The Hebrew Scriptures forbid inhumane slaughter or cruelty toward
beasts of burden (Exod. 23:5; Deut. 22:6–7, 25:4).
Yet, in the United States, virtually all food derived from
animals is obtained through intensive factory farming methods. In
fact, nearly ten billion land animals are slaughtered each year,
over a million every hour, and the number of aquatic animals killed
for food is far greater. These animals suffer greatly from stressful
crowding, barren environments that frustrate their instinctive
drives, mutilations and amputations without pain relief (including
debeaking, dehorning, tail docking, and castration), and other
painful procedures, aside from the cruelty inflicted on them by
frustrated workers who beat, kick, stab them, etc.
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