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Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -- whether its victim is human or animal -- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world.    Rachel Carson

Should chickens go from birth do death crammed together in small cages, never seeing sunlight for scratching in dirt so that they can do nothing more than eat,  poop, & lay eggs? 


"Chickens are creatures of the earth who no longer live on the land.  In the industrialized world, billions of chickens are locked inside factory-farm buildings, and billions more are similarly confined in Africa, Asia, India, China, and other parts of the world where poultry factory farming is rapidly supplanting traditional small farming." Poisoned Chickens: Poisoned Eggs by Karen Davis, Ph.D., page 1


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 Beef

There are 42,000 feedlots in 13 states. After being castrated and having his horns removed, including the roots, male cattle get to graze 6-12 months.  Then, they are sent to feedlots and fed grains, hormones, food additives, antibiotics, and, sometimes, industrial sewage and oils (to reduce costs) to fatten them up.

The feed they receive is saturated with herbicides.  80% of all herbicides used in the US are sprayed on corn and soybeans, primarily fed to livestock.  These pesticides accumulate in their bodies.  These pesticides are passed to the consumers in their food.  After their long ride to the slaughter, several  hours or days in packed trucks without rest or nourishment, with some of the animals falling and getting trampled, they get their reward at the slaughterhouse.  Here they are butchered, dead or alive, with no regard.  Beyond Beef by Jeremy Rifkin, p. 11-15


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  Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production: "Today's complexes are able to reduce house caretaking and egg packing requirements to 15 persons per million hens."       Bell & Weaver 

But on today's modern farm cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and other animals are kept in overcrowded areas, often for half or even their entire lives.  Many of these animals are crammed into buildings or cages so that they are unable to exhibit normal behaviors.  They can't walk around, and they have concrete, wire or poop under their feet.  Many never feel grass or sunlight.  They are kept in the cruelest of conditions.  The small farmer is being systematically eliminated.  We have the choice of perpetuating these cruel practices or placing our vote against this by not eating animals. 

"Except for the low hum of a ventilation system, the sheds that I approached were quiet.  Every window was covered with thick blackout curtains, and it seemed as if nothing at all were inside.  After a few stops without finding a farmer at home, I decided to try one of the doors.  It wasn't locked, so I unfastened the latch, swung it open, and walked inside.  I was almost knocked to the ground by the overpowering smell of feces and ammonia.  My eyes burned and so did my lungs, and I could neither see nor breathe.  I put my arm across my mouth and immediately moved back toward the door, where I saw a dimmer switch.  I turned it up.

There must have been 30,000 chickens sitting silently on the floor in front of me.  They didn't even move, didn't cluck.  They were almost like statues of chickens, living in nearly total darkness, and they would spend every minute of their six-week lives that way.  Despite the ventilation system, there wasn't much air in the room, and I fled quickly."  Michael Specter, New Yorker, Extremist, April 14, 2003, p.63 (broiler chicken farm)

 It you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  The Dalai Lama 

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