By: Taylor Rodgers
TRIGGER WARNING - ANIMAL CRUELTY
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Defined as the quality of being fair or equal,
Is easily broken like a thin piece of glass.
We tend to focus on injustice between me and you,
Or you and someone else,
Or someone else and someone else,
But have you ever stopped to think about the injustice
Of animals around the world?
That is the number of animals raised and killed every year
For us to eat, wear, and even clean ourselves with.
The thick blood of a slaughtered cow is used to make adhesives, fertilizer, dyes
Her fat is used to make plastic, tires, crayons, cosmetics, lubricants, soaps, detergents, creams, ink , textiles.
Her collagen is used to make pie crusts, yogurts, matches, paper, cardboard glue.
Her intestines are used to make strings of musical instruments and racquets
And her bones are used in ceramics and cleaning products
But that’s what they’re here for that right?
who roamed the earth long before us,
They are here for our use,
And as the dominant species on mother earth
All living things are under our complete authority.
We are all animals, and I
Or the president of the united states of america,
Are no better than the
9 billion chickens
250 million turkeys
100 million pigs
Or 35 million cows
Slaughtered every year for us to use with no shame.
Without federal laws governing the humane care standards for animals in factory farms,
And state laws that are rarely enforced or acknowledged,
These animals suffer from the moment they are born to the moment they are slaughtered.
With vitamins A and D being discovered in the 1920’s,
Animals no longer need sunlight and exercise to grow.
Chickens are trapped in cages with less space than an eight and a half by eleven inch piece of paper.
Animals given growth hormones often break their legs from the immense amount of pressure of their body weight.
That is the amount of factory farm animals
From injury, disease, and stress
Before even making it to the slaughterhouse
Not that much huh?
That’s more than 1 billion a year.
Male baby chicks don’t even last a day
Grinded the moment they hatch,
Thrown into garbage bags to suffocate.
The average chick lives around seven years,
In factory farms they are raised and killed for food in just 5 weeks.
Imagine being the fully grown
In 35 days.
Who live an average of 25 years
Only live 1 year in a factory farm.
And pigs who live an average of 15 years
Live less than 1.
Many Americans have them,
But would you ever eat them?
As most of us know in other parts of the world
Eating cats and dogs is normal.
It’s all about perspective.
So why is it normal for us to use these animals,
Who can’t defend themselves,
To our advantage.
Why is it okay for us to consume animal products,
When we know what goes on behind closed doors.
We know that the chickens,
And the cows,
And the pigs,
And the turkeys
Are being tortured,
Yet we continue to support it.
There are many things we can do to support the justice of animals.
While adopting a plant-based diet is the best way to help,
Limiting your meat consumption,
Supporting organizations that help animals suffering in factory farms,
And spreading your knowledge with other people
Can also save many animals from our injustice.