“They came for us at night. Beat us. We cried out in the darkness, with no food, no water, and barely air to breathe. Little by little, the cries died out. Only our eyes remained wide open with terror. But even if the smell of death starts to suffocate us, we will never give up hope.”

“Life” for an animal bound to end up on a plate is misery from start to finish. Not only do billions of chickens, cows, turkeys, pigs, and other animals endure pure hell on factory farms, their transport process to the slaughterhouse—where they will end up struggling for their life—is terrifying, grueling, and cruel. It is a process very few ever get to see.

Recently, a PETA staffer got a glimpse into what it’s like for animals who are transported to their death while stopped at a grocery store in Maryland. Hearing the animals’ crying and stomping, she peered inside. This is what, and who, she saw:

Yep, that is urine and feces covering the ground. Can you imagine what happens when this truck is going 70 miles an hour on a freeway?

Cows can’t speak a language that we can understand—but we should understand fear. We should understand the look in their eyes and the struggle that they put up as they are poked and prodded to slaughter. We should understand that they, like us, do not want to die—not for a steak, a burger, or because you want to drink their milk.

Lend your voice to the countless cows who will be mutilated, tortured, confined, and killed—go vegan and urge your friends and family to do the same.