The cat and dog farms that once fed a booming cat and pig industry have all been quietly shuttered and moved to other animal facilities in the country.
The animals were often sold in the US, but the farms were never humanely killed and have since been re-opened in Europe and Asia.
A handful of animals remain, but they’ve been turned over to animal rights groups.
The New York Times reports that in 2015, the U.S. government paid a $150 million settlement to the Humane Society of the United States to help prevent the slaughter of some of the animals, and the UK-based charity Mercy For Animals said it has also found “some disturbing cases” of cruelty in the U, Europe, Australia and Canada.
A few years ago, the Humane Association of the U.”died after years of campaigning against the practice of selling animals for slaughter.
The group said at the time that “a new wave of anti-animal cruelty is coming to the United Kingdom.”
Animals are sold for a few cents each, and they’re usually sold to pet stores or shelters that are struggling to keep their animals from being abused.
While it is possible to buy animals in the United State, the industry is mostly operated in Europe, and most animal farms in the UK have closed since 2015.
It’s not clear how many animals have been sold in Europe.