Thursday, June 10, 2010

"The Cow in the Meadow Goes Moo!"

I love driving on a highway and seeing cows in the meadows.  My most favorite thing to see is cows in the snow.  They stand on their little hills with snow on their backs and are still eating grass like nothing is going on.  Cows are huge, living, breathing animals that our society treats like machines that are here to make companies money.  How did this large being that has a body , a heart, nervous system, a brain and  feelings like us become something we "rule".  We keep these lovely animals in captivity and do whatever we like to them in order for us to have a main course at our 4th of July parties.
 The worst commercial I have ever seen was for Burger King.  It showed a huge, like 5 layer burger and the writing said "It's Good to be at the Top of the Food Chain".  Is this really what we are proud of as human beings?  Are we really going to continue to treat cows this way because we can not live without eating their flesh? 

  I believe that it is the only way compassionate human beings can still eat  animals is by putting it out of their minds and believe that it is what we are supposed to be doing.  But I believe everyone should know how the cow gets to our plates.  I also believe that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, no one would eat meat!!

The cows that you eat in a restaurant, fast food place or chain grocery store all come from factory farming.  Factory farmed cows are kept in cramped, dirty confinement.  Cows are used to roaming and grazing in fields.  In factories, they are not given that luxury.  They are in all types of weather, they are fed poorly nutritious food and they are not kept clean.  As you can imagine, they get sick and infected often.  Many die due to neglect.  If the meat is still good however, these cows still make it to the slaughterhouse. 
This is a picture of a "downed" or sick cow in an Oklahoma farm.

Does this look appetizing or safe to even EAT???

For the cows that make it to the slaughterhouses, the torture is just beginning...Here is an exert from a  Washington Post article from 2001 as told by a factory worker...

The cattle were supposed to be dead before they got to Moreno. But too often they weren't.

They blink. They make noises, he said softly. The head moves, the eyes are wide and looking around. Still Moreno would cut. On bad days, he says, dozens of animals reached his station clearly alive and conscious. Some would survive as far as the tail cutter, the belly ripper, the hide puller. They die, said Moreno, piece by piece...

I believe this is tragic and not fair to the animals.  I wouldn't want this to happen to me or anyone I loved . Since I have given up eating the animals, I feel freer than ever and I DO NOT miss eating hamburger meat.

I wonder if we stopped calling it "hamburger" and called it "cow", if people would stop eating it?  Could you imagine telling your child they are eating a cow!  An actual animal that they see walking on the side of the road?  I wonder if they would eat it still.  hmm....we have to questions these things and stop hiding the truth. 

It cost A LOT to get a hamburger these days..and I don't mean money! 

Please check out this clip called Chew On This
Free Vegetarian Starter Kit:

Green Facts about Factory Farming:
  • 70% of the leveled land is used to raise factory animals (bye bye trees)
  • Factory Farm animals use more than half the water in the USA (we have humans without clean water to drink)
  • Producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small care 20 miles!
  • Every second, factory animals produce 89,000 pounds of waste (where does it all go?...water systems, lakes, oceans, etc
  • 2/3 of the agricultural land is used to feed factory animals (imagine how many hungry humans could be fed if we didn't "grow" animals for our consumption)

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