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Flip the Script on Meat

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By Angelia Coyne

I am not in agreement with cruelty on any scale, man or beast, but what is the process for getting life-sustaining products such as beef, poultry, pork, turkey and fish to people? An animal activism group called Watch1000eyes.com offers a clear depiction of animal cruelty that is not for the faint at heart in YouTube videos and Facebook posts. But is what you are seeing cruelty and neglect from the individual, the company or allowances by the government?

Sentient Media is a nonprofit organization in San Francisco that covers the welfare of animals and reports on “global factor farming.” In an article called, ‘Factory Farms Are Awful for Animals, People and the Environment,” Sentient reported on what happens on “Factory Farms,” or what others would call slaughterhouses.

Sentient’s co-founder and author of the article, Grant Lindel lives in Brazil and he has missed the point: that death must happen so that life can continue. It’s called interdependency.

Some facets in life are necessary like interdependency. We consume them alive and they consume us when we die. From plate to grass. From grass to plate. The real problem does not lie with the so-called factory farms or slaughterhouses. It lies directly with the individual.

People know what they want from the process, not what the process entails, for this would challenge one’s ethics and morals.

Is death OK for others if it keeps you alive, in spite of the process used to sustain your life? Why then can a lion kill for food? That is considered a natural event, but humans cannot kill for the same reason?

Perhaps the problem is not that animals are being killed, rather the manner in which they are being killed for consumption. People have to be clear about what they want and why they want it. Some people want to eat, but don’t want any part of the process required to produce their meat.

We want righteous officials, yet elect a lewd man with open indiscretions. People want voting rights, but they will not vote. Take a position and make a stand.

People must make a decision about what they want and why. After I watched a video on factory farms, it seemed to me the logical thing to do is to stop the suffering and murder of animals for human consumption. But, at what cost?

If we closed all factory farms, what would happen to the food and medicines (Zootherapy) that are derived from animals? Humans get a portion of protein, carbohydrates and minerals called macronutrients from animals, as well as from plant sources.

Rather than castigate factory farms, go directly to the source, the people who want the product. Give them fact-based information that clearly spells out the benefits and risk associated with the consumption of animals and the process required to get it.

Instead of producing a silent video without pointing out the real culprits of animal slaughter, play a video with people in the store shopping for meat hearing the bleating of sheep as they pass by, or eating it at the table with their family.

Broadcast the sounds of animal cries while they are being slaughtered with every bite the smiling animal-killers take as they masticate and ingest the chicken whose neck has been wrung. Or the lamb whose throat is slit to bring you those ¼ pound juicy lamb chops. Or how about the horrific squeal of pigs as they are ground up alive as they run on a metal treadmill. Show consumers what they are eating, not just how they got to eat it.

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