It’s extremely disheartening to me how many people consider the problem “factory farming” and not just plain “animal farming.” There’s this widespread myth that factory farming was born out of WWII and is a relatively new phenomenon, but that’s nothing more than misinformation and lack of education. Farming large quantities of animals on not that much property and treating them like they matter zero amount and then taking their lives from them has been taking place since ancient Egypt and people here in the US have had thousands and thousands of animals on their property at any given moment destined for premature death long before the end of WWII. Constantly attacking “factory farming” puts families and individuals who own smaller farms in a safe place, as if what they are doing is a much lesser evil or not even evil at all. But what is the biggest difference between factory farms and smaller farms? The quantity of animals is the answer to that. Take this picture for example. This is on a small family farm that kills countless thousands and thousands of chickens per year, plus other animals as well. Instead of being in warehouse sized barns, they have many smaller barns, that are packed full of confused babies who’ve been programmed to be hungry all moments they’re awake and to get as big as possible to be killed at around 42 days of age. On the smaller farms just like the factory farms, many will succumb to heart attacks or other forms of death before the actual slaughter day comes. Their manmade growth rate topples what their organs and bones and hearts can handle and many won’t be able to make it to water and food and will starve to death while others will get trampled to death. Some of these babies will get trucked to massive slaughterhouses and others will get killed on the actual farm property. None of them will ever know what pleasure or happiness means. All of their communication that they don’t want to be killed will be denied by their torturers. The small and massive farmers will both contribute significantly to global hunger and environmental degradation.