing yet another litter of puppies, who will be taken away from them and sold.


Pregnant cows on dairy farms will be hooked up to milking machines several times today. They may be suffering from a painful udder inflammation called “mastitis,” likely brought on by the drugs that increase their milk production. They may also be lame from being intensely confined and being forced to stand amid their own waste.

This Labor Day, resolve to help the animals who rarely have a day off. To learn what the PETA-supported working animal relief organization Animal Rahat is doing to help animals in India, visit

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  • Audrey says:

    I think this is so cruel . they deserve a break and not suffer or doing it not properly. thats so abusive. i wish u can do something about it. what happen to the world. People are crazy killing anything like have no soul or heart. treat them with respect and love them in proper way. not cruel or abusive or neglect. iam so tired of hearing people abusive to animals or cruel to them like farmers etc. no excuses.

  • sam says:

    thanks this post

  • Selena Mannski says:

    I agree with all of you against animal cruelty. As a vegetarian and animal activist against testing, fur, and leather, I often wonder what goes on in peoples’ heads, why don’t they understand there is no need to treat animals this way, we have machines and synthetic eco-friendly materials we don’t require the use of these animals. Those big meat packaging/ egg packaging/dairy farms/ meat processing plants cause more greenhouse gasses and pollution than people driving do (watch a lecture by Prof. Steve Joordens or look up stats for proof). I also wonder why people could justify using animals, like giving them a purpose making them useful to themselves, not realizing that animals are not on this planet for us! They have their own purpose. I also find people psychopathic who can justify abusing animals as harming animals is what most psycho murderers do before they do the same to humans (read an intro psych text book if you dont believe me).

  • paula says:

    do not forget the poor horses, cattle, sheep etc that are at the feedlots hungry, alone and scared. they languish there until they are brutally slaughtered. and the poor victims at vivisection labs. humans(fellow animal) should be ashamed for their cruelty inflicted on innocent animals.

  • devos maryse says:

    je dirait simplement STOP a l’exploitation intenpestive de c’est pauvre bete

  • Andrea Miheljic says:


  • Kozaka, Yuichi says:

    I am depressed, looking at these photos. I want to consider What I can do in Japan sooner or later.



  • Ana Adriana Santos says:

    Basta de crueldad animal….!!!!

  • damla says:


  • Fountain of Gardens Ministries says:

    A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Proverbs 12:10 In other words, the tenderest compassions of the wicked bottomline in cruelty as any righteous person would see the matter. Wishing I could convey in a short enough post the vision I started having after I typed that verse. All I’ll say here is that though it’ll seem to go on eternally for those who are agonizing over this, in world history (viz., looking at the big picture) it won’t be much longer that animals will be going through this. It won’t be much longer at all.

  • Paul F Davis says:

    Remembering animals on Labor Day!

  • David Beskind says:

    Excellent point to make: people are quick to enjoy Labor Day for themselves and the general human experience while billions of animals are abused with little thought given for their basic needs or comfort. Equally deranged is how we call for world peace and love at the end of each year during the holiday cycle. What logical, rational force would reward such a selfish, violent species with universal peace & love? It’s up to us to change it all around.

  • inge anhorn says:

    what about pregnant mares hooked for month on end in a stall to hoses to collect their urine for a drug called Premarin. This drug relieves natural aging in female tissues. Absurd! just to have better sex! the factories where this is going on are right here in Alberta, of course!

  • Susan Carone says:

    My heart breaks for these animals~~~