Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why Promoting the Vegan Lifestyle is My Calling

Pigs Being Abused at Hormel Supplier

I've been in one of those contemplative moods lately, trying to decide how to best express myself without ranting. I've actually written and rewritten this blog post 5 times in the last 2 weeks. I feel compelled, actually driven to spend more time and effort on behalf of the billions of farm animals living in hellish conditions and dying horrible deaths. So to start my mission off on the right foot I need your help. Please, if you are a meat eater, read this post, don't turn away. Consider my plea, really think about the issue. I know that changing minds normally does not work if someone feels insulted or belittled, so I will try not to do so. I ask that you put aside any bad feelings created by the post and instead have empathy for the pigs. Not sympathy, but empathy. If you stand in their place you will understand what is really at stake.

The release of the PETA undercover video showing the hideous abuse of pigs at one of the largest pork producers in the US is nothing but shameful. If you eat Hormel products you are paying money to support sick and disgusting cruelty. There is no sugar coating it, factory farms are cruel, animals suffer hideous lives and deaths and if you eat meat or pork or fowl then you are part of the problem.

Ah you say, but the abusers were violating company policy and acting as individuals, these are independent criminal acts, you cannot be responsible. For the sake of this post, I'll agree. Illegal individual action was responsible for much of the heinous abuse. But, there is that little phrase industry standard, that you are responsible for, since it is done in your name.
"At one point in the video, workers are shown slamming
piglets on the
ground, a practice designed to instantly kill those baby pigs
that aren't
healthy enough. But on the video, the piglets are not killed
instantly, and in a
bloodied pile, some piglets can be seen wiggling vainly.
The video also shows
piglets being castrated, and having their tails cut
off, without
anesthesia.
Temple Grandin, a leading animal welfare expert who
serves as a
consultant to the livestock industry, said that while those are
standard
industry practices, the treatment of the sows on the video was far
from
it."
CNN.com PETA Video of
Pig Abuse Triggers Investigation


Did you read that? Imagine an industry where the standard practice is to slam babies on a concrete floor to kill them. Imagine that it is not considered shocking that babies are piled, bloody, squirming and quite alive, one on top of another, left to die painful deaths. That is what your love of meat brings. Try reading that paragraph while eating a ham sandwich or a bacon, lettuce and tomato. Is it worth it?

Hard as I try to put it nicely, I cannot. You are just as guilty as the person slamming piglets on the concrete floor, ignorance is not a defense. Ah you say, but the abusers were violating company policy and acting as individuals, these are independent criminal acts, you cannot be responsible. For the sake of this post, I'll agree. Illegal individual action was responsible for much of the heinous abuse. But, there is that little phrase industry standard, that you are responsible for, since it is done in your name.

Every dime you spend on burgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken, roasts, sausage or any other meat product goes into the pockets of the people torturing animals. Without buyers, there would be no market for animal products, so guess what, pigs, cows, chickens, goats, bunnies and other food animals would no longer live hideous lives and then die. Is the convenience of McDonald's worth the cost in lives? Can you live with your choice?

It's all very simple isn't it? Every bite of food that you eat, gets into your body because you make a choice.Reject the hold that corporate greed has on your life, reject cheap and easy food, because the cost is too great. Choose life and help end the hell of life on factory farms. Become a vegan and do it today.