Meat is not only Murder, Meat is Torture

Do you like meat ? If you do, you are ingesting into your body the tortured corpses of sentient beings.  Pigs are some of the most intelligent and affectionate animals on the planet – left to their own devices of course. They are smarter than dogs in IQ and people do keep them as pets and realize how smart and affectionate and what big personalities they have. They are more like the animal described in Charlotte’s Web in real life than many people would care to realize. But people also torture, murder and eat pigs. And we wonder why so many meat eaters are so unhealthy – look at the bad karma you consume in every bite.

To read more about what pigs real personalities are like outside of factory murder farms you can check out this article http://www.goveg.com/f-hiddenlivespigs.asp and this one http://www.goveg.com/f-hiddenlivespigs_experts.asp .

Personally I think that people who become this cruel do so to try to forget or not realize that every day when they work at these places they are responsible for killing creatures that given half a chance they would become just as fond of as their own dogs or cats, if not more. Other people who choose to work in slaughter houses are just plain sick fucks and frankly I’d be happy if they had a steel rod shoved up THEIR asses before they were put out of their misery. Continue reading

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Bitter about dogs and bitter to the olympic core

Remind me again why this nation of cruel ruling cretins is getting to host the olympic games ? I wrote this as a draft May 21 … and left it sit to make sure I felt the same way, and now in August I do, so I am publishing it. It is an odd mix of writing because it talks about the global cruelty to dogs on one hand and the utterly personal issues about one dog I knew on the other … oh well.

China of course right after the quake did what any ‘normal’ country would do. The ordered the slaughter of all dogs in the region of the quake. Yep. They slaughter dogs at the drop of a hat in China — 2007 saw them ordering dog owners to kill their dogs even if they could prove they’d been vaccinated against rabies, due to 1 case of rabies in a particular region and in 2005 50,000 dogs were beaten to death after a rabies outbreak in another region all by government order. They torture them to death for food as well. Now after the earthquake – time to kill more dogs, of course – because what is more logical, right?  Why not cull all the screaming children and mothers who lost their kids as well – they are also a bit inconvenient now. Or maybe only the girls, because they are less valuable. What do I see on the internet first though ? Propaganda about 1 Chinese woman who has taken in something like 200 cats to prevent them from having the same fate of being ‘cleaned up’ before the olympics come to town … which is nice of course that someone like this exists … but this old lady has to live with 200 cats because her government and a majority of people around her are so freaking disgustingly cruel to animals.

Or let’s go on to Korea – where they have cruel dog meat farms (BBC reported on it without judgement – I for one believe there IS a right and wrong and am sick and tired of ball-less people who can’t denounce cruelty for what it is.). Maybe they will have a devastating earthquake soon as well. Meat is murder, flat out. I don’t eat it. But when a nation can both keep as a pet and eat the same creature – that says a lot about their lack of good emotional make up and morality.

Well I for one am acting at home as well. Similar circumstances about someone’s lack of moral make up someone who can keep a pet and then throw it away when it becomes a bit inconvenient. Am I planning to kill local Chinese dog torturers ? No, but I am dropping a friend for her lack of morality and loyalty to another living creature.

She told me today she’s giving up her dog of 2 years (well, he has been bounced around a lot in that time thanks to her wishy-washy-ness), and sending him off to another country where they don’t speak his language to people she’s never met, because it’s ‘for the best for him’ and that is that. She is fine with it, pleased with herself in fact. Self-satisfied and smug. Best for him because … ? Certainly he was not complaining.

She is a good manipulator but not with me. This decision she made has zero to do with the dog, since all he wants is to be with a person who he’s known as his ‘leader’ and loved since he was 8 weeks old (her). It’s for her own selfish reasons she’s doing this and nothing else. She wants to be more free, and sod the fact that she took on a dog who loves her a couple of years ago – that was then, this is now and the fad is over (for her).

She got the dog 2 years ago, in my current opinion out of her own insecurity rather than true desire for a dog for companionship etc. like most normal people would. To fit in with the Chamonix ‘in crowd’ who all had Bernese mountain dogs, I now realize that this is why she fixated on the idea of getting a dog as well. Well this is what I see now in hindsight.

It was the summer that I got to know her, and we ran a lot together. I thought we were becoming close friends. We did some super long runs (8 hours) and trained together on a regular basis, and I certainly talked from my heart about various issues that were personal to me, and assumed she was doing the same, and was being sincere etc.. She talked endlessly about her excitement over getting a dog, and how she’d hike with him and make him a part of her life and even of her future job as a hiking guide etc.. She always walked and ran with me and our dogs together and she liked our dogs and asked about training them and that sort of thing, and also purchased a number of dog training books, dog massage books, alternative dog care books etc.. 

