I hope all my new bloggy friends still love me after this. I'm just trying to stay true to myself. I see this displayed on other popular blogs so I hope I am not burned at the stake??? Smile???
Disclaimer-While this post is passionate, it is not meant to offend anyone-For those of you that raise animals for food and are kind, compassionate and humane to your animals, this is not about you:)
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes
In response to a recent article about KFC and cruelty:
You can Google it, look it up on youtube and read this article in the NYTimes
It's easy not to think about where your meat comes from when visiting modern grocery stores where the meat is clean and neatly wrapped or when ordering at your favorite restaurant. People for the "ethical treatment" of animals and myself are not necessarily promoting not eating meat! Although many choose not to eat meat as a sacrifice and statement for all the animals that are so cruelly treated while being raised for food, they are just lobbying for these poor animals to be treated with respect and dignity while alive on this earth. Think about the differences:
A. (Common practices today on large farms) Animals are born in confined, overcrowded buildings, where they never touch grass with their feet or roam free in a pasture. When they are still little tiny babies wanting their mommies, they are shipped in scary, overcrowded semi's to other farms. Then they live their entire life in an overcrowded and stinky building. They can barely move in a complete circle when full grown. As demonstrated in the pic above. They never roam free in pastures. They are then shipped once again in over crowded and scary semi's to the slaughter house. When they get to the slaughter house, watch out! This is the cruelest of all. They can sense their impending doom and become panicky. There are several cruel and unnecessary way's they slaughter these animals. Just Google it or visit a slaughter house sometime. They can slit their throat while they are alive, electrocute them alive, and many other horrendously painful ways. (This is the extremely watered down version)
B. (Easily attainable new (old) ways)Raise the animals on farms with lots of grazing in fields. Gather up the animals when the time comes and gas them. It is safe, pain free and non threatening to the animals. Just like humans get when getting surgery. This is called producing animals for food in a non-cruel way. Easy! So why not? The last paragraph is why so many people, who learn the facts and then take a step to care about animals, get so upset and frustrated.......because it's not hard to treat these innocent creatures with kindness during their lives on this earth! Plain and simple. The main argument against a more humane way of production states "it takes more money to do it that way"! We have become a society in which it cares more about the dollar then it does about the treatment of innocent creatures who feel pain, anxiety and sadness. You can also hear long arguments about how it is more complicated then how it is described in B. It doesn't matter how complicated it is. These harmless and innocent animals have to be treated with kindness while being raised for human consumption. Period!
Many quote Genesis 1:26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Many claim this gives them the right to do whatever they want to animals.
The Book: Dominion makes the most profound arguments and logical statements I have ever read before. I try at living by this statement taken out of that book: "When a man’s love of finery clouds his moral judgment, that is vanity. When he lets a demanding palate make his moral choices, that is gluttony. When he ascribes the divine will to his own whims, that is pride. And when he gets angry at being reminded of animal suffering that his own daily choices might help avoid, that is moral cowardice"-MATTHEW SCULLY Am I perfect? Do I achieve my goal 100% of the time? Of course not. "Try" is the operative word here:)
I have had an overwhelming sensitivity for the treatment of animals since I was a little girl! I have lived on a ranch, been to many farms and seen this first hand! I was raised in and still live in a farm community.
This post is not intended to condemn people who eat meat. It is simply meant to be thought provoking to many loving and bright people. "It is just about being kind and thoughtful to creatures that cannot speak or stand up for themselves my friends"
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