Our Beloved Animals
This is the most
difficult and heart-wrenching subject I have researched. The videos are very
graphic, but I urge you to see that the problem is very real. We CAN make a difference;
and we HAVE to. There are some links here and much more information on the web.
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Water Gazette says "It is time that people of good faith stop deluding
ourselves with the self-serving nonsense about having "dominion" over animals. We may claim "dominion" over our children; yet we do not assume the right to lop off parts of their bodies
to suit our convenience, dissect them, fry them, or imprison them for weeks in
cages so narrow they can't lie down. We must also rid ourselves of the great
falsehood that Descartes imposed upon us. It has clouded our thinking since his
time. The notion that animals--except humans, of course--are merely
instinct-driven machines that have no feelings. Anyone who has heard the
heart-rending bawling of cows whose young are being trucked away to slaughter
knows in his heart that Descartes was fool on this matter."
Our Farm Animals
Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks,
turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all
of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions.
These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers,
pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system and contribute
significantly to global warming.
few of the practices employed by factory farms are:
preemptive, constant feeding of antibiotics to prevent
disease. Humans consuming dairy and meat products from factory farms
may develop immunities to antibiotics and thus lose the ability to
fight certain strains of bacteria.
controlled light cycles to simulate longer or shorter days. This
confuses an animal's body and forces an unnatural growth response.
animals' bodies to prevent them from acting out on the aggression and
anxiety caused by living in such extreme confinement.
breeding animals to reproduce at unnaturally accelerated rates, causing
them exhaustion, stress and early deaths.
transportation of livestock to slaughterhouses, after which sick or
injured animals who fell or died on the way (referred to as
"downers") are forced onto slaughter trucks―often with a
so many animals in one place produces much more waste than the surrounding land
can handle. As a result, factory farms are associated with various
environmental hazards, such as water, land and air pollution―and people who
live in close proximity to factory farms often complain of high incidents of
Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness
of a nation
and its moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are
Not only has our food changes drastically in the past 50 years,
but so has our treatment of animals. Cows were once raised on ranches, roaming and
grazing on various grasses.
With the advent of fast food restaurants, hamburgers became so
popular that a greater supply of beef was needed to keep up with the demand.
Cattle now live the majority of their lives in massive feedlots across the plains,
tens of thousands crammed together, wading in their own feces. A single cow
“deposits about fifty pounds of manure every day” and its hide is usually
covered in it. Because of their unsanitary living arrangements, many cattle pass
diseases and viruses to each other, infecting thousands. Cattle are also
slaughtered and butchered into their various cuts at such accelerated speeds, that
many times their colons and stomachs are accidentally slit by the workers,
spilling feces and remains from their stomachs onto the meat. “In the USDA
study 78.6 percent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread
primarily by fecal matter.” It's no wonder you can get sick eating a burger
because Schlosser states “...There is shit in the meat.”
normal diet of grass has now been replaced with corn, growth hormones, and antibiotics.
Feeding cattle corn has changed the cow's harmless E. coli bacteria in their
stomachs to mutate and evolve into a new and deadly strain for humans called E.
coli 0157:H7. In the past, human
stomachs could kill the E. coli before it did any damage in the colon and
affected the rest of the body, but the corn diet has changed the E. coli to
become acid-resistant. The E. coli 0157:H7 can lead to diarrhea, kidney failure
for kids, hemolytic uremic syndrome, or death. This new strain is also passed
through the fecal matter of the cattle, so that if one has it, the rest will
also get it as they wade in each others manure. “Since an outbreak at the Jack in the Box
restaurant in 1993, E. coli 0157:H7 is responsible for making ill 500,000 Americans
and most of them children; hospitalizing thousands, and killing hundreds.”
Our sins against
Bossie are many. The perfect model of passive resistance to evil, Bossie
patiently chews her cud, as we dig our graves with our teeth. Bossie does not
get mad. She gets even. Heart disease, cancers, kidney stones, ear infections,
osteoporosis, asthma--all merely symptoms of "Bossie's Revenge."