I explained to her how I’d fallen in love with Bernese Mountain Dogs I’d met in Switzerland, but that after researching the breed we’d gotten a mixed Bernese on purpose because purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs have a huge problem with inbreeding and hereditary illnesses that kill most of them before 8 years old. I couldn’t stand the idea of a dog with such a big personality living for such a short time, and I wanted the best possible chance at health for my dogs. So, we searched Swiss websites got Bernese/Appenzeller mixes to try to (we hope) avoid some of these health issues but to keep a lot of the basic looks and personality that I loved about the Bernese. So far we have found our Bernese-Appenzeller mix dogs do not go lame and have not gotten dysplasia the way so many Bernese do and they are very athletic dogs. Only time will tell about the cancer issues. I explained about how I fed them raw and real food diets to avoid health issues found in diets of commercial dog food, which is like a human living on a diet of tinned macaroni or boxed cereal for all their life.

We even agreed to give her and her fiancee three kittens from a litter of kittens that our cat had (accident, she is now spayed). The first bad sign was that she promptly let all the cats wander in and out of the house ‘at will’ from the time they were kittens rather than keeping them inside for the first few months and they lived next to a road. One got hit by a car and died that winter … but I put it down to tragic accident and stayed friends, though I guess I was starting to feel like she was a bit detached as her reaction to it was not terribly sad really. I felt I was more sad about it than she was, as that was my favorite kitten.

Back to the dogs – despite all our friends with Bernese purebreds having screwed up dogs with dysplasia, cancer and personality issues – she wanted a purebred, so fixated on the Appenzeller side since I had mentioned to her this was the healthy breed with the same coloring, short hair but with a much more athletic personality. Despite being warned by me and others that purebred Appenzellers are energetic working breeds that need a lot of attention (maybe not best for first time dog owner with a lot of other interests), she wanted one. She was 100% certain of it. This was the best type of dog for her, clearly. They wanted a female, but ‘couldn’t wait’ 1 year on a list for one, so got a male (more dominant) that Fall.

She went to a Swiss breeder (a very good one from what I understand) who even tried to talk her out of the breed because she was a first time dog owner (working dog breed, needing lots of exercise and lots of training especially as her line tended to be dominant). But my friend knew, if nothing else, what she wanted at that moment in time, and she manipulated the situation brilliantly and managed to convince the breeder this was the perfect dog breed that she’d been looking for. She paid a good sum of money for this dog IMHO – 800CHF. She didn’t have that kind of money to spend btw … neither she nor her fiancee at the time had high paying jobs, so this was a big outlay of cash for them. She took him to exactly 1 puppy training class in Geneva where she was told he had aggressive tendencies with other dogs (he did) and then never went back because she was ‘too busy’ and because she felt the class was insulting and didn’t understand her breed of dog. Thankfully our adult dogs put him in his place enough times that he did learn some manners around other dog, but he is still often aggressive towards dogs when he first meets them. Also he’s incredibly energetic and always trying to see what he can get away with. He’s also very loving and searches for love constantly.

Then that winter she called me crying that she and her fiancee had split up. I assumed from the way she phrased it and her tears, and her lack of talking to me about any problems between them before that he’d dumped her. Strike two. I found out a week later, that she’d dumped him but had not ever mentioned to me she was having issues or second thoughts about it. Her excuse ? Oh, it was not that she didn’t trust me to confide in me about this, she said – she simply did not want to put me in an awkward position since I also knew her fiancee. This is when I realized she was not very sincere as a friend, and I started to emotionally at least keep myself more distant from her and stopped treating her like a ‘good friend’ that I could confide in, as obviously I was not getting the same back.

Then, she spent the next 6 months couch surfing after the split. She couldn’t seem to get it together to find a place, or to even get organized enough to tell any of us what her budget for renting a place would be in fact so we could help her find a place. A number of friends wanted to help but actually felt frustrated by her lack of responsibility about the whole situation or lack of clear answers for what she wanted in a place to live and what she could afford. Who suffered? The dog.

He became unwelcome in several houses since he often challenged and barked at guests when left alone there by her, as now he was probably feeling pretty insecure being under 1 year old and in constant flux and obviously w/o a clear leader as he was often left with various people. She had of course no time to train him and would not think to bring him back to the Geneva class where she was told he was aggressive (she was insulted by that insinuation). Then she said she was going to re-home  him with the breeder.

