Wayne Pacelle, who works at The Humane Society, spoke in January 2012 at a TEDx Talk in Manhattan about the relationship between humans and animals. The relationship between humans and domesticated animals is one of love and affection. Two-thirds of United States households have pets in their family. "There are more pets than people in American households," Wayne Pacelle stunningly states. All fifty states have anti-cruelty laws against domesticated animals. Cock-fighting and dog-fighting are felonies in every state. But despite this, farm animals are continually treated with cruelty and dismissal. Farm animals are not protected by these anti-cruelty statutes despite there being 10 billion farm animals across the country.
Pacelle discusses the appalling conditions animals are contained in, conditions that keep them from extending their limbs or even turning around. For example, pigs in gestation crates are only able to take one step forward or one step back and can't turn around. They are only taken out of their crates to give birth and are with their piglets only a short while before being impregnated once more and getting shoved back into a gestation crate. Animals in these factory farms, are no longer being treated as sentient living beings.
Watch the following video for more information about factory farms and the abuse farm animals experience.