why we advocate
Animal slavery is the most widespread and socially accepted injustice of all time. Not only is the animal industry holding hostage the natural world and its inhabitants, as well as sabotaging the health of our society, its very existence is a violation of the most basic rights of the individuals it enslaves.
These billions upon billions of sentient beings are considered, by today’s ‘civilized’ society, to be nothing more than chattel property, and their owners are legally entitled to subject them to many forms of barbaric cruelty in the name of profit, convenience or pleasure. As consumers, we have the power to take back control, and demand an end to the use of animals as commodities and resources. When we advocate for the widespread adoption of vegan values, we speak for the entire population of humanity’s victims – from wild animals who are hunted and exterminated to make way for the ravages of human excess, to domesticated animals who are bred and confined (whether in crates or pastures), and ultimately killed so that people can make use of the products of their misery.
"INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE" MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
The pandemic of violence in the world calls to us to reevaluate our relationship with non-human animals, who are victims of the most extreme forms of our collective violence, and to recognize that they are no more meant to be our possessions than are people with different colored skin, women, children, or any other living beings. They too, are individuals who value their lives, feel pain, fear death, and have a right to live free from oppression.
"In the year June 2012, 551 million chickens were slaughtered in Australia. Chickens are the largest number of intensively farmed animals in Australia and also have the shortest life of all animals kept in intensive meat production."
The regulating authorities have failed to advocate for these animals. We see it as our duty to assist and protect these animals by exposing the industries through evidence of their suffering, to show the public the truth of what is happening behind these shed walls, and to put pressure onto the regulating authorities to act to end this suffering.
General Practices In The Australian Broiler Farming Industry.
In just 50 years, humans have selectively bred the meat or ‘broiler’ chicken to produce a creature who is a genetic freak, a creature who has been bred and genetically altered to grow at 3 times their natural growth rate, to reach ‘slaughter weight’ at just 6 ‐ 8 weeks of age.
In our society’s quest for readily available chicken products, every year in Australia alone, over half a billion chickens are raised and slaughtered for their flesh. Broiler chickens experience unnatural growth rates that place immense pressure on their heart, lungs and skeletal systems, with many experiencing lameness, fractures, dislocations and organ failure, due to the incredible mass they are forced to carry around. Broiler chickens are bred to grow as rapidly as possible for their flesh.
There have been repeated undercover investigations at broiler farms, conducted by animal rights groups where they routinely find birds who have been forced to grow so quickly, that their legs have collapsed under their artificially enhanced weight, crippling them.
Many die of starvation and dehydration because their crippled limbs will not carry them to food and water.
| They are crammed by the tens of thousands into sheds thick with ammonia fumes and are forced to spend their entire short lives living in their own waste. |
During ‘depopulation’ of the sheds, the birds routinely suffer broken bones from being grabbed by their legs and violently crammed or thrown into crates and they are then slammed upside-down into shackles at the slaughterhouses to have their throats slit.
Many chickens are still conscious while their throats are slit or when they are dumped into tanks of scalding hot water to remove their feathers. Chickens naturally live up to 12 years. Chickens bred for meat live only 6 ‐ 8 tragic weeks. Find out more: Aussie Farms Australian Chicken Farming - Facts.
General Practices In The Australian Egg Farming Industry.
The Australian egg industry is only driven to address the interests of the animals it produces when consumer concern threatens profitability. When the industry fears sales will drop, it reacts by doing the minimal amount possible to appease consumers whilst maintaining maximum profits. This industry treats layer hens as mere objects, units of production, and this is evidenced by the horrific lives these animals endure from their birth, right through to their deaths.
Hens in battery cages, barn-laid systems, and many free range systems spend their lives in artificially lit surroundings designed to maximise laying activity, with insufficient room to act on natural instincts like preening, nesting, foraging and dust bathing.
Due to the suppression of many of their natural instincts and social interactions, chickens raised in battery cages often become frustrated. This may trigger pecking, bullying and cannibalism. In an attempt to prevent this behaviour from causing injuries, factory farmers routinely conduct beak-trimming or 'de-beaking' on chicks. This involves the practical removal or burning off of the upper and lower beak through the application of an electrically heated blade.
Despite the fact that de-beaking is known to cause acute and chronic pain (particularly in older birds) due to tissue damage and nerve injury, no State or Territory law in Australia requires pain relief to be used in conjunction with the procedure.
"Battery Hens" - Voiceless
Male Chicks Killed At Birth
All egg systems are faced with a universal 'problem' when it comes to the hatching of chicks raised for egg laying. Since only female chickens lay eggs, male chicks who have no commercial value to the egg industry are routinely gassed or 'macerated' (ground up alive). As a result, every year some 12 million male chicks are killed in the first day of their lives as waste products of the Australian egg industry. "Making Sense of Egg Labels" - Animals Australia
Slaughter of "spent" hens
Layer hens are killed years short of their natural life span. Hens will naturally live for around 10 years, but most layer hens in Australia are sent to slaughter as soon as they exceed their productive 'use by date'. In all egg production systems, from cage to free range, hens are considered 'spent' from just 18 months old. Occasionally however, if it's deemed commercially viable, hens in free-range systems will be kept on for another season which would extend their life for around 12 months — still well short of what nature intended.
Battery hens are forcefully pulled from their cages, often through cage doors so small that their bones break in the process. Hens are packed into crates and trucked (often long distances) to the slaughterhouse where they will be hung upside done and have their throats slit.
Facts About Layer-hens
Find out interesting facts about layer hens here.
Whats wrong with backyard eggs?
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