Those of you from OHIO, there's something about your state you should read a little further down the post.
Here are pictures of the 2 foot crates where these mothers spend THEIR WHOLE LIVES. The other one is where she is taken only to nurse her babies. The babies are in a separate crate. The sow can't bond or even know how her piglets are doing.
After about 2 to 3 weeks the babies are taken away and she is impregnated again to start the whole process over. And all the while NEVER leaving her 2 ft. crate. This is a life she will NEVER escape, no matter how long she calls out, with her cries and moans of desperation.
After about 2-3 years, and her body is absolutely worn out, she goes to saughter. Usually too exhausted to even walk to her death.
The sow pictured above, worn out after years of being confined in a 2-foot-wide metal crate, was unable to walk. She was left to suffer with no medical care, in the alleyway at a factory farm amid rows of gestation crates.
Walking into a gestation crate facility, one hears the roars and screams of hundreds of confined, frustrated sows and the clatter of hundreds of bodies banging against metal cage bars. Treated like piglet-making machines, gestating sows are lined up in row after row of metal crates inside huge, windowless warehouses.
You can read about the life of pigs bread in factory farms. The Agriculture Industry has led us to believe, all of our lives that animals roam free, grazing and playing until they're fat enough to go to slaughter. Well here is a look into what it's really like. This is the FACTORY FARMING INDUSTRY, not small family farms.
You can click the link below to the Farm Sanctuary website to read the whole story. If anything, please e-sign the petition to stop the practice of torturing the "downed" pigs throughout our country that are too sick or crippled to walk to slaughter. (you can find the link to the petition down this post in blue writing 'Farm Sanctuary Website' Look in the side bar to the right with the picture of the pig.) Industry animals don't fall under the Cruelty to Animals protection
laws. Yet pigs are very intelligent. Equal to a three year old, human child. They make friends for life. They protect thier young. They love to interact with humans. Nobody will protect the welfare and humane treatment of these wonderful animals unless we act in some way or speak up. After reading this article, you will be able to make informed decisions when it comes to elections in your state or area, and when purchasing your meat.
I think if young children knew, and were taught different from our generation, they would be the ones to make a difference for the furure of these amazing animals.
Farm Sanctuary animals live free and happy for the rest of their lives.
Farm Sanctuary rescues farm animals of all kinds. They have a slideshow of some of their rescued breeding sows seeing snow for the first time. They loved it so much they didn't want to come in until evening. They had never even been outside in the fresh air before.
They were rescued from a flooded Industry Factory Farm where the workers opened the pig gates and let them fend for themselves during the flood. Other animals weren't as lucky. They railed against their cages and stalls as the water rose over their heads. Their bodies were found later after the flood.
Click here to read this heartbreaking story. Farm Sanctuary Website
Those of you in Ohio, read HERE Scroll down to his 11/09 /09 about Issue 2 that will come up on the ballot again. The people thought they were voting against cruelty to factory farmed animals, but because of the wording on the ballot, they unknowingly voted for the agriculture industry to keep it's same practices. Another chance is coming. I'm not sure when, but watch out for it.
Thank you to all who took the time to look.