The imprisonment, torture, and slaughtering of animals must end. There is absolutely no reason to eat meat.
“Perhaps in the back of our minds we already understand, without all the science I've discussed, that something terribly wrong is happening. Our sustenance now comes from misery. We know that if someone offers to show us a film on how our meat is produced, it will be a horror film. We perhaps know more than we care to admit, keeping it down in the dark places of our memory-- disavowed. When we eat factory-farmed meat we live, literally, on tortured flesh. Increasingly, that tortured flesh is becoming our own.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals.
Thank you to CCTV For All Slaughterhouses for these photos: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCTV-for-ALL-Slaughterhouses/113902138666401
This photograph was taken at a UK goat farm by Animal Aid. It shows a mother dead in the dirt with a bullet in her head. Her newborn kid huddled beside her body. Some goats – at farms supplying Sainsbury, Tesco and Waitrose – had grotesquely distended udders which left them unable to walk or stand properly, while young kids at a Welsh farm had recently undergone ‘disbudding’, a painful procedure acknowledged by one industry authority to be dangerous and life-threatening. Most male kids are killed at birth. Although this footage was from 2007, most UK goats are still zero grazed and spend their whole life in large sheds. Animal Aid's Kate Fowler said the following...
Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won't be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn't know.
- Helmut Kaplan (jb)
Nose at straw that isn't there to make a nest she'll never have for another litter she'll never raise.
The only reason we need animal rights is to correct human wrongs. (jb)
In normal conditions, a new mother will tidy and make a nest. Here, she can't even turn around. ~ (db)
A gestation crate, also known as a sow stall, is a 7 ft by 2 ft metal enclosure used in intensive pig farming. Between 60 and 70 percent of sows are confined in these crates during pregnancy in the United States, each pregnancy lasting four months, with an average of 2.5 litters every year. Sows, which can weigh 600 lbs, spend most of their three or four years of adult life in crates, giving birth to between five and eight litters. As the sows grow larger, they no longer fit in the crates, and must sleep on their chests, unable to turn, until they are slaughtered. The crates are usually placed side by side in rows of 20 sows per row and 100 rows per shed, the floors of the crates slatted to allow excrement to fall into a pit below. ~ (db)
Cutting out meat and dairy does make a difference. For every year you are vegetarian you prevent about 95 animals being raised or caught for food, (this number includes fish). If you're vegan you save even more animals because you don't need dairy cows or egg laying hens. It's estimated that there are about 4 million vegetarians in the UK, and 600,000 to a million vegans.
If you do the maths on those figures it works out at roughly 475 million animals a year that are not being bred, caught and killed for food. (jb)
Ah yes - the satanic priests overseeing the sacrifices that will be fed to the unwitting masses in order to indoctrinate into a satanic-infested reality.
Numerous research studies conducted over the last 25 years have pointed to physical and psychological maladies experienced by sows in confinement. The unnatural flooring and lack of exercise causes obesity and crippling leg disorders, while the deprived environment produces neurotic coping behaviors such as repetitive bar biting and sham chewing (chewing nothing). ~ (db)
Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals.
“Humans — who enslave, castrate, experiment on, and fillet other animals — have had an understandable penchant for pretending animals do not feel pain. A sharp distinction between humans and 'animals' is essential if we are to bend them to our will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them — without any disquieting tinges of guilt or regret. It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.” ― Carl Sagan
Photo - Mercy for Animals.
“One time I took my knife – it’s sharp enough – and I sliced off the end of a hog’s nose, just like a piece of bologna. The hog went crazy for a few seconds. Then it just sat there looking kind of stupid. So I took a handful of salt brine and ground it into his nose. Now that hog really went nuts, pushing its nose all over the place. I still had a bunch of salt in my hand – I was wearing a rubber glove – and I stuck the salt right up the hog’s ass. The poor hog didn’t know whether to shit or go blind.” ~ Slaughterhouse Worker. (Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz). (m)
Those who, by their purchases, require animals to be killed have no right to be shielded from the slaughterhouse or any other aspect of the production of the meat they buy. If it is distasteful for humans to think about, what can it be like for the animals to experience it? ~ Peter Singer (m)
I'd estimate that about 10 to 12 hogs an hour go into the scalding tank conscious. These hogs get up to the scalding tank, hit the water, and just start screaming and kicking. Sometimes they thrash so much they kick water out of the tank. ~ Slaughterhouse worker. From the book Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz (m)
"The most disgusting four letter word in the English language is 'cage'."