This is when her ex stepped in and took him over, saying it was wrong to just abandon him like that. He also got him neutered, which helped his aggressiveness a bit, but didn’t completely solve it. Her ex didn’t really want a dog in the first place, but seemed to at least for the Fall and early winter do a lot with him. But then, as winter wore on, he found a girlfriend and suddenly the dog was not convenient for him anymore either, as his girlfriend didn’t really like them. We took him in at that stage, because he seemed stressed out between working 7 days a week in high season, dealing with the dog and finding time to stay up late shagging – and we liked the dog. I worked with him to try to correct some of his aggression and to try to make him feel more like he had a leader etc.. Then – she took him back after we had him for 3 weeks and were considering keeping him – she came over suddenly one day w/o calling and said she was taking him.

I’d been looking after the dog even after that stage whenever she went out of town or simply couldn’t deal with him for the day (which was often) and I would have kept him myself immediately if for the fact that we already have 2 dogs and he’s not an ‘easy’ dog to keep as a third dog in that yes, he requires constant attention because he’s domineering and always challenging everyone for dominance in the household. Walking the three of them is possible now, and I did it daily for two weeks but it required a lot of attention to watch him or how they all acted together esp. at first – because he will be the first to challenge other dogs we meet or even to bark at people on the path and he would also start challenging my dogs and they’d all end up barking and the walk would become very noisy. He was unsettled, especially when her ex abandoned him. But he was improving a lot by the time she came back to take him.

He’s been emotionally damaged – having been shuffled back and forth through several homes in his 2 years while she split from her fiancee and couldn’t be bothered to find a place to live for a year. He started to act out and get incredibly aggressive with other dogs to the point where I’d have to put a muzzle on him for the first 15 minutes or so of meeting a new dog – he’d growl at them and be aggressive even with the muzzle on, but after being with them for awhile, you could take it off and then he’d play OK – he was therefore really fear-aggressive and insecure, having been shuffled around (every day for about 6 months her ex dropped him at someone else’s house to watch him for the day where sometimes he’d spend the night, sometimes not).

At first I was pleased when she had him back – he did love her a lot and he’d gotten much better when she took him back after this winter and he’d calmed down a lot in the last few months and had become really pleasant and walks with the three of them with her were quite nice at times. In fact, I though things were going really well and she said she loved having  him and would love to keep him permanently if only she could find people to help look after him while she went away several times this summer for various reasons.

So I offered to look after him for much of this time. I started to think she was going to keep him permamently too – she’d found all the things she’d claimed previously had prevented her from permanently keeping him – she found another place to live (with a garden), found more people than only me willing to look after him when she was away etc. all in the past few weeks before her next change of mind.

But then she called May 20th and no, now she announced w/o prior warning that he was leaving on that Friday for another country and did I want to see him again before he goes? I felt a ball in my throat when she said this. We were supposed to look after him for 5 days in May, and then for all July and suddenly I hear I will never see him again, ever and he will not know why at all. CUNT. That is all I can say – FUCKING CUNT.  I asked her why she lied to me about wanting to keep him, and basically hung up on her. My husband called back and explained we’d like to keep him ourselves rather than having him go to strangers – but she refused and would rather ‘stay with what she’d arranged with the breeder’ (not sure if that involved money or simply she didn’t want him around anymore at all to remind her of the guilt). 

I have not spoken to her since, except one time running into her in town where she told me that since giving him away she heard he is ‘doing well’ in his new home in Austria. Well I hope for his sake he is but have no idea if this is just her own wishful thinking again, because she doesn’t really know what his day to day life is like anymore; how could she ?

This all came up the day after the program on the BBC about dog meat farms in Korea was advertised on our cable, which already had me going about dogs. And two days after I read about the earthquake dog cull in China. There are some people there who try to have dogs as pets, but they are constantly being told to kill their pets or having their pets grabbed from them and beaten to death in front of their eyes – therefore beating the humanity out of the humans at the same time, causing more emotional and psychological damage to an already fucked up population. I have read huge numbers of Chinese websites (and seen anti-French protests) where clearly they also believe their own government’s lies about Tibet and call the Dalai Lama a ‘violent’ man. This coming from people who order pets beaten to death at the drop of a hat is well – bullshit. Pure and simple.

I suppose it could be worse for my friend’s dog if he lived in Asia, certainly. But I think she has a parallel type of personality to the Chinese – compartmentalizes her emotions and never forms bonds even when she cares for and loves a creature. 

France is a dog-loving nation for the most part – no place I’ve lived in before is it easier to own a dog than in France if you ask me. Housing easy to find if renting that allows dogs (by comparison to the US), hotels and refuges in the mountains often allow dogs, and you can bring dogs to most restaurants with you in towns all over France). How she can say it was difficult to find a place to live with him is beyond me and is a pallid excuse. And she will never know if his life is better or if these people beat or abuse him instead – she was willing to give up a dog she’s lived with and supposedly loved for 2 years, and give him to total and complete strangers so that she can have a more convenient summer rather than see him go to people she knew would treat him well … because that would likely make her feel more guilty if she still saw him from time to time in town (is my guess).

