Introduction-Enough is enough. Factory farming is the most inhumane and cruel way of raising livestock for food. People take the food system for granted and don’t realise the reality of factory farming. The aim of these factory farms is to produce large quantities of meat at the minimum cost. Factory farming is by far the single worst form of animal cruelty. Animals are put into extremely tight spaces and are continuously force fed so that they grow to a large size in a small amount of time. Factory farming is a big topic and I will be talking specifically about chickens.
Raising-Chickens in factory farms get fed nonstop, injected with growth hormones and they don’t get to ever sleep so they grow at a rapid pace. Since 1950 chickens have nearly doubled in their size when slaughtered for meat and the time it gets to that size has reduced from 68 days to 47 days. The meat might be cheaper but people have to remember it is at the cost of the chicken’s life. Because of the demand for cheap meat huge chickens are put into small spaces from 12 to 20 chicken per square metre. Chickens can barely move around in spaces this small let alone have any exercise. For a chicken to be happy and healthy they need to walk around.
Consumption-Australians now consume ten times more chicken than in 1960. But it’s not just Australia; America consumes 22 million whole chickens per day which is equivalent to 8 billion a year and 30 kg of chicken meat gets consumed per person per year. All together the world consumes 52 billion chickens a year. The increasing levels of consumption requires more farms producing more meat and eggs to cope with the demand. Now 70% of farms are cruel factory farms. People don’t need to consume this much chicken. Not only is it bad for the chickens, it’s pretty unhealthy for you to eat so much meat. You only really need a tiny bit for protein.
Battery Cage Farming-Chicken factory farms aren’t for just meat, they’re also used for eggs and the chickens are treated just as badly. People usually call it battery cage farming. But battery cage farming isn’t just used for chicken eggs, it can be used for other animals. In battery cage farming a chicken is only given allocated space of about an A4 piece of paper. There can be anywhere from 3 up to 20 chickens laying eggs in the same cage. The chickens can’t even spread their wings it’s so confined.
Conclusion-The only way to put an end to factory farming is to reduce consumption. Reduction in demand will mean companies won’t need to produce as much meat. Then factory farms won’t be needed. The answer is so simple but people choose to ignore it. You could make a difference by eating less meat. Will you save the animals?
- What I did well? I think I did a good job researching and collecting valuable information. I was able to find good websites and get information about my topic. I think I did a good job persuading the reader with my persuasive text and drawing in lead pencil the persuasive image.
- What would I differently if I had the task again? I would probably start the assessment earlier. I leaved it all a bit late since I wanted to finish my other assessments first then move on to English. It didn’t really work because I ended up having to do a lot just before it was due. Another change that I could have made was to colour in my picture. Since it was nearly due and I still had other things to do for the assessment I didn’t bother in colouring in my persuasive image. I think it would have looked better and I would have got better marks.
- What Help did I need? I needed help with programs on my computer. Since all the programs that where being used for the assessment where new I didn’t know how to operate them. Programs I had trouble where adobe spark, Photoshop and thing link. At the end I got to learn how they worked. I think that learning how these programs work is important since they will be useful especially Photoshop.
- The main thing about the art of persuasion that I have learned from this task is: The Ethos, Pathos and Logos strategies of persuasion. I thought that this was a great way to split up the different techniques. Not only did it help me learn and understand new things I also found it quite interesting.