(1950 - ) Australian writer - Founder of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust
The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain. ~ Thomas Chalmers. (m)
Many animals are injured on the way to the slaughterhouse, some even die from cardiac arrest. They are very scared.
A barrage of antibiotics, hormones and other pharmaceuticals in the animals' feed will keep most of them alive until slaughter despite the conditions. These drugs are most needed to combat the respiratory problems that are ubiquitous on hog factory farms. The humid conditions of confinement, dense quantities of animals with stress-weakened immune systems, and the toxic gases from the accumulating shit and piss make these problems practically inescapable. Fully 30-70 percent of the pigs will have some sort of respiratory infection by the time of slaughter.
In a world of factory farming, expectations are turned upside down. Veterinarians don't work toward optimal health, but optimal profitability. Drugs are not for curing diseases, but substitutes for destroyed immune systems. Farmers do not aim to produce healthy animals. (From the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer) (jb)
Thousands of people who say they ‘love' animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs. ~ Jane Goodall (m)
I became a vegan the day I watched a video of a calf being born on a factory farm. The baby was dragged away from his mother before he hit the ground. The helpless calf strained its head backwards to find his mother. The mother bolted after her son and exploded into a rage when the rancher slammed the gate on her. She wailed the saddest noise I’d ever heard an animal make, and then thrashed and dug into the ground, burying her face in the muddy placenta. I had no idea what was happening respecting brain chemistry, animal instinct, or whatever. I just knew that this was deeply wrong. I just knew that such suffering could never be worth the taste of milk and veal. I empathized with the cow and the calf and, in so doing, my life changed" ~ James McWilliams (m)
Because she is re-impregnated while still lactating from the previous pregnancy, a dairy cow spends seven months of every year simultaneously pregnant and producing large quantities of milk. Her average milk yield will be between 30-50 litres a day, 10 times more than a calf would drink, so her udder is forced to work unnaturally hard. In addition, a calf would normally feed five to six times a day so that the maximum amount of milk in her udder at any one time would be around two litres, but on modern dairy farms a cow is milked only twice a day, allowing milk to accumulate in the udder and forcing her to carry around 20 litres of milk or more. This greatly enlarged udder leads to lameness in her hind legs and predisposes her to mastitis (a painful infection of the udder which affects around a third of all UK dairy cows). The dairy cow’s physical problems are compounded by being kept indoors for six months of the year. The majority of dairy herds in the UK graze from April to October and spend the rest of the year housed indoors in cubicle units. There are even some dairy farms in Britain that have adopted the USA’s zero-grazing system where cows spend their entire lives indoors. Many cows simply do not fit in the cubicles and their hind legs protrude into the slurry passage behind them, while some find the cubicles so uncomfortable that they choose to lay in the slurry covered aisles instead. The social hierarchy within the herd can also contribute to problems in indoor housing units as lower ranking cows often choose not to lie in cubicles next to dominant cows and instead lie in the aisles or slurry passage. This link gives details of all sides of dairy farming, from hunger to embryo transfer and disease. http://milkmyths.org.uk/sites/default/files/dairy_report.pdf (photo vegan peace)(jb)
To close your eyes will not ease another's pain. ~ Chinese Proverb (m)
Veganism is not restrictive. A poor hen shoved into a 12" x 12" cage with 5 other hens is "restrictive" (and torture). A baby cow being tied by the neck to a "veal" crate for 6 weeks or more and unable to hardly move is "restrictive" (and torture). A female pig in a gestation crate that is barely bigger than her body is "restrictive" (and torture).
Veganism is liberation for them and oneself .
Danny VeganBatman Nichols. (v)
There are around ten million cattle in the UK. Cows naturally live for around
25 years, but those destined to become beef are slaughtered between one and two years old. Veal calves live only a few months. Dairy cows stop producing as much milk as the market demands when they are around five years old, and as a result they are killed. At the slaughterhouse, cows, bulls and calves are all stunned by a bolt to the brain then bled to death by having their throats slit. (db)
Cruel. Inhumane. A hideous atrocity. And people are eating this.
No wonder our species is so messed up.
