16 Photos That Will Change Your Mind About Eating Meat

Take a look inside the industries that raise animals for food. You’ll never eat the same way again.

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On modern farms, cows, chickens, pigs, ducks, geese, and other animals live in extremely stressful conditions. Most are kept in small cages, in jam-packed sheds, or on filthy feedlots—often with so little space that they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably. The animals are deprived of exercise so that all their bodies’ energy goes toward producing flesh, eggs, or milk for human consumption. They’re fed drugs in order to fatten them up more quickly and keep them alive in conditions that could otherwise kill them. They’re genetically altered to grow faster or produce much more milk or eggs than they naturally would. All of this is legal and standard procedure on factory farms.

Even on so-called “humane” farms, animals face painful mutilations, severe crowding, and a terrifying, painful death. The only way to eat humanely is to eat vegan.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind