Educating the World for a Vegan Tomorrow
This section features information related to the horrors that animals face each day. It gives you views from the perspectives of slaves in factory farms.
“If you’re NOT Vegan yet, then the Veg-u-cation below can BOTH keep Animals out of cages, AND you out of Hell. Yes, Hell also, is a Veg-u-cational Facility. Trust Prophet Moses on it — you wouldn’t click as well there.” -ZeVegan
The Virtual Battery Cage
This virtual simulator allows you to understand the torture of life for egg hens in factory cage farms. Deplorable conditions make the lives of the hens unbearable, but they are subjected to these circumstances as victims of the cage-industrial complex. More facts about the prison-like cages that hold them are listed below.
- In the United States, an estimated 95% of egg-laying hens are intensively confined in battery cages.
- As of December 2008, about 300 million birds are confined in battery cages, almost one for every U.S. citizen.
- Each cage confines 5 or 6 birds on average, but sometimes up to 10 birds.
- Voluntary industry guidelines specify a minimum of 67 square inches per hen. This is an area smaller than a standard sheet of paper.
- Like any animal, chickens are highly motivated to perform natural behaviors. These behaviors include nesting, perching, scratching, foraging, dust-bathing, exploring, and stretching. Caged chickens are denied all of these natural behaviors, causing them severe frustration.
- Battery hens suffer from serious health problems, such as respiratory disease from constant exposure to ammonia fumes and fecal dust; osteoporosis, bone fractures, and prolapsed uteruses from being bred to lay eggs at an unnaturally high rate; and foot disorders, sores, and injuries from contact with the cage wire in outdated cage systems.
- As a response to the lack of foraging opportunities in the barren cage environment, chickens sometimes engage in feather-pecking of their cagemates. So, before they are 10 days old, the ends of their beaks are seared off with hot blades.
- Beak mutilation causes acute and sometimes chronic pain.
- For every egg you buy, a hen will be forced to endure these conditions for over 32 hours.
- Chickens are confined for about a year and a half before their ability to lay eggs declines, then they are killed.
- Eggs are not a necessary part of a nutritious diet, and there are many healthy, affordable alternatives that make it easy to leave eggs off of your shopping list for good. Some good egg alternatives include applesauce, bananas, commercial egg replacer powder (such as Ener-G Egg Replacer or Bob’s Red Mill All Natural Egg Replacer) ground flaxseed, tofu, or vinegar and baking soda.
- The egg industry cannot be trusted to make responsible decisions regarding the welfare of chickens, because it has a profit motive to sacrifice their interests. There are currently no U.S. federal laws that protect the interests of chickens used for food.
The Virtual Gestation Crate
Gestation crates are metal cages that 60-70 percent of mother pigs in the U.S. are confined in throughout their pregnancies. In these crates, the pigs cannot even turn around, and can only move a matter of inches on each side of their bodies.
Square footage of a gestation crate: 14 (2×7 feet)
Number of pigs in crates: 3.5 to 4 million
Length of pregnancy: 4 months
Frequency of forcible impregnation: every 5-6 months
The pork industry houses pigs as if they were parked cars instead of conscious, living beings. There is a life looking out from between every set of bars. In the virtual gestation crate, you can experience a simulated gestation crate from the perspective of a mother pig.
The Torture of Boredom
Pigs want to experience their lives. They want to search for food, to interact with other pigs, to root, to graze, to bathe, and to stretch out and take naps in the shade. It isn’t just physically painful for pigs to be trapped in a cramped prison. Pigs in crates suffer the deprivation of their lives.