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Her Front Legs Were Sawn Off ..
I have been thinking a lot about cows over the past few months.
My acute interest came about when I was sent by this newspaper to see a dairy cow being slaughtered.
She was old in productive terms, but only five or six.
She had given up six or seven of her children at a couple of days old, and every drop of her milk.
We greedy humans should have been grateful, but how did we repay her?
She was taken to the abattoir without being milked, so her huge, swollen udders were painful.
She was terrified, having queued for ages behind other doomed cows, before she was stunned with a bolt to the head.
The most sickening part was when her front legs were sawn off while she was still alive.
She kept trying to move her legs away.
The slaughterman called her a cunt.
Farm animals are surely the most persecuted creatures in the history of this planet.
Maybe if David Attenborough were to make a documentary showing the life of the cow or the chicken, how they love and nurture their young, we would have more sympathy, more insight.
( Liz Jones )
Their lives mean more to them than your taste buds and your eating habits will ever mean to you.
If what takes place in a slaughterhouse is “normal”.
If what takes place in a slaughterhouse is “legal”.
If what takes place in a slaughterhouse is “humane”.
Then why don’t we see TV documentaries showing the “humane” killings?
Why are the videos on YouTube that show what happens classified as “graphic”?
After all, it’s only “food” for the meat-eating people, isn’t it?
( Rose Winfold )
Brainwashing Young People ..
The “4-h young livestock program” was set up in the U.S. in the early 1900s aimed at desensitising young people from their natural instincts of compassion and empathy for animals.
The program teaches children to view fellow animals as nothing more than a product to make money.
Killing animals is not natural for humans.
This despicable meat industry program targets and brainwashes not-too-bright young people to become the next generation of heartless farmers and slaughterhouse workers.
The program continues today.
Similar programs operate in some other countries.
( Len Firswood, 05.10.2011 )
Who Is There To Stop Animal Abuse? ..
The shocking treatment of animals was filmed by activists using secret cameras.
But the UK Government has refused to prosecute.
Footage shows slaughtermen stubbing out cigarettes on pigs’ heads, animals being punched and a farming spike used on their faces.
But the Food Standards Agency and Defra, the Government animal welfare department, will not rely on evidence from a third party.
Animal Aid said the filming took place at an abattoir in Brentwood, Essex, run by Cheale Meats, where up to 6,000 pigs are slaughtered every week.
Kate Fowler of campaigning group Animal Aid, which captured the footage, said: “We’ve been pressing everyone involved to act decisively to end cruelty. If Defra won’t prosecute these flagrant breaches of the law, if the vet’s can’t or won’t act to stop the cruelties, and if the slaughterhouse owners look the other way, who is there to stop animal abuse?”
Teeth Ripped Out With Pliers ..
Babies are taken from their mothers in Indonesian rainforests and their teeth ripped out with pliers to make them ‘safe’.
They have been spotted at markets in Jakarta – the nocturnal creatures stuffed into cages, where they curl up to try to escape the scorching sun.
The Loris, which inspired the Furby toy, now face extinction.
It is illegal to bring a Loris to Britain, but they are thought to be smuggled in.
The tooth wounds don’t heal, or get infected, and they die a slow, painful death.
Others die from malnutrition because owners are ignorant of the diet they need.
The animals are traded to Japan, China, The Middle East, Europe and the USA.
A large proportion die in transit.
The Brutal Treatment Of Animals ..
In federally inspected slaughterhouses throughout the USA, animals are routinely dragged, trampled, skinned, dismembered, and scalded while alive and fully conscious.
In slaughterhouses that petitioners have investigated, as many as 20% of all slaughter animals are conscious – exhibiting righting reflexes, kicking, blinking, looking around, and vocalising when their skin is removed.
Many animals also remain conscious as they are immersed in scalding tanks or as plant employees remove their legs, tails, and other body parts.
Petitioners’ investigations have revealed abusive treatment of disabled animals, including dragging of conscious animals causing limb fractures, wounds, and strangulation, trampling and beating to death of disabled animals, smashing of nonambulatory animals into concrete barriers to force them into front end loaders, and the routine use of chains to rip live, frozen animals from metal walls of transport vehicles in winter months.
Likewise, petitioners’ videotape evidence depicts, among other things, downed cattle being trampled by other cattle, hogs that have frozen to death being chain sawed for rendering, and a disabled cow having an electric prod inserted into its mouth.
