Factory Farming BY ALEX POWER

The Editor, Sydney Morning Herald, Dear Sir/Madam, I strongly believe that Factory Farming should be banned all through-out the world. Factory Farming is the number one source of animal cruelty. When Factory Farming started in 1926, all that was being farmed were small chickens. Now 91 years later, they farm everything from sheep, chickens, pigs and even cows. It wasn't until 1970 that the first giant animal factories appeared. By the early 2000's, there were around 62 companies keeping over 1 million or more hens. Two Landmarks books detailing the rise of CAFO system and its effects on the environment, health, community and animals. The CAFO stands for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. Over 99% of farm animals in the US are raised in factory farms. That is heartbreaking for the animals. They are crammed in together, only being fed packaged foods and getting tortured and killed when they are very young. The majority of chickens in factory farms have their beaks cut off and around 82% of cows have their tails cut off. For every caged egg on a supermarket shelf, a hen had to go through 30 hours of pain. About 50 billion caged eggs are sold every year in the US, that means together the hens in the US have to go through 1500 billion hours of pain every year. This is not how these animals or anything deserves to spend its life. This is why I am writing to you, so please listen and do something about this unacceptable treatment of animals. How would you feel being jammed in a shed and tortured? Yours sincerely, Alex Power

Many sheep stuck in a small confined space

The reason why I chose this topic is because my Dad grew up on a free-range farm and we love going out there. It is 1,200 acres and has over 400 cattle and about 30 sheep. Seeing healthy and well-looked after animals roaming the paddocks on the farm means a lot to me and many other people. I strongly oppose factory farming. It upsets me so much to see animals being abused, mistreated and living in bad conditions. My uncle also has a free-range piggery just north of Dubbo. When the pigs are happy and rolling around in the mud the meat is higher quality and tastes so much better.

A free- range baby pig

I had a great learning experience. I learned how to use adobe spark, thinglink, Photoshop and lots about factory farming. I think what I did well was researching and obtaining facts and information about the topic. I also think that I chose the right topic because I can easily relate to it and I feel strongly about it. If I was to do this task again I would use more descriptive words, find better pictures and evaluate more on the 5 persuasive devices that I used. I would also plan out the task better and start earlier so that I would have more time to set out my adobe spark page. I would probably not write to the editor again as I didn't really understand what to do. I needed help with the 5 persuasive writing devices and the set out of my adobe page. I also needed help with the 5 annotations on thinglink and placing my thinglink on my adobe spark page. It took me a while to find out how to put the buttons, text and photos on my adobe spark page. The main thing that I learned about the art of persuasion is that it has to engage the reader and make him/her feel what you are feeling like sad emotions or happy emotions. The art of persuasion can grab the reader's eyes to one part of the page by using colour or bold writing. By using descriptive language it will make the reader or editor want to read more and feel how you feel.

Happy free-range chicken

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