This section is one that really breaks my heart but at the same time it’s the very reason I decided to go vegan, for the animals.
Ever since I can remember as a young girl I was constantly going out of my way to do research, trying to understand how this perfectly packaged meat product got to my plate. I knew there was something I was missing. To be honest the reason I was constantly doing research was in hopes that I would find a gap, such as that animals don’t actually feel pain when people are doing this, or that it couldn’t be as bad as some of these videos I had seen. Truth is, I never found anything that made me feel better about consuming and purchasing these products, and I still haven’t.
Let’s first discuss this so called “humane meat” that I hear of constantly..
Humane means tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed. Now tell me how a product derived from enslavement, exploitation, suffering, torture, mutilation and death could be considered humane at any point? It can’t. No matter what label your product has, or what farm your “meat” comes from all these animals end up at the same place, and go through the same processes to get there, and to die. There is no special truck or slaughterhouse for the humane, grass-fed, free-range bullshit labelled meat so let’s just end that there…
A book that really put everything in perspective for me is, “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows,” by Melanie Joy. It’s all about the idea of “carnism,” which is the opposite to veganism. It’s an invisible belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals. Now, carnism on the other hand is a dominant belief system which is woven through the very structure of society which shapes norms, laws, beliefs and behaviours.
Please watch this short clip for an explanation on this ideology, and then I highly suggest you all go get this book NOW!
I know that people hate seeing sad and cruel pictures, and videos what you need to realize is that they will never stop until we stop these industries, and stop the cruelty.
I would like to go over all animal industries including the meat industry, dairy, eggs, animals used for clothes, including fur, leather, wool, silk, down, animals used for entertainment including circuses, zoo’s, swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, donkeys, EVERYTHING but it’s going to be a long, on-going, and forever changing part of my blog.
I will try to keep adding to this page but if you want to know about everything that I mentioned above – watch earthlings below though as it touches on ALL these aspects and then some.
I’ll also link another great documentary below which is called, “The Ghosts In Our Machine,” by the amazingly talented Jo-Anne McArthur. She is an amazing photo-journalist who has captured animal industries such as food, fashion, entertainment in research in such a light that it’s impossible to ignore.
Animals used for meat:
There are so many parts to this process that I honestly don’t know where to begin. There’s the whole being bred into this torturous industry, categorized by gender, disposed of if they’re male chickens, or even the actual factory farming part of it where they’re stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other horrible devices. How about the fact that some will never feel the sun, or see the light until they hit those trucks which are transporting them to slaughter.
Did you know that in Canada it’s legal to transport cows for up to 52 hours with no food, or water, pigs and chickens its 30 hours? Not only is this part horrifying but then add extreme temperatures that places like Calgary may have, this includes temperature’s at -30.
Just today I read an article that said they were transporting pigs from Calgary to Vancouver (a ten hour drive) and 23 pigs showed up dead on arrival. This is NORMAL, and LEGAL!
A couple months ago there was another incident with a live transport truck in Burlington, Ontario where the truck crashed, and instead of feeling sorry for these poor animals who were clearly traumatized, and very hurt, which you can hear by their loud screams, instead they were hit, and prodded, forced to march off to the kill floor. You could see some pigs comforting the others who were in pain, and mourning the ones that had died. This was a very upsetting day for me, one that I will never ever forget, and a reason I will never stop fighting for animals. You may lose your mind but you will definitely find your soul.
Then we could talk about how once they arrive at the slaughterhouses they are stunned with electric prods to get off the truck. Imagine smelling your owns blood, and stench and having that bad feeling that this is it for you? Once they get off the truck they’re continuously prodded to keep moving, not to mention they’re probably dying of starvation, and thirst, and are so weak. They are then forced to go into these areas where they will be electrically stunned, hoisted up and have their legs shackled, and then they have their throats slit. Since animals are coming in by the second it’s VERY common that they get missed – this then means that a lot of the animals are alive for the next process which is being thrown into scalding hot water to remove all their skin. Some animals even make it alive through this part. Can you imagine? Sounds like something from a horror movie right?
