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Nonhuman animals in agriculture

An uncountable number of non-human animals are bred, kept, transported and slaughtered worldwide. The non-human animals develop diseases and behavioral problems during production due to the conditions in which they have to live. Little or no consideration is given to their interests.

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Cattle are social animals that live in stable groups under near-natural conditions and maintain friendships that last for years. In husbandry systems, they cannot live out their natural behaviors and develop diseases. Read more about the life of cattle in food production in this section.



Mutilations are a part of farm animal husbandry. The procedures trim non-human animals to make them fit the husbandry conditions. The procedures are highly problematic. According to the German Animal Welfare Act, many mutilations are allowed, even without anesthesia. Read more here.