More than 34 million cattle are slaughtered each year in the United States. Throughout their lives, these gentle animals are subjected to conditions and procedures that are designed to manipulate their nature. They live in crowded, filthy feedlots as they are forced to eat an unnatural diet laden with growth hormones and antibiotics. Mutilations are commonplace, causing both acute and chronic pain. Unnatural confinement leaves them vulnerable to wildlife attacks and extreme weather. Having empathy for these animals is not enough-we must understand that these practices and conditions will continue to exist as long as there is a demand for their flesh. By going vegan, you can help put an end these cruel practices.