Rapid increases in demand and the destruction of grazing lands, is leading to goats being increasingly bred in confined closed environments on factory farms. Overcrowded, toxic and filthy living conditions - the industry standard for factory farms - are now being applied to these long-range free roaming animals.
At a young age, baby goats are taken from their mothers and kept in separate enclosures. They are also subjected to painful body mutilations such as disbudding and castrations, without the use of painkillers of veterinary care.
A lack of movement or exercise, unnatural flooring in sheds and a toxic environment of ammonia fumes lead to a number of chronic diseases in goats.
Did you know?
Goats are inquisitive, intelligent and social animals used to roaming the countryside in close-knit family structures. They are friendly animals, known to form individual friendships and get despondent if their friend is taken away. Female goats are patient and nurturing mothers.