She has no real excuse for giving him up. She doesn’t have kids and is trying to make it as a single mom (even then I know plenty of single mom’s who have dogs and kids both), she had found a place to live that would accept a dog and was not lacking in friends willing to help her if she has to go out of town, and a job that makes enough money to feed him. She simply finds him ‘inconvenient’ is what it boils down to – and is basically throwing him out – far away so that she will not have to be reminded. But he will be. He will wonder if she is coming back, or not – why she is gone ? Why he is not seeing any of his friends anymore, what did he do wrong ? He will adapt I hope (maybe … he certainly acted out viciously in the past when he was not happy, however) but he will never know why his pack abandoned him and there is no way to tell him that we tried to take him in and wanted him, and that it was not his fault, but hers.

It’s certainly not the first time I’ve been disappointed in her as a human being but now I am making sure that it will be the last, as I do not consider her a friend any longer.

She previously gave him up when she split with her ex and had nowhere to live and thought her ex was looking after him – which I personally would not have done anyhow and that had already caused me to lose respect for her. But I wrongly assumed that she would want him back (emotionally I mean) as soon as she had a place to live again.  

Her ex is also off our friendship list but I don’t blame him as much as the dog was not his idea at all and was thrust upon him by her (this was obvious and known to all from the start). He now admits he did take the dog back in at that time she first wanted to re-home him in effect because he was mad at her for splitting up with him and to spite her because she wanted the dog to start with and claimed she was too busy to look after him. He was trying to ‘show her’ and he said he felt it was morally wrong to give up the dog they’d taken — but then he went back on all that ‘moral’ stuff as soon as he got a new girlfriend (who doesn’t like animals) and the dog became a liability for him as well and he suddenly abandoned the dog at our house, refusing to have anything to do with him because ‘he couldn’t deal with it anymore’, which is the time at which she took the dog back ). He then refused to speak of the dog except as ‘it’ and would not look him in the eye when he came to visit us and we had him – the dog would howl and howl after he’d leave, completely not understanding what he’d done wrong to be abandoned.

So first he was abandoned by her, then him, and now by her again. We’d been the consistent minders for the dog all this time, and I am really upset that he’s gone away to people I’ve never met, and that I’ll never see him again – our dogs were all ‘doggy friends’.

At the time when they split, the dog was less than 1 year old – if then they had re-homed him with the breeder then and there it certainly would not have been as traumatic for the dog as it certainly will be now – he loves her, was bonded to her. She’d taken him running every other day for months before doing this and supposedly ‘loves’ him (what a pile of horse shit – clearly she has no concept of what love is about). So now she claims she is just ‘doing what’s best for him’ — code word – ‘what is easiest for me because I am too selfish to really care about another being’s feelings’. She has equally selfish girl friends (all w/o dogs of course) who encourage this line of thought in her and agree with her. They also don’t have sustained human relationships and are, if possible, even more self-centered than she is about their own lives. So how will the poor dog know the ‘next time’ if someone is or is not sincere in their treatment of him – he may well always be insecure since she was so schizo, acting as if she loved him one second, and abandoning him the next with no warning or seeming real ‘reason’ to her behavior.

There is no way to explain to him that she really won’t be coming back this time that she has left him – that where he is going is where he is staying (maybe?) How will he know and trust ? His life will now always be a ‘maybe’ about whether or not this time that I am left behind, will anyone come back for me? And he won’t know that he will never see his doggie friends or many human friends here anymore . He howled when we looked after him and his ex-master showed up and left w/o so much as looking at him – he howled and howled. If she visited he would jump in her car as if to say ‘take me home now!’ and she would think it was just ‘cute’, rather than me finding it really heart-wrenching and a clear indication that dogs do remember far more than we think or like to conveniently believe for ourselves. Clearly he has deep emotions and she just ignores them so she can be selfish. She says it will be for the best. Only for her will it be best – she doesn’t need or want him as a status symbol anymore as he’s no longer ‘convenient’ and now like yesterday’s garbage, he’s off to Austria and out of sight, out of mind.

