Caged And Free Ranged Eggs - Emily
Caged chickens spend their whole lives in poor conditions and are not given the freedom to see sunlight and are fed on a diet of corn waste and chemicals. As hens reach laying age they are put into cages with about 100,000 others. Wire floors of these cages slopes down on an angle preventing the hens from sitting properly and their feet often become deformed as a result. The tips of their beaks are cut or burnt off to try and prevent them doing any damage to the other birds caged right beside them. However caged eggs still continue to be popular as it is the cheaper and easier option. A way to help stop factory farming for chickens is to buy free range eggs so production slows down as they make less money, it also influences people around you to go for the free range option. Although it may be slightly more expensive it helps tremendously for free range farmers.
Factory Farming - Maddie
Factory farming is known as the top form of animal cruelty in the world. In most of Australia it's legal to cut off any body parts on a conscious, healthy animal. As well as having the right to keep a mother pig in such a confined space they can't turn around for months, the unsanitary conditions are horrifying to imagine. Nowadays, factory farming has gotten so bad that 2/3 animals in the world are factory farmed and each of the chemicals they consume, we consume too. These can be antibiotics to prevent diseases, hormone stimulating drugs and antibiotics to maximise the food output. Confining so many animals in one area produces more waste than the surrounding land can handle. As a result, factory farms are associated with various environmental hazards, such as water, land and air pollution.
Smart Shopping: Advice Thomas
When shopping for fruit and vegetables, look at the back of the shelf as the fresh produce is often found at the back in an attempt to sell more of the older produce.
Look at the tag on the produce or ask someone to determine if the produce is organic. Another way to find out is looking at the price, as non organic is often cheaper.
Avoid buying factory farmed meat and eggs as the animals producing these have been put under brutal conditions.
Aim to buy free range eggs as the chickens producing these are free. Also, if enough people buy free range we may be able to eradicate factory farmed eggs.
Avoid buying things with plastic and avoid taking plastic bags as this is unsustainable and bad for the environment as it takes a long time to decompose and animals may choke on it.