The Government Has Decided They Are A Pest ..
You’d think, given the outrage in this country about dogs left in hot cars, that animals are treated fairly here.
But given what’s going on in a leafy suburb in Hertfordshire, I’d counter we are living in the Soviet Bloc rather than 21st Century Britain, where the Government does not listen to us, or even to reason or science.
In this bastion of law-abiding tax-paying Middle England, a campaign is being mounted to save the Borehamwood 33 – a flock of wild birds descended from 12 monk parakeets that escaped from an aviary during a burglary 16 years ago.
The Government has decided they are a pest.
Two years ago, Natural England added both the monk and the ring-necked parakeet to the General Licence, which means the birds can be shot.
Yet in New York, a law was passed to protect a flock of approximately the same size as this one.
( Liz Jones )
The War Being Raged In The Countryside ..
I really don’t understand the war being raged in the countryside against crows, magpies and jackdaws.
I heard another horror story about a pig farmer who traps up to 80 jackdaws every night, which he then clobbers over the head (trapping of corvids is also legal under licence).
He feeds the birds to his pigs as extra protein.
Like most corvid murderers, this farmer loves to shoot.
Isn’t it interesting, too, that sport, a recreation, is placed at the top of the pile over humanity.
At least corvids clean up the rotting carcasses of sheep (often, pregnant sheep) left in fields because the farmer can’t be bothered to move them.
And even if we do disapprove of the behaviour of corvids or parakeets, that is no reason to kill them.
We might as well imprison cuckoos.
This all reminds me of a recent story about a cleric who sentenced a dog to be stoned.
Remember that only humans are capable of evil.
That is what makes us unique.
( Liz Jones )
For The Sake Of A Little Flesh, We Deprive Them Of Life ..
Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstaining from flesh?
For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of soul or mind the first man did so, touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, he who set forth tables of dead, stale bodies and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived.
How could his eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb?
How could his nose endure the stench?
How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with the sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds?
It is certainly not lions and wolves that we eat out of self-defence.
On the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us, creatures that, I swear, Nature appears to have produced for the sake of their beauty and grace.
But nothing abashed us, not the flower-like tinting of the flesh, not the persuasiveness of the harmonious voice, not the cleanliness of their habits or the unusual intelligence that may be found in the poor wretches.
No, for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.
( Plutarch, c.46 AD – c.125 AD
Our Culture Decides Which Animals We Eat ..
Cows, pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits are just as affectionate, caring, loving and sensitive as cats and dogs.
It is only our culture which has decreed that dogs and cats get well looked after while cows, pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits are killed and eaten.
Farmers Poison Golden Eagles ..
A golden eagle has a wingspan of up to 8ft.
Its body is up to 40in long, it weighs up to 13lb and it can fly at 100 mph.
They mate for life and can live for 30 years.
Victorians hunted them to extinction in the UK but in 1975 they were reintroduced to Scotland from Norway.
A £900,000 plan to reintroduce them to England, along the Suffolk coast, was scrapped last year in the Coalition’s cuts.
Special protection areas in Scotland were designated last year after evidence that farmers were poisoning eagles.
These cover 850,000 acres of North and West Scotland and include Glen Etive, Glen Fyne and the Cairngorms Massif.
The eagles kill large prey by dropping it from a great height.
Tortoises are dropped on to rocks to crack their shells.
A lamb was seen head-butting a golden eagle who was trying to grab it, according to the Outer Hebrides bird report of 2009.
Farmers are concerned by the reintroduction of the only bigger British bird, the white-tailed eagle.
It became extinct in Britain in the early 19th Century but is being returned to the wild along Scotland’s East and West coasts.
Ospreys Guarded By The Army ..
Rare ospreys are thriving again in the UK – just a few decades after they were thought to be extinct.
And in one corner of Scotland a band of fishermen have played a remarkable and key role in their revival.
Fisheries in the region have now provided the osprey with the perfect hunting ground and the birds have taken full advantage.
It’s a far cry from Victorian times when the 2ft long birds of prey, which have 6ft wingspans, were persecuted relentlessly by game keepers and egg collectors.
By 1916 they are thought to have become extinct in the UK.
But in 1954 a pair of migrating ospreys from Scandinavia nested at Loch Garten in the Cairngorms.