Both owners are jerks to do this and it is very revealing of all the other cracks in their personalities that have made them undependable and disloyal friends in general and I have to say this is not the only way she’s been lacking in ‘loyalty’ as I would term it, as a friend. She has this nasty habit of compartmentalizing her friends, of keeping them separated and not even referring to other friends by name when she speaks of them in a conversation. So instead of doing something with ‘John’ it would be ‘one of my friends’ … this starts out as odd sounding at first, and you chalk it up to maybe having just met a person – but then gets really grating when you’ve known someone for a few years and they still pull this shit, let me tell you. When making plans to do something together, the plans were always subject to change, and eventually I got the idea that she plays friends off each other in her own personal little playground, figuring out which option on offer will be best for her to do for that day, and at the last minute, she either is or is not doing something with you, based on what else is on offer from anyone else who is organizing something. So rather than doing something together in part to be doing something with you as a friend, it becomes apparent that all her friendships are designed simply to serve HER — well we are all selfish to a degree — but this particular degree is just too high for me to deal with, as it was not the occaisional change of plan, but a regular occurence and a complete unwillingness on her part to COMMIT to any given thing EVER. Dogs, relationships, friendships – even a fucking rental contract.

Oh and as for the 2 remaining kittens … well she totally abandoned them to his ‘care’ when she left and didn’t give a damned about them thereafter. He kept feeding the 2 now cats, but was mostly at his girlfriend’s place for many months and then decided to move in with her even though he owns the house. So, it was only at my prompting when he was to move out that he gave 1 cat (the one that always seemed to like people and miss him when he was gone) away to a family he knew somewhere in Chamonix (supposedly if I am to believe him), and the other one he says always disappears for weeks at a time only returning every once in awhile, always looking well cared for so he *thinks* someone else has pretty much adopted it, but of course he really has no clue. Fucker. Well he’s moved out now and I live far away from his old house so nothing I can do to try to find the last one, which in any case no longer knows me at all to trust me or come to me. More reason to stop being friends with both of them. I would have rather kept the cats myself rather than have them owned and then ‘lost’ like this …

Humans are self-serving creatures most of the time – selfish to the bitter bitter core. This is why Nazis existed, why the Killing Fields in Cambodia could happen, and is why any ‘ethnic cleansing’ happens. ‘Never again’ say the survivors. I say ‘just wait until next week’.

It’s human nature – humans are far too often being brought up as unevolved shells who are incapable of empathy (ie thinking of others). There are far too many of them on the planet and more and more empty shells, murderous, selfish and cruel arrive daily to continue to use the earth’s resources and breed more of their evil offspring.

This is why I so often have no time for much of humanity. The number of enlightened intelligent and worthwhile humans is a small part of the population and this small part of the population are ignored, laughed at, killed or ostracized when they try to change things for the better.

When any of us try to suggest population control, vegetarianism, to end factory farming, grow organic foods, conserve natural spaces and waterways, to make laws to end global warming at the expense of industry — no — these are all ‘liberal ideology’ – money is king.

Money represents humanity perfectly. Money is our ego and we exchange it. The more money we have the bigger our ego feels – we feed our ego, we gain our money. If something will cause us to lose money (ego) it is ‘bad’. There are so few people with concepts of morality, of kindness, of doing more good than harm as you live your life.

Where the f*ck is Noah and that Flood ? I think it’s high time for another one.

One cool thing happening around here in opposition to the Olympics, is that there is a Tibetan KORA des Jeux Olympiques autour du Mont-Blanc  (a Kora is a Tibetian buddhist religious procession turning around something, in this case Mt Blanc) being held during the whole Olympic games as a protest … the sister of the Dalai Lama is one of the speakers at the event. It follows the Tour du Mont Blanc route, passing through France, Italy and Switzerland with various concerts and debates happening in the towns along the way. Their official blog is here.

Lord of Amer

If I was Goddess of this planet, I know there would not be too many people left because I would certainly first be the angry Goddess and unleash some wicked wrath. Here are my votes for which sinners to wipe out first in the next Flood …

1. Anyone who starts a war in the name of religion, revenge, oil, personal or national gain or encourages the start of a war, manipulates the media and public opinion to get a war started or votes for the start of a war.

2. Anyone who has murdered anyone.

3. Anyone who has raped anyone.

4. Paedophiles

5. Anyone who has tortured or beat people or animals.

6. Anyone who harms others or advocates harming others due to their race, religion, sexual orientation or sex (I think this one takes out about 50% of the planet, if not more)

7. Any executive or voting shareholder of a corporation who puts greed and sickening amounts of profit ahead of the well being and fair pay and treatment of their workers or the health of the planet in their production of goods.

8. The majority of Wall street traders (most of which would fit item 7 given half a chance).

9. Politicians who abuse their power and use it for personal gain.

10. Lawyers and judges who are out for a buck, ambulance chasers, the ones who persist the ‘sue them’ mentality creating a society built on petty greed and no personal responsibility.