What you eat should never
Require forced bereavement
Require an assassin (unwanted males murdered at birth)
Require mutilation (beaks/teeth clipped, testicles ripped out. debud etc)
Require torture (confinement, no natural behaviour allowed)
Require you to take a life of a sentient being against their will. (v)
"Free-Range" often conjures idyllic images of hens scratching about the farmyard. In reality, flocks of up to 16,000 birds, often debeaked, are housed in large, overcrowded sheds. Many hens don't ever venture outside and at the end of their year-long ordeal, they're slaughtered. (db)
This is often how organic and free-range egg-layers live - not the bucolic farm you might imagine. And keep in mind that all the male chicks are destroyed at the hatcheries that supply these places. The boys don't lay eggs and aren't profitable to raise for "meat type" birds. Please share - people have such illusions of what free-range looks like. (m)
Six million people died in concentration camps, but 6 billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughterhouses ~ The Washington Post (m)
Free Range: If so many shops and so many products contain 'free range eggs' ask yourself this, why dont we see hens in fields, why aren't we seeing acre upon acre of free range hens? Where are all these free range hens? It's a myth. Another tactic by the industry. They want you to feel better about your 'ethical' purchase. They want you to believe all is well. They want their profits. They don't care about you wanting to buy ethical products, or being conned, they dont care about hens, what they do care about is money. (m)
“May our daily choices be a reflection of our deepest values, and may we use our voices to speak for those who need us most, those who have no voice, those who have no choice.” ― Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
When most people think of a farm, images of the family farm pop up. Cows munching on grass in a field, chickens running all over happily pecking the ground, pigs eating from a trough. Happy animals, living a good life, respected by the farmers as living creatures and a livelihood. Unless you conciously seek out food from such farms, your food does not come from a place anything like this. If the above image is farm heaven, your food comes from farm hell. ~ (db)
In her renowned book Slaughterhouse, Gail Eisnitz explains: "Other industrialized nations require that chickens be rendered unconscious or killed prior to bleeding and scalding, so they won't have to go through those processes conscious. In the United States, however, poultry plants—exempt from the Humane Slaughter Act and still clinging to the industry myth that a dead animal won't bleed properly—keep the stunning current down to about one-tenth that needed to render a chicken unconscious." This means that chickens are still completely conscious when their throats are cut. (db)
Imagine a world in which farm animals have been so genetically modified for rapid muscling that billions suffer in chronic pain from skeletal disorders that impair their ability to even walk. A world in which chickens with such explosive growth they have to be starved lest they risk cardiac rupture. “Double-muscled” calves born into the beef industry so freakishly huge that they can only be extracted via Caesarian section. A hen laying so many eggs that she risks a prolapse—laying her own uterus. A cow capable of generating ten times more milk than a calf could ever suckle. Imagine a world in which turkeys are so top-heavy they are physically incapable of mating.
Unfortunately, this seemingly sci-fi world is already our reality. All of these abominations exist today. http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2009/10/genetic-engineering.html (jb)
Over 862 Million Broiler Chickens were slaughtered in the UK during 2010. Selectively bred to reach ‘slaughter size’ in just 41 days, today’s chickens are killed when their eyes are still blue and they ‘cheep’ – these are chicks in an obese adult body. By the time they are slaughtered most of them are crippled, their young bones unable to support their distorted body weight. Millions of chickens die from heart and lung problems brought on by their rapid growth. (m)
Almost all turkey slaughterhouses in Canada use electrified stun baths to “stun” the birds. However, it has been conclusively determined these baths do not render the birds unconscious, but rather simply immobilize them preventing excessive struggling. The use of electricity as a method of euthanasia at animal shelters has been made illegal in Canada, so again we must ask, why is it allowed for use on turkeys? The birds that manage to avoid the stun bath by raising their heads will not be paralyzed, and when sent through the spinning neck blades may miss them – some partially, some fully. These birds do not bleed out sufficiently before being thrown into the scald bath where they are scalded alive. Canadian Food Inspection Agency records indicate that over 250,000 birds die in this unfathomably cruel manner each year. The live-scalding of turkeys is not only a massive welfare concern but has become a major food safety issue as well. A study in 2000 to determine the cause of the extraordinarily high rate of Salmonella bacteria commonly found on poultry carcasses found that 75% of scald tank water samples tested were salmonella positive. The salmonella was found to have been introduced through the excreta of still-live birds thrown into the scald tank. (v)
Turkeys have been so genetically selected for high growth rate they are now only 3-4 months old when slaughtered. But because their bone structure has not been able to adapt to their massive bodies, painful and crippling leg disorders are common in the birds. On the day of slaughter, the turkeys are brutally loaded. The birds are grabbed by their legs and carried, two per hand then thrown into the crates. Many birds are injured in the process with fractures to the legs and pelvis, hip dislocation, tendon or ligament trauma, hemorrhaging, detached femurs, ruptured livers, crushed heads and dislocated necks. Given that these birds are already suffering some form of limb pain, their suffering is enormous.