Jefferson said: "I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is
experimentation is not just unbelievably barbaric and unforgivably cruel but
also worthless, wasteful, inaccurate and dangerously misleading.
cruelty is indefensible. In a desperate attempt to justify their evil practices
many researchers still claim that what they do helps save human lives. They are
lying, the callous self-interest of researchers leads directly to the
development and marketing of unsafe drugs and medical practices. The truth is
that animal experiments kill people and animal researchers are
responsible for the deaths of thousands of men, women and children every year;
they are also directly responsible for a massive amount of human suffering.
more enlightened world will see animal experimentation as one of the more
obscene and inexplicable practices of our age; it is our equivalent of slavery
and cruel colonialism and those who fail to condemn it loudly will be branded
as being as guilty as the vivisectors themselves by tomorrow's generations.
17 and 22 million animals in America are experimented on per year, while the
cosmetics industry uses another million or so. Altogether the total number of
animals used around the world is probably somewhere in the region of 250
Or, to put the figures in a
slightly more practical way, animal experimenters use around 100,000 - 125,000
animals an hour!
largest portion of the money that is spent by industry on animal experiments
comes from drug companies and cosmetic companies; together they spend a fortune
on testing and investigating new ingredients and potential new products. But
the involvement of industry is not limited to these two areas; companies which
make products as varied as food additives, industrial and agricultural
chemicals and household cleansers all do an enormous amount of testing on
charities are the third major source of money for animal experiments. Funded by
millions of small, individual donations from people who are attracted by promises
to conquer disease and find 'wonder cures'.
all the cruelties would take a book:
- Animals have body parts removed (eyes,
- Shocked electrically
- Purposely given cancer and other
- Forced vomiting
- Shaken and beaten
- Surgically and unnaturally altered
- Scalded with water and chemicals
- Given drug overdoses
- Organs transplanted and
so many other inhumane tortures.
They languish in pain, ache with
loneliness and long to roam free and use their minds. Instead, all they can do
is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will
be performed on them. The stress, sterility and boredom causes some animals to
develop neurotic behaviors such incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back
and forth and even pulling out their own hair and biting their own skin.
They shake and cower in fear whenever someone walks past their cages and their
blood pressure spikes drastically. After enduring lives of pain, loneliness and
terror, almost all of them will be killed.
If you want to know what experiments are
being conducted at universities or other institutions near to where you live
just get in touch with your nearest antivivisection society.
made strides in the defense of animals, and if a normal citizen performed any
of these experiments they would be locked up! Most (if not all) of these
experiments were conducted on your behalf and with your money.
Each of us can help save animals from suffering and death in experiments by
demanding that our alma maters stop experimenting on animals, by buying cruelty-free
products, by donating only to charities that don't experiment on
animals, by requesting alternatives to animal dissection and by demanding the
immediate implementation of humane, effective non-animal tests by government
agencies and corporations.
Ask the experimenters why they
experiment on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are
like us." Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment
on animals, and the answer is: "Because the animals are not like
us." Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
~Charles R. Magel
Our Pets and Wildlife
Across the world
are barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting; abusive puppy mills
where dogs are treated not like family but like production machines; inhumane
and unsporting hunting practices such as "canned hunts" of captive
exotic animals; the slaughter of American horses for export to foreign
countries where horsemeat is considered a delicacy; and the clubbing of baby
seals and other animals for the commercial fur trade.
Lincoln said: "I do not care much for a man's religion whose dog and cat
are not the better for it."
You don’t have to be a cop, a lawyer or a judge to fight animal
cruelty. All you need is the courage to speak up for those who cannot speak for
themselves. We need to celebrate
our pets, wildlife and farm animals. What they provide for us is far greater
than what we give in return. I think the golden rule applies to humans and
Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal
protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28.
Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all
animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream
force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted
voice extolling the human-animal bond.
The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western
Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to
provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the
largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of
time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the
entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including
the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" as well as
cruelty to domesticated animals.