11. Anyone who does not accept the simple concept that a political governing democracy does not have to go hand in hand with raging out of control corporations and capitalism, and does not accept that for reasons of public well being, industries need to be regulated and that a ceiling on profits via stepped tax brackets helps control people who would otherwise fall into catagory 7.

12. Anyone who thinks that littering the planet, poisoning the planet, pollution, wasteful or harmful manufacturing practices, animal testing of cosmetics etc. are ‘required’ for ‘free trade’ to ‘succeed’.

13. Anyone who advocates or practices factory farming, destroying the souls of people and animals in this hideous practice.

14. Anyone who will not agree to become vegetarian (yep, I am Goddess and you must respect that one of the first things told to Adam and Eve was that in the garden of Eden Man was given all vegetables and fruit and was told ‘for you these shall be meat’.).

15. And to show just how bitchin’ cool I am – you don’t have to believe in me to be saved. If you are ‘agnostic’ but believe in moral right and wrong, agreeing with these points that’s just fine as well. Whether or not you think your soul will continue on after death is your business – as long as you do no harm in living your life, no harm will come to you.

While the Goddess is at it, I feel like adding on some additional punishment for special cases. Paedophiles and torturers of innocent people and creatures will not only be wiped out in the Flood – they will first be skinned alive by a fierce sandstorm, and then covered in salt for about 90 days before being wiped out in the Flood.

The million or so people who remain after this cleansing Flood (probably lots of Buddhists, Hindus, Humanitarians and Unitarian Universalists) will create a wonderful society of people who are tolerant, helpful to each other and the planet, who care for their fellow creatures without exploiting them to death on factory farms and who are shepherds of the planet rather than rapers of the planet, who believe in values beyond money and personal financial gain. But from time to time if they start to stray too far, I as Goddess would not let it get to the stage we are at now before unleashing another ‘cleanup’.

Edna the dog, baby Benjamin who was left to starve to death for eight days while his parents played video games and so many other innocent tortured, murdered creatures – you will get healed and be reborn, and can join the new improved planet and live out your lives as you should have originally done.

This is what I pray for quite often. 

Udderly Bitter

Scratch lightly on the surface of our ‘civilized’ society and you will find ever more reasons to be vegetarian and vegan. The meat industry and commercial dairy industry are absolutely disgusting but as long as the murdered flesh all comes out in nice styrofoam packages (designed to soak up the blood) and hermetically sealed so you cannot picture the animal dying in agony a few days prior, you will keep buying and eating it. As long as this type of abuse stays hidden from our view and it all seems ‘sanitized’.  People say ‘oh yes it’s really terrible, but I love eating meat and can’t give it up.’ I wish a lot of these people had to kill their own cow (maybe after raising it for 5 years for milk first) so that I’d at least have some respect for their sorry wishy washy fat asses, hardening arteries and cholesterol clogged hearts. 

The recent proof of the torture of animals before they were slaughtered (to try to force downed weakened animals to walk to their deaths so they could still be sold as meat for consumption) was found at a California slaughter house that was dedicated to killing dairy cows – cows that grow up being sociable and used to humans and which many people think of as a ‘nice’ industry to animals. Yes, not only do these cow’s children get taken away from them while still nursing age each spring so you can eat veal, but after about 5 years of being ‘nice pretty dairy cows’ and living in a social herd, they are given thanks in torture and then slaughter when their milk production drops. Don’t think your cheese doesn’t come at as high a price as meat, especially if you eat cheap commercial cheeses from giant factory farms who treat their cows as mere commodities, and not as living beings.

Here is an excerpt from an Australia Herald Sun article (if you did not already hear about it) – my editorial comments are in parentheses prefixed by ‘ed’:

A CALIFORNIA slaughterhouse has been accused of using controversial waterboarding torture on unfit cattle to rouse them long enough to pass inspection.

The Humane Society has released a video showing workers kicking cows, ramming them with forklift blades, applying electric shocks and even using a hose to simulate the feeling of drowning so the animals would revive long enough to pass federal inspection for slaughter.

“The attempt was to make them so distressed and to cause them so much suffering that these animals would get up and walk into the slaughterhouse,” said Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle.

The company was not immediately available for comment. (ed. … no shit! how surprising!)

Mr Pacelle said the plant supplied meat to the Westland Meat Co, the second largest supplier of beef to the USDA Commodity Procurement Program Branch which distributes beef to needy families, the elderly and to the national school lunch program. (ed – ie people who don’t “matter” in our society and who no one complains too loudly or quickly about if a few of them later will get mad cow disease or any other illness one gets from eating sick and already dying animals – what this article doesn’t mention and what a few other articles do mention is that this slaughter house specializes in offing dairy cows).

