The follow harrowing image is from CompassionateCook.com, the website of vegan author and incredible speaker Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Animals raised for food, whether on small, local farms, or giant industrial CAFOs, are looked at as products. They might be given a semblance of a decent life for awhile, but as the end result is slaughter – be it for meat, eggs, or milk – their lifespan is necessarily cut short.
Allowing an animal to live out its natural life, using up water, land, and feed is not a model that any savvy farmer would follow. It’s therefore quite logical that these animals are killed long before their natural lifespan. As one can see below, this is often exceedingly short: in chickens they won’t even live past two months. It’s hard to even imagine such a short, shallow life.