I made a decision this weekend after:
that I will never again eat meat. Not fish. Not pork. Not chicken. Not beef. Nothing that ever breathed will ever go into my body again. I’m just sick of seeing abuses like this, and I should have made the decision a long time ago. Today, we live in the era of factory farms – places where pigs, chickens, cows, and other animals are penned up in conditions so deplorable that they have zero – ZERO – quality of life, places where the lucky animals die shortly after birth or are stillborn. The ones that make it never see the light of day. And because we never get to see them, it’s easy to buy a package of chicken or beef and not know what had to suffer horribly for it – and every, single one of them suffers.
I’m done. If humanity can be judged by how we treat our most vulnerable, then we’ve failed miserably. It’s sickening.
And what pisses me off equally is this statement from Dick Durbin:
“The treatment of animals in this video is appalling, but more than that, it raises significant concerns about the safety of the food being served to our nation’s children,” Durbin said. “The apparent slaughter of sick and weak animals not only appears to violate USDA regulations, but could be a danger to our nation’s food supply.”
I’m sorry, but I think the needless, hideous suffering of a cow walking on broken legs and being rammed with a forklift is what’s most important. I think dipping live chickens and turkeys in scalding water to de-feather them is what’s most important. I think sending a sow to a rendering plant because she doesn’t produce enough offspring while penned in a cage she can’t even move in is what’s most important.
I can’t recommend Scully’s book highly enough. You can read the reviews here. He’s not a person that many Republicans and conservatives would deride as a “bleeding heart liberal”, either – he was a speech writer and senior advisor to Bush and an editor at National Review. He makes an excellent case for showing compassion and mercy that’s so self-evident that you wonder why you had to read the damned book in the first place.
(I updated the last paragraph to clarify the whole “bleeding heart” comment. See 1st and 2nd comment.)