At the slaughterhouse these crippled, injured and traumatized birds will be roughly live-hung, upside down by their feet. Many of the birds attempt to right themselves, but those that struggle are at greatest risk of further injuries, such as femur dislocation, which in a third of cases will be forced into the abdominal cavity. The live-suspension of poultry has been conclusively determined to be intensely painful but for birds as large as turkeys, some of which may weigh up to 60 lbs, the pain is severe. These birds may weigh 10-15 lbs more than lambs, yet it is illegal in Canada to live-suspend a conscious lamb. Why is it legal to do the same to a turkey, which is an even larger animal? Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals. (v)
Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when? ~ Jonathan Safran Foer (m)
A white sheep with a blue brand on her side and black feet is let in. The door closes. She runs around the kill floor. The foreman comes over to tell me they don't want any of their faces in my pictures. The sheep waits, her hooves and legs are covered with the blood of other animals. The door opens again, and two more sheep are pushed in. The outside worker doesn't realize the killing has temporarily stopped. The sheep start to bleat, soft, terrible, piteous cries. Streaming water from the hoses runs the old blood down the drain. And the killing starts again; Sheep bleat even after their throats are cut. They writhe. Every part of my being says to stop it, save them, which is impossible.
- Sue Cook (witnessing slaughter for her book Dead Meat)
To produce foie gras birds have a metal pipe forced down their throats. An enormous amount of a corn-and-oil mixture is pumped by a machine directly into their gullets in just a few seconds – up to one-third of the birds' own body weight each day. Ducks and geese suffer tremendously during and after the force-feeding process. Within just two weeks, their livers have become diseased and have swollen up to ten times their normal size—a condition known as hepatic lipidosis. The birds can scarcely stand, walk, or even breathe, and have been observed panting and struggling to stand, using their wings to push themselves forward when their crippled legs can no longer support them. http://liberationbc.org/issues/foie_gras
Angora rabbits are farmed on a highly intensive ‘factory farm’ system.
They are bred in hutches with grid floors to keep them clean and not damage their coats. They live in excruciating pain, often with ulcerated feet, because their delicate foot pads don’t agree with the wire floors.
Angoras are shorn every three months or on the French type it is sometimes pulled. This pulling method offers the advantage that new hair grows after each pulling. This method can also cause the rabbit to suffer from shock.
Angoras object strongly to being strapped down and clipped. Because they struggle, most end up getting cut by the clippers.
When we think about animal abuse and environmental destruction on factory farms, we think about cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys, but we often don’t think about fish. However, fish are abused just as awfully as land animals and fishing is destroying our planet just as quickly as factory farms are. Aquacultures are essentially underwater factory farms. The fish are over-crowded into tanks fully of filthy water (pools full of of fish feces, hormone and antibiotic-laden fish feed, and diseased fish carcasses) and fed a diet that consists of corn, soy, antibiotics, and hormones. Because of the extremely cramped conditions, cannibalism is common. In the filthy tank water, sea lice thrive. These lice attack and feed on the fish, creating painful open wounds and sometimes even eating down to the bone on a fish’s face. This is so common that it has a name: “the death crown.” Salmon farms generates sea lice in numbers 30,000 times higher than naturally occur. http://www.powered-by-produce.com/2011/08/02/s-o-s-save-our-seas/ (jb)
WE ARE THE LIVING GRAVE OF MURDERED BEASTS
by George Bernard Shaw
We are the living graves of murdered beasts
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites
We never pause to wonder at our feasts
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights
We pray on Sundays that we may have light
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread
We're sick of war We do not want to fight
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread
And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead
Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so. If thus we treat
Defenseless animals for sport or gain
How can we hope in this world to attain
the PEACE we say we are so anxious for
We pray for it o'er hecatombs of slain
To God, while outraging the moral law
Thus cruelty begets its offspring: war.