The Dirty Secrets Of Animal Agribusiness Quiz

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This is a "The Dirty Secrets Of Animal Agribusiness Quiz. " Industries raising animals for food have a lot to hide, including a long list of abuses to humans and animals, all in the name of producing more milk, eggs, and meat. We have compiled information about 5 of the most egregious of these secrets that animal agribusiness would prefer to keep under wraps. This quiz will test your knowledge about the dirty secrets of Animal Agribusiness with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What type(s) of violations has Austin "Jack" DeCoster (of the recent egg-salmonella outbreak) either been found guilty of or settled in court?  **Note - AFTER you have submitted your choice & the correct answer is revealed, please click on the +View Answer link for further explanation and background information.
    • A. 

      Immigrant labor laws & labor conditions

    • B. 

      Animal cruelty

    • C. 

      Sexual harassment and rape by supervisors in his plants

    • D. 

      Environmental laws

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    In a landmark animal cruelty case in 2010, DeCoster pleaded guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty over his company's treatment of chickens and paid approximately $130,000 in fines and penalties. The case was the result of a Mercy For Animals investigation that revealed which of the following activities?
    • A. 

      Employees whipping birds by their necks in an attempt to kill them

    • B. 

      Live birds being thrown into the trash

    • C. 

      Hens living in cages so small that they could not lift their wings without getting snagged on the wire mesh

    • D. 

      Chickens with injuries and illnesses left untreated

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 3. 
    DeCoster's feed mill, the suspected source of the salmonella in the recent massive outbreak, had not been inspected for years.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 4. 
    During the time that Buckeye Egg Farms was in operation, it was the largest egg producer in Ohio and earned a national reputation for environmental irresponsibility. From the early 1980s to 2002, litigation was nearly non-stop and included NINE charges of contempt of court for failure to honor the terms of lawsuits filed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Anton Pohlmann, the former owner of Buckeye Egg Farms (now Ohio Fresh Eggs), also operated an egg production business in Germany. Due to his business' treatment of chickens, Pohlmann was sanctioned in Germany in what manner?
    • A. 

      Fined

    • B. 

      Subjected to more frequent inspections

    • C. 

      Banned from ever owning or participating in animal-related business

    • D. 

      He was not sanctioned in any way

  • 5. 
    George Kasbergen's Spring Grove Dairy in Wisconsin was cited for 10 water pollution violations, including failure to report large manure spills.  Kasbergen went on to build what?**Note - AFTER you have submitted your choice & the correct answer is revealed, please click on the +View Answer link for further explanation and background information.
    • A. 

      Two smaller dairies in Wisconsin

    • B. 

      The largest dairy in Illinois

    • C. 

      He built nothing else and went out of business.

    • D. 

      A small dairy in Ohio

  • 6. 
    George Kasbergen's Stone Ridge Dairy is currently (Sept. 2010) under investigation for what? 
    • A. 

      Animal cruelty

    • B. 

      Labor violations

    • C. 

      A 10-mile fish kill destroying 40,000 fish and aquatic life

    • D. 

      Tax violations

  • 7. 
    DeCoster (of the recent salmonella outbreak) is the largest investor for Ohio Fresh Eggs (previously Pohlmann's Buckeye Egg Farms) and has operating input with the management there.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 8. 
    The chief executive officer of Ohio Fresh Eggs, John Glessner, is also listed as the owner of Hillandale Farms (one of the company's responsible for the recent egg recall).  What did Glessner serve prison time for?**Note - AFTER you have submitted your choice & the correct answer is revealed, please click on the +View Answer link for further explanation and background information.
    • A. 

      Tax violations

    • B. 

      Animal cruelty

    • C. 

      Harassment

    • D. 

      Operating a firm that supplied DeCoster with undocumented workers

  • 9. 
    The Gulf of Mexico has the 2nd largest dead zone in the world.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is now comparable in size to what U.S. state(s)?
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Arkansas and Missouri together

    • C. 

      Somewhere between the size of New Jersey & Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Not quite as large as Rhode Island

  • 11. 
    A dead zone, also known as a hypoxic area of water, lacks a sufficient level of oxygen to sustain life. In these hypoxic zones, fish and other sea life suffocate and die. While many might think they could simply flee the area, they are quickly rendered unconscious. Slow-moving, bottom-dwelling creatures are particularly unable to escape. The primary causes of dead zones are fertilizer, livestock farming, and the burning of fossil fuels. There are approximately how many dead zones worldwide?
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      200

    • C. 

      300

    • D. 

      Over 400

  • 12. 
    The primary cause of the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is agricultural runoff, including waste, fertilizer, and other chemicals, that travel to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River.  Nitrogen and phosphorus are two of the biggest culprits in creating hypoxic water.  A study done at the University of Pittsburgh rated foods based on their carbon and dead-zone footprints.  Which 2 foods had the highest dead-zone footprints?
    • A. 

      Poultry and cereal grains

    • B. 

      Beef & dairy products

    • C. 

      Poultry & beef

    • D. 

      Cereal grains & dairy

  • 13. 
    The dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay on the U.S. East Coast typically covers approximately what percentage of the bay?
    • A. 

      2-7%

    • B. 

      15-20%

    • C. 

      30-35%

    • D. 

      Over 50%

  • 14. 
    Scientists report that the number of dead zones worldwide is increasing at this alarming rate:
    • A. 

      Doubling every 25 years

    • B. 

      Doubling every 5 years

    • C. 

      Doubling every 40 years

    • D. 

      Doubling every 10 years

  • 15. 
    Since a chicken's preferred natural diet of insects, worms, and greens will not produce the rapid and extensive growth in chickens raised for food, which of the following are part of the "high-protein" feed they consume on factory farms?
    • A. 

      Poultry litter, swine waste, and cattle manure

    • B. 

      Rendered roadkill and euthanized dogs and cats

    • C. 

      Rendered cattle parts and horses

    • D. 

      A and B only

    • E. 

      All of the above

    • F. 

      Option 5

  • 16. 
    As a result of using feed containing animal waste and rendered animals, what other contaminants are chickens and turkeys consuming?
    • A. 

      Antibiotics and hormones

    • B. 

      Veterinary medications and euthanasia drugs

    • C. 

      Hair, feathers, and hooves

    • D. 

      Blood, skin, and intestines

    • E. 

      B and C only

    • F. 

      All of the above

    • G. 

      All of the above

    • H. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    Chickens, turkeys, and other animals on factory farms factories are often fed pellets made of plastics.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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