If people would truly own up to what they want to eat, you’d all be paying about 10 times more for meat and dairy that was produced ‘humanely’ (I still don’t call it humane to murder something in order to eat it, but let’s just for a moment give them a point that treating something with respect until you murder it is better than treating it cruelly all it’s life until you murder it) – but instead consumers demand cheaper and cheaper food – and so factory farming is a booming industry (as they are the only ones with techniques barbaric enough to be able to undercut the prices from raising meat on a ‘real’ farm), and look – we all have to live with the hideous after effects it has on our culture, health and environment. From vegetables with less nutrition, less flavor and more poison due to overfarming, pesticides and chemical fertilizers to blatent torture, sickening living condition and poisoning of animals with antibiotics and other drugs to keep them alive in those horrible conditions long enough to later murder them so they can end up on your plate for lunch. And then of course this all has great effects on the ecosystem and our water supply and our ever growing heaps of waste as we further package and then irradiate this shit so that it won’t go off too fast. Bon appetite!

Oh, and if they shut this one slaughter house down for a few days and fire these employees … so what. First of all that slaughter house has a very high turnover (from reading an interview with the guy who took the videos people hardly stay a week or more on the job) – so firing someone for doing this is irrelvant in many ways as it does not get to the root of the problem at the very TOP of that company – clearly this was a systemic practice done as part of the normal business or these short term employees would never have thought to do these actions randomly.  Meat cannot be cheap unless this type of activity goes on. Large agribusiness firms will just export this type of torture over the border to Mexican slaughter houses (as they do now with US horse slaughter) if we crack down in the US, and the animals will have to endure an even longer truckride to their own personal Dachaus.

How about people start to pony up and pay what meat really costs first of all (the way they had to start to do with cigarettes by paying for the rising costs of health care due to smoking related illnesses), and we put some regulation on ‘low balling’ meat prices which encourage this type of barbarism to start with? How about we put in place regulations that every meat producer is required to be ORGANIC to start with, and nationally encourage vegan or vegetarianism? I suppose that is too ‘radical’ for any politician to propose, but frankly it’s the only moral and ecologically correct solution. Maybe federal programs should be required to pay HIGHER rather than lower prices for their meat (yeah, this slaughter house kills Bessie for the feds) or maybe meat should be off the menu for the ‘needy’ and they should eat federally subsidized organic healthier and cheaper vegetarian diets instead.

 I liked this comment by Gene Baur, and think is Farm Sanctuary program is great – I only wish more people thought this way.

Comment by Gene Baur, President and co-founder, Farm Sanctuary
Cruelty Witnessed at Hallmark/Westland Slaughterhouse Not Unique 

For decades, I have traveled around the U.S. documenting conditions on today’s farms. Besides seeing animals confined in cages where they can barely move, I have found living animals in trash cans and ‘downed animals’ (those too sick to stand) discarded as dead. Farm Sanctuary was founded with the rescue of Hilda, a non-ambulatory sheep who was too sick to stand and had been discarded on a pile of dead animals behind Lancaster Stockyards in Pennsylvania. Ever since Hilda’s rescue in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has campaigned to end the marketing and slaughter of downed animals. These animals suffer inexcusable cruelty, and eating them poses a threat to human health.After the U.S.D.A. announced the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S. at the end of 2003, the Agency finally adopted a policy to prohibit the use of downed cattle in the food supply, which Farm Sanctuary had been urging since the mid 1980s. At the time, we were engaged in litigation against the U.S.D.A. to ban downers in the food supply. In fact, less than two weeks prior to the U.S.D.A. admitting mad cow disease existed in the U.S., Farm Sanctuary won an important court decision, which would have allowed our case to proceed. After confirming mad cow disease in the U.S., the U.S.D.A. admitted that downed cattle pose a threat to human health, and agreed to keep these animals out of the food supply. With this policy in place, our legal case was settled.Unfortunately, the U.S.D.A. “no downer” policy has been undermined by agribusiness’ interest in making a few extra dollars by slaughtering sick animals for human food, and by it’s own failure to implement a clear position. Over the years, the U.S.D.A. has allowed loopholes and judgment calls to be made in order to allow downed animals to be used for food. This led to the abuse recently documented at the Hallmark slaughterhouse in Chino, CA. In the absence of a clear and strictly enforced policy that bans the marketing and slaughter of downed animals, problems will continue.Farm Sanctuary is asking that Congress pass the Downed Animal Protection and Food Safety Act (H.R. 661, S. 394) which would prohibit the slaughter of cattle, and other downed animals including pigs, sheep and other livestock for human food. This bill will help remedy the shortcomings of current USDA regulations regarding downed animals by requiring the immediate, humane euthanasia of all animals who become nonambulatory.Finally, to add some perspective to this massive recall of 143 million pounds of beef — which has been widely reported to equate to two burgers for every man, woman and child in the U.S. — this number also equates to around 200,000 cows. These were mainly dairy cows — sensitive, social creatures pushed to their biological limits until their milk levels dropped and they were “spent”, no longer profitable to an industry that views them as economic units of production. Modern dairy cows only last a few years in production and before they are worn out and go to slaughter. Most are killed at by their fifth birthday. In contrast, at Farm Sanctuary we have rescued dairy cows who have lived more than 20 years.

