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The meat industry

Fish

Fish

Every person in Israel eats an average of 2000 fish during the course of his life, but actually responsible for twice as many deaths. For every fish that is marketed, another "non profitable" fish dies. Fish are caught at sea, lakes and rivers or bred in pools or cages. All these methods are cruel to the fish and destructive to the environment. In this struggle we must stand beside those whose voices can not be heard.

There is much evidence to the fact that fish feel pain: their nervous system is similar to that of other vertebrates (including humans); their bodies release pain killing substances (such as enkephalin and endorphin) when tissues are damaged and their behavior indicates pain sensations. Over one million fish die slowly from trolling every year along the shores of Israel. The hook sticks through the fish's maw or swallowed and injures its entrails. Trawling also causes injuries and scales lose. Ascending the fish from deep waters to the surface causes gills bleeding and inflation of the body: the sudden decrease of pressure causes the gas within the fish's body to expand and cause severe pain.

Fish that are bred in pools suffer tremendous density, 17,500 times more than in natural lakes. The water volume per fish is less than three bottles. The fish suffer suffocation, skin inflammations, open sores, parasites and their gills are ravaged. The pools are contaminated from pesticides, chlorine, ammonia and other chemicals that hurt the fish's eyes and may induce blindness. Fish that try to escape from cages at open sea meet a grid that scratches them and causes internal hemorrhaging. The spawning is expedited through methods of coercion: The fish are starved, injected with hormones and their eggs are extorted, causing stress, injuries and internal hemorrhaging.

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Movie - beaten to death

Chickens

Chickens

After hatching, the chicks are dumped into closed, windowless structures. These chicks are genetically distorted through "cultivation", which aims to expedite their natural growth rate. The growth is also expedited through drugs, concentrated food and artificial illumination, that prevents sleep and increases feeding. The genetic "cultivation" has distorted the proportion between body parts: "profitable" limbs (muscles and breast) have been enlarged, while "redundant" limbs (bones and feet) have been reduced in size. As a result, the chickens can't support their body weight, and 90% of them suffer disabilities and painful legs distortions. The heart and lungs are also too small and unable to supply sufficient oxygen to the rapidly growing muscle cells.

The chickens wallow in their excrement all their lives. Ammonia fumes make breathing harder and cause even skin wounds and blindness during the winter. The chickens scratch their eyes with their wings and squeal in pain. Continuous lying in rotting litter causes wounds, bedsores and burns to the legs. With growth, the density increases and the chickens are forced to trample one another in order to reach food and water. The density, suffocation, heat and ear-deafening noise causes the chickens high stress, which in turn causes violence and more injuries.

The transportation of chickens to slaughter begins with grasping them by the feet, upside down, several chickens in each hand, and hurling them into tight cages. Fractures and strains to the legs and wings, thirst and suffocation are but a few of the injuries caused during loading and transportation. At the slaughterhouse, the chickens' necks are cut and they are left to bleed and squirm in a bucket or hanging from the conveyor. It may take the chickens several minutes to die after they are slaughtered, because of lateral blood vessels supplying blood to the brain

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Movie - chicken slaughter

Cows

Cows

Cows and bulls are confined for fattening about four months before slaughter. Their heads are restrained over the manger for many hours. The calves suffer dearly while their horns are severed and they are branded. The castration causes the bull pain and trauma: the scrotum is sliced open and each testicle is ripped out separately. The branding is done on bare and shaved skin using either hot or cold cautery. During the branding, the cattle are restrained using a metal ring driven through the nostrils.

Tens of thousands of calves are imported to Israel from Australia every year by ships, on a three weeks journey. Many calves reach the port suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, wounded, sick, or even dead.

The cows who reach the slaughter house can smell the blood and hear the cries of their friends. Their resistance meets sticks, electric shocks, iron poles and kicks. In Israel, the animals are slaughtered fully conscious, upside down. The animal, whose joints may have been strained, squirm from pain and fear that the slaughters must restrain its neck or grasp its nostrils using tongs in order to slice its throat.

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Movie - cow slaughter

Calves

Veals

In order that his flesh be white and tender, the calf is fed low iron diet and is locked down in a tight crate. In an attempt to retrieve some iron, the calf licks the iron bolts and tries to lick his own excrement. He cannot turn around, stretch, lick himself or lie comfortably ? thus prevented to move his muscles, keeping his flesh tender.

In his last days of life, the crate is so tight that the calf can barely stand. The massive heat causes the calf constant thirst and perspiring, but he doesn't receive water so he will have to sip large quantities of the liquid fattening mixture. In the few minutes a day when they are allowed to stretch their heads outside the crate in order to eat, the calves usually touch and lick each other. Though they receive many drugs, the calves suffer from chronic diarrhea, ringworm, sores, blood poisoning, anemia and breathing disorders.

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Movie - veals

Geese

Geese

In order for its liver to be fattened, the goose is force fed with enormous quantities of food. Three to five times a day, a total amount of third of its body weight is forced through a metal pipe into the goose's stomach. As a result of the forced feeding, the goose suffers from liver atrophy, causing the liver to inflate up to ten times from its normal size.

Many of the geese die in agony from wounds and inflammations to the gullet, raptures to the liver and intestines and even a total collapse of the digestive system. The geese are slaughtered in anguish, barely able to move or breathe (the enlarged liver pressures the lunges.)

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Movie - geese force feeding

Pigs

Pigs

At any given moment, about 80,000 pigs are bred in factory farms around Israel. Locked down, the pigs become aggressive and violent due to density and lack of stimulations. In order to control this, the pig's tails are cut without pain killers. Some farmers also sever the pig's fangs.

A concrete or grid floor makes cleaning easier but causes posture difficulties and legs distortions. An American pig farmer commented about the decision to choose these types of floors: we are not paid to breed animal with good posture, we are paid by weight.

A zenith of cruelty are the pregnancy and nursing facilities against which large campaigns are conducted abroad. The breeders fear that because of the extreme density, the sow will crush her young during nursing. Logic dictates that supplying them with more space is the required solution; however, the breeders choose an opposite solution: no space at all. Through all four months of pregnancy, the sow is locked down in a tight stall, in which she can only move one step in every direction. But even this minimal exercise is prevented during the months of nursing. The sow is restrained down with metal bars. Animal activists documented in the Lahav farm using a hidden camera that the pressure on the sow is so intense that she can't even turn around or rise.

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Movie - pig farms