When the first pairs arrived their nests needed to be protected at all costs.
At one point they were guarded by the Army.
Numbers grew over the decades and nowhere in Britain have they returned more prominently than the Cairngorms.
From 14 pairs there in 1976 there were 158 by 2001.
In 1996 nests were set up in Rutland Water, East Midlands, and the birds are now breeding at Bassenthwaite in the Lake District and parts of Wales.
They fly from Scandinavia – or 3,000 miles from Africa – for the spring mating season before flying off again in late summer once their chicks have fledged.
Red Kites Flourishing In Britain ..
In Victorian times they were treated like vermin and hunted to the brink of extinction.
But red kites are once again flourishing across Britain, thanks to the efforts of conservationists – and local councils who leave household rubbish to pile up.
The birds of prey are natural scavengers, and experts believe the growing amount of food thrown away, combined with less frequent bin collections is helping the species thrive.
There have been sightings in Reading, Leeds, Gateshead, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Hampstead and Hackney in London.
Despite efforts of conservationists, the numbers of red kites plunged to just a handful of breeding pairs in the 1960s, confined to rural mid-Wales.
But a concerted reintroduction programme begun 20 years ago means that there are now thought to be 1,800 breeding pairs across the country.
In medieval times, red kites proliferated in Britain.
By snatching discarded food from the streets, they helped keep towns and cities clean – and kites were protected by a Royal decree, with the death penalty for killing one.
However, by the 16th Century, kites were considered vermin, with a bounty placed on their heads.
By the 1890s, they had been virtually wiped out by landowners who wrongly believed they killed their lambs.
The Doctor Died Of MRSA ..
Half of all antibiotics in the UK are used on farm animals and 60% of those are given to pigs.
The overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming means these creatures provide a breeding ground for the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases such as MRSA, E.coli and salmonella, which pass from animals to humans.
Ominously, scientists have just discovered a new MRSA strain, said to be present on as many as 3% of dairy farms in the UK.
There have already been 12 cases.
Factory farms are central to all this.
When statistics at one hospital in the Netherlands were analysed, it was found that 80% of MRSA cases there were caused by a strain which had evolved on factory pig farms and which is now spreading globally to other farms and from animals to humans too.
In one village of 500 people in America, at the heart of which was a huge pig farm, one in every ten people visited their local doctor with symptoms including skin lesions the size of cricket balls.
While investigating these conditions, the doctor himself died of MRSA.
What really bothers me is that even though these health concerns are well known, what Europe’s politicians are doing is worse than nothing.
The EU is encouraging factory farms.
( Dominic West
Animal Experiments Are Of No Scientific Value ..
Murdering, cowardly vivisectors (who have a collective I.Q. lower than the average temperature in Siberia) torture and kill around 1,000 cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, monkeys, rabbits and other defenceless animals every 30 seconds – and some of those animals are pets that have been stolen.
Animal experiments are of no scientific value and are performed for purely commercial or personal reasons.
Thousands of vivisectors will be put out of work if animal experiments stop.
Most are incapable of doing proper jobs and will probably remain unemployed if they are not allowed to torture animals for a living.
Vivisectors torture and kill thousands of stolen pet cats and dogs.
If stopped from doing animal experiments, vivisectors might become mass murderers.
Drug company profits would fall and their employees would have to be satisfied with much smaller salaries.
If animal experiments were stopped, those who kidnap pets and capture wild animals would be unemployed and firms which make cages and restraints would go bust.
The Slaughter Of Ruddy Ducks ..
A cull of ruddy ducks in the UK has cut their numbers to just 120.
The government says about 4,400 of the birds were shot dead over the past 5 years.
Supporters of the cull, including the RSPB, say it is needed to protect other species from extinction.
Opponents argue it is expensive and unnecessary.
Liz Jones, who writes for the Mail on Sunday, claims the reason for the slaughter is to stop them travelling to Spain to cross-breed with the rare white-headed duck.
The ruddy duck is originally from the United States, and came to the UK in the 1940s.
Don’t the RSPB protect all birds?
We Think Caged Birds Sing ..
Birds are beautiful, intelligent, thoughtful, sensitive creatures.
Many fly thousands of miles every year and have inbuilt navigation systems which would be the envy of any jet pilot. It is an act of unspeakable barbarism to put one of these wonderful creatures into a cage.
We think caged birds sing.
When indeed they cry.