Bitter Earth

In some cases, I would rather not be vindicated in my viewpoints (bitter as they are, one always hopes I am exaggerating) however – this article in the International Herald Tribune paper by James Kanter amazed me. It amazed me not for what it said (it’s what I’ve been saying here and being criticized for when commenting on other people’s blogs for some time now) – but it amazed me rather by the fact that it was published as the front page headline in this international English language paper period. I bought it at the local news stand here in town on the day it was published (oblivious) and read it while eatinge my lunch. I practically dropped the eggs back on the plate as I digested it. I found it online so that I could blog about it.

If a conservative international paper is printing this – the reality can only be worse before editing was done ….

 Here is are some excerpts:

The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage on the environment that could pass points of no return, according to a major report issued Thursday by the United Nations. . .

“The human population is now so large that the amount of resources needed to sustain it exceeds what is available at current consumption patterns,” Achim Steiner, the executive director of the program, said in a telephone interview. Efficient use of resources and reducing waste now are “among the greatest challenges at the beginning of 21st century,” he said. . .

Over the past two decades the world population has increased by almost 34 percent to 6.7 billion from 5 billion; similarly, the financial wealth of the planet has soared by about a third. But the land available to each person on earth had shrunk by 2005 to 2.02 hectares, or 5 acres, from 7.91 hectares in 1900 and was projected to drop to 1.63 hectares for each person by 2050, the report said.

. . . other tipping points triggered by climate change could occur in areas like India and China if Himalayan glaciers shrank so much that they no longer supplied adequate amounts of water to populations in those countries.

He also warned of a global collapse of all species being fished by 2050, if fishing around the world continued at its present pace.

The report said 250 percent more fish are being caught than the oceans can produce in a sustainable manner, and that the number of fish stocks classed as collapsed had roughly doubled to 30 percent globally over the past 20 years. . . .

The report said that current changes in biodiversity were the fastest in human history, with species becoming extinct a hundred times as fast as the rate in the fossil record. It said 12 percent of birds were threatened with extinction; for mammals the figure was 23 percent and for amphibians it was more than 30 percent.

“Scientists now refer to a sixth major extinction crisis that’s under way,” . . .

As a supposed solution I find the ideas in this paragraph troubling however:

“Life would be easier if we didn’t have the kind of population growth rates that we have at the moment,” Steiner said. “But to force people to stop having children would be a simplistic answer. The more realistic, ethical and practical issue is to accelerate human well-being and make more rational use of the resources we have on this planet.”

Uh … sorry – let’s go with the simple answer.  How is it ‘more ethical’ to continue the ridiculous idea that humans are the most important form of life on the planet and ‘deserve’ to live in excess of what all other forms of life here are ‘allowed’ ? This ridiculous line of thinking is what got us into this mess to start with!

Remember what they teach in school – Keep It Simple, STUPID! In the 60s and early 70s many activists were fighting for human population control. Europe and the USA ‘got it’ for the most part (except allowing people to go to invitro fertilization which I find a horrible and ridiculous waste of resources – not to mention damaging to the gene pool in general to allow people who naturally cannot breed to DO SO) and population growth has slowed in the first world countries. Why NOT try it elsewhere? Otherwise how in the world do you CONTINUE to accelerate human well-being (as they euphamistically put it) FOREVER ? At some point – you MUST deal with out of control population growth. We are taking over the planet like an out of control virus.

Can I say ‘go MSRA’ and ‘go AIDS’ as a form of population control? Not really as unfortunately these kill indiscriminantly …  I do so wish there was a virus that only killed dumb-asses. . . . I hope somewhere that left-wing hippy scientists are working on that. Start with Bush and his cabinet as experiments, and move on through the heads and major office holders of all the global corporations. And while you are at it – give a good hit at the bible belt of Christian ‘fundamentalists’ in the USA and elsewhere who oppose the idea of global warming and overpopulation (as it might lead to someone approving of abortions), as well as the Muslim fundamentalists who want to rule with religion rather than sense. Religious zealots and greedy oil, chemical and arms capitalists – all working hand in hand marching us to global Armageddon.