Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Perhaps the Cruelest Industry"

Words used by the the group Mercy for Animals, who exposed what goes on in egg hatcheries — Video shows chicks ground up alive at egg hatchery. The report states that "tossing male chicks, which have little value because they can't lay eggs or be raised quickly enough to be raised profitably for meat, into grinders is common industry practice." The company stated "that 'instantaneous euthanasia' — a reference to killing of male chicks by the grinder — is a standard practice supported by the animal veterinary and scientific community."

Such systematic cruelty, I think it safe to say, is only possible at a factory farm, and would be unthinkable on a small-scale farm like that of Gene Logsdon, who wrote of the "severe disconnect between our society today and the realities of the food chain" — Yes, I care for animals and then I eat them.

Matthew Scully, former speechwriter for George Bush and Sarah Palin, who wrote Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy and Fear Factories: The case for compassionate conservatism—for animals for The American Conservative, made the following eloquent statement which I quoted four years ago — On Factory Farming:
    In the same way that human beings are prone to abusing any other kind of power -- by forgetting that we are not the final authority. The people who run our industrial livestock farms, for example, have lost all regard for animals as such, as beings with needs, natures, and a humble dignity of their own. They treat these creatures like machines and "production units" of man's own making, instead of as living creatures made by God. And you will find a similar arrogance in every other kind of cruelty as well....

    An environmentalist can oppose factory farming because it's reckless stewardship. A conservative can oppose factory farming because it is destructive to small farmers and to the decent ethic of husbandry those farmers live by. A religious person can oppose factory farming because it is degrading to both man and animal -- an offense to God.

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