(ANIMAL CRUELTY/FACTORY FARMS) Although factory farm cruelty is considered illegal in most states, the problem continues to exist.

Factory farm employees who witness acts of animal cruelty may not feel comfortable reporting such acts for fear of jeopardizing his or her job.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) believes that cruelty at factory farms, livestock auctions, and slaughterhouses should no longer go unnoticed.

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Pregnant pigs used for food are sometimes kept in cramped cages called gestation crates for most of their lives. Photo Credit: AP’s Amy Sancetta; Science Progress

In operation with the United Farm Workers, the HSUS recently launched a hotline for factory farm workers to call if they witness cruel or unlawful acts of animal abuse.

The tip line (1-888-209-7177) offers those who report acts of animal cruelty rewards of up to $5,000 for information leading to a possible conviction or arrest.

Types of animal abuse that can occur in factory farms, livestock auctions, and slaughter houses include illegal acts such as punching and kicking the animals, as well as denying food, water, shelter, and veterinary care.

When agribusiness interests made it nearly impossible to document factory farm cruelty, the HSUS stepped in to help promote a future free of factory farm abuse.

Since many chickens cannot support their own weight, they die of dehydration, unable to get to water. Photo credit: advocacy.britannica.com
Since many chickens on factory farms cannot support their own weight, they die of dehydration, unable to get to water. Photo credit: advocacy.britannica.com

Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the HSUS said:

“The bleak conditions endured by animals on factory farms are often made worse by overt violence and neglect. Pigs are often beaten. Chickens are stomped on. Lame cows are left for dead. We want whistleblowers to know that help is just a phone call away.”

The HSUS encourages those who witness animal cruelty at factory farms, livestock auctions, or slaughterhouses to immediately call the whistleblowers hotline. The simple act of a phone call could save the lives of thousands of animals.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal

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