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What percentage of farm animals are mistreated in some way?

Chickens Egg-laying hens An estimated 95% of all eggs in the United States are produced in conventional cage systems, sometimes called battery cages. [They] typically provide each laying hen an ...
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Can birds suffer?

Yes. This article from 2005 summarises the scientific knowledge on birds feeling pain. It's worth taking a moment to define pain, as there is often confusion about this. The definition of pain from ...
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Does the production of down typically involve killing or hurting birds?

Down is almost always collected from a live bird or from a bird killed for meat. There are 3 main ways: Live plucking, which you seem to already know about. The feathers are plucked from the live ...
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Why is keeping backyard hens inconsistent with veganism?

One of the philosophies vegans use is that it's wrong to use animals. This relates to other ethical philosophies that advocate treating people as ends in themselves and not as means to our own ends. ...
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How much money do I need to donate to charity to justify not being vegan?

It would certainly be an amount greater than you spend on animal products, and even then, that money donated to whatever charity you choose doesn't cancel out the effect of your vote for the things ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

In the most ethical dairy farm I could imagine while still having real cows and real farmers, but maybe not real economics, the dairy cows are harmed by having to give milk much longer than their ...
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How many animals are required by the average North American omnivorous diet?

Getting the exact figures requires a lot of effort, so I am going to concentrate in getting the order of magnitude. Also, another factor that makes the effort grow considerably is the various types of ...
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Do bivalves such as oysters feel pain or fear?

It's highly unlikely, due to them not having any brain or central nervous system. All they have is a small nerve network and two ganglia near their esophagus. The whole nervous system is basically ...
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Does a live animal tracking system for vegetarian products exist?

There are no live animal tracking systems like what you describe. I tried looking for live video streams from farms and I was able to find one video feed from a farm sanctuary in NY but of course ...
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Has any government banned animal slaughter for human consumption? Was it effective for increasing animal rights?

I am pretty sure there has never been governmental (or feudal/whatever) ban on animal slaughter and/or consumption, so I do not see your original question being answered. There can, however, be some ...
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How can animal cruelty be considered legal based on "cultural heritage" argument?

The question has a strong normative undertone. I believe the community agrees that foie gras production is cruel and should be outlawed, so I will not comment on the normative aspect of the question, ...
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Are black truffles vegan?

There's really not any information on the subject. This is on of the only article in English I've found which seems to contain factual information. And there is this testimony of someone who went on a ...
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Why is keeping backyard hens inconsistent with veganism?

@Zanna makes some good points and considers that: "It may be the case that the kept hens have been rescued and would not be safe in the wild, and in such a scenario there might seem to be no ...
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What's the difference between legislation protecting pets and lab animals (etc) and farm animals in the U.S.?

So far as I know there is no federal legislation protecting farm animals on the farm (in the U.S.A.), with some legislation (but perhaps insufficient enforcement) protecting them at the slaughter ...
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Is there a way to determine what kinds of fish tend to feel the smallest amount of pain?

Death, especially the way they are all handled, requires pain and suffering. An individual's death experience is not something you can replicate. Their pain, suffering, and death is just as traumatic ...
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Does the production of down typically involve killing or hurting birds?

Eiderdown is collected from the eider nests. Eiders are a duck that live on northern European and American coasts. They line their nests with the soft feathers from the duck's breast. The original ...
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How big would the populations of farm animals be if not artificially raised by humans?

I would say that, if we stopped keeping farm animals, the numbers of those animals would be reduced to effectively zero. This doesn't include farmed animals kept as pets (rabbits or guinea pigs) or ...
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Which animal species is the most negatively affected by indirect human activities?

I think the most affected species are/were those that are either (completely) extinct or on. brink of extinction. A list of these species is found on this Wikipedia page (unfortunately the page is not ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

If you only look at the body count: to have milk, there must be a calf. That animal won't get the food it needs (since we are taking the milk) and is slaughtered if it's a male (a female baby cow will ...
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How much money do I need to donate to charity to justify not being vegan?

The animal welfare portion of this question already has a complex answer, before even beginning to consider the complexities of climate change and carbon offsets. Therefore in my answer I will focus ...
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What happens when an animal gets spooked on the way to slaughter and refuses to continue?

Just a review, from here: Federal law in the United States requires that animals should be stunned before they are slaughtered. The following types of stunning are used: captive bolt stunning and ...
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Eating 100 small fish or 1 big fish

Surely from a vegetarian's point of view, it is the one big fish. You are killing one being rather than one-hundred. However, if the species of large fish is endangered, then the question is 'Is ...
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How are cows harmed in dairy farming?

Humans are the only creatures who drink milk even after the very first years of their life, and they don’t use their own milk to drink; in the dairy industry they force cows to become pregnant all the ...
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Benefits for the used animals when producing according to the EU Eco regulation?

Short answer Yes, Alice reduces animal suffering by buying animal products bearing this logo Long answer Wikipedia mentions briefly animal welfare as a topic covered by regulation: This agreement ...
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Are there any dairy farms that don't kill cows or calves?

Ahimsa Milk in the UK operated between 2014 and 2017 and during that time they collected and sold cow's milk according to their Ahimsa Manifesto. However they seem to have suspended their operations ...
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Which animal species is the most negatively affected by indirect human activities?

The most affected species are fish and other sea creatures. Because, per year, according to Wikipedia, 8.8 million metric tons of waste, including e-waste, are thrown into the sea. Radiation from the ...
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Do laws about organic foods include directives about animal welfare?

For products bearing the European Union organic label under regulation 834/2007, the answer is yes. Whether or not the regulation is strict enough may be evaluated differently, but clearly it is a ...
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Do laws about organic foods include directives about animal welfare?

The main goal of organic labels is to prevent the usage of GMO or chemicals. I would add that it could depend on the country where you buy the food. In short, there are standards but they are very ...
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Jobs for a 15 year old vegan?

My biggest advice to you is one that you might not immediately like, but please, give it a thought: Don't look for a job yet. Go on with your education. Go to university. Learn about agriculture, or ...
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