I’m going to layout a few NORMAL processes that animals experience in the industry of meat, egg, and dairy production that people may or may not be aware of.
Sorting – So when chickens are hatched on conveyor belts they are sorted from the moment they are born – into female and male – males are disposed of because they are completely useless – they can’t produce eggs, and their meat is not wanted. The way they are disposed of is either thrown in a bin where poisonous gas fills it, or they are thrown into a blender type machine and are chopped up, OR they are just thrown into garbage and die from suffocation. Fun right?
Branding – Most animals are branded so that farmers can distinguish them – this is a very painful process, where animals are tied down, and scream in agony when they are burned on their skin with a hot iron. This process happens everywhere, including your so called “humane” farms, free-range, grass-fed bullshit.
Dehorning – A lot of cows are, and goats are dehorned – this is done using a hot iron. You will find that some farms do require anesthesia for dehorning of calves, but not so much for goats.
Tail Docking – So apparently animals in factory farms tend to go crazy… shocking right? So self mutilation and harming others is something that happens quite often – to avoid them hurting the “merchandise” let’s say – they remove pigs and sometimes cows tails so that they don’t chew off their own, or any others. This is usually done within the first couple days of being born – once again this is also done with no pain relief.
Castration – This is removing animals testicles. Usually they are held down by a machine or by a couple farmers where it’s either surgically removed by cutting with a scalpel, “crushing” them which is done with a clamp, or using a rubber ring. People say that the animals don’t feel this but if this is true, why don’t they do this to dogs?
Removing Teeth and End Of Beaks – Chickens as well as turkeys will not only peck at each other out of stress and boredom but they will also peck at their handlers, to avoid this the debeak the birds, which is where they slice off the tip without any pain relief. This would be equivalent to us having our fingertips cut off – the end of their beaks are loaded with organs, nerves and receptors.
There’s also nose ringing, ear notching, painful artificial inseminations etc. but I’m over it, and I’m sure you are too.
The Dairy Industry
It’s quite shocking to me still that some people forget the fact that for an animal to lactate they need to have just given birth. Cows don’t spontaneously produce milk folks! Their milk is for their BABIES. They need it to grow, and to be healthy. We have no need for cows milk then we do for dogs milk, cats milk, donkey milk, or zebra milk.
Now – think about this… If a cow needs to be continuously impregnated (artificially inseminated that is) she will continuously have babies right? Now, where do you think all these babies go? Before I get into that I just want to explain what happens to dairy cows in this industry. They are usually impregnated once a year, and once their productivity declines they are slaughtered. This usually happens at around 4-5 years old. Now, if they were in a natural environment they could live up to 20 years.
Now let’s talk about the VEAL industry, which is a bi-product of the dairy industry.
Imagine having to be continuously impregnated and then having your babies taken away from you? I’ve spoken to so many cattle and dairy farmers who say the saddest thing about it is having to hear the mothers cry when this happens. They cry for weeks, months. This is gut-wrenching. I couldn’t even imagine this, and I can’t believe that humans do this to these poor creatures. Cows are highly emotional creatures, and devoted mothers, they spend nine months preparing for their baby only to have it taken away sometimes within the first hour of birth. They say that this will be less traumatic for the cows.
Once these babies are taken from their mothers they go to a farm where they’re fattened up to be killed at 1-2 years old, otherwise known as veal. They are put into small isolated hutches with no contact to other animals. Imagine just being born into the world, confused, sad, and lonely, and don’t know where your mother is?
Let’s talk about the egg industry.
The moment they are born, they are sorted into gender, males are disposed of, and females are “fortunate” enough to avoid the blender, and get to continue a life of extreme exploitation, enslavement, abuse, torture, and death.
Actually better yet, I’ll show you.