According to a Guardian investigation of publicly available data, approximately 20 million chickens, 330,000 pigs and 166,000 cows are dead on arrival, or soon after, at slaughterhouses in the US every year, and 800,000 pigs are unable to walk.
"Gwendolen Reyes-Illg, a veterinarian who works with Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), a US non-profit, said research indicates the main causes of death in cattle were 'heatstroke, trauma and respiratory disease … [and in] pigs, the main reason is hyperthermia (overheating), especially during summer'. Additional risks included injuries from slipping in urine and manure, exhaustion, hunger and thirst, said [Animal Outlook's Piper] Hoffman."
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