Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Another essay from Kev

I'm full of pride over this last little essay that Kev wrote the other day. Not just because I am a vegetarian who believes in these same issues, but because I haven't pushed these ideas on my kids, although we do talk about them at times, and Kev has become very passionate about some of these things all on his own. I'm proud of him for speaking out about the things he believes in and not being afraid of what people say or think about the issues. So here it is, the first part is an article that he copied and then his comments at the bottom. Pardon the french, he is 14 after all and he feels VERY strongly about this....................................

all this. for food.

(copied from people who know pigs compare them to dogs because they are friendly, loyal, and intelligent. Pigs are naturally very clean and avoid, if at all possible, soiling their living areas. When given the chance to live away from factory farms, pigs will spend hours playing, lying in the sun, and exploring their surroundings with their powerful sense of smell. Considered smarter than 3-year-old human children, pigs are very clever animals.

Most people rarely have the opportunity to interact with these outgoing, sensitive animals because 97 percent of pigs in United States today are raised on factory farms. These pigs spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses, under constant stress from the intense confinement and denied everything that is natural to them.Piglets' tails are cut off and their teeth are pulled out without the use of painkillers.

As piglets, they are taken away from their mothers when they are less than 1 month old; their tails are cut off, some of their teeth are cut off, and the males have their testicles ripped out of their scrotums (castration), all without any pain relief. They spend their entire lives in overcrowded pens on a tiny slab of filthy concrete.

Breeding sows spend their entire miserable lives in tiny metal crates where they can't even turn around. Shortly after giving birth, they are once again forcibly impregnated. This cycle continues for years until their bodies finally give out and they are sent to be killed. When the time comes for slaughter, these smart and sensitive animals are forced onto transport trucks that travel for many miles through all weather extremes—many die of heat exhaustion in the summer and arrive frozen to the inside of the truck in the winter.

According to industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die in transport each year, and an additional 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse.3, 4 Many are still fully conscious when they are immersed in scalding water for hair removal.(end of copy)

I'm sorry, but that's disgusting. As to how someone KNOWS something like this, but still eats meat is beyond me. Is this worth that double bacon cheeseburger you had for lunch? Or the bacon and sausage you had for breakfast?

I'm sorry, but human beings tend to become disgusting selfish monsters when they aren't informed. And the rest because they have too much pride. Also note, this article was ONLY ON PIGS. There's a lot more disgusting shit out there they do to cows, chickens, even HORSES. And you eat all of it. Congratulations.

Not trying to offend anyone, just being brutally honest.

Next time you decide to run through McDonalds for a quick lunch, remember this. Remember that you're the only reason places like McDonalds still exist.

If you've actually read through all of that, good for you. Either,

a) you'll totally disregard it, because OH GOD HELP YOU IF YOU CAN'T EAT THAT CHEESEBURGER!

b) you'll take this into consideration and do some good in the world.

c) you skipped to the very end of this blog because you didn't want to hear the vegetarian kid, bitch to you about killing poor helpless animals. i'm not gonna say anymore. that is all. =)


Ren said...

Oh, I could give you some good information to add to your disgust Kev!:)

Like the fact that there is SHIT mixed in with the meat. ugh. Jalen still likes his occasional cheeseburger......uck.

Ren said...

OH, and some people DO enjoy their meat and do not contribute to the cruel raising and slaughter methods you outlined btw.:)

Some people raise happy meat, on their own property or buy from local free-range farmers. Some people just seem to do better with heavier protein diets....better to not support the factory farms though. I agree with that.

Heather said...

I'm thankful Jeremy hunts and most of our meat our family eats is organic from being wild. Next step for us is raising our own chickens. I could easily eat less meat or no eat but I don't think the rest of my family could manage that change.

The factory farms are very disgusting to me...there are more humane ways of's just too bad not all the farmers practice them.

Snavleys said...

There are farmers who do things humanely though and I've had to show Kevin that side of it too. PETA is fanatic in so many areas and I want him to look at all sides of things.