Archive for March, 2009

March 15, 2009

– Of how disconnected people are from the reality of the meat industry –

This weekend, an article in the ‘Globes’, an Israeli economical newspaper, gave an account of the veterinarian authority’s state under the subject of “public health”.
The article describes the usual illegal actions of the meat industry, not from an animal view, obviously, but from a financial one.
One of the points were about  “importers” (great word for describing a transfer of live creature) who brought over calves, which were younger than the Australian “humane act” allows, so they won’t be needing vaccinations. The math is simple:
70 US$ a “head” x 9,000 “heads” per boat x 8 boats per year x 3 years = 15 million US dollars “saved” by the importers for not vaccinating the calves. At 70$ a “head”, the profit margin is immense. Though many of the calves die on board, never getting the chance to arrive in the holy land and get slaughtered in the cruel kosher way, the money attraction is a great one. The article makes a case from how some of the shipments of calves (the word used was, naturally, “veal”, but on the euphemism of the meat industry there is much more to write about) get stopped at the border, causing the farmers a loss of money, but never taking into account the animals on board, waiting in conditions which disgraces even the hypocritical “humane act”.
This article is not much different from many others written in Israeli newspapers, which fall under scary red titles of “fraud investigations” etc. demanding the reader’s attention. Only in this case, the numbers are actual live beings, who feel pain and fear, just like we do.

While only two weeks ago people were outraged to find that an Israeli fashion chain was selling fake fur, which turned out to be dog fur, not many people would read this article and be moved by the fact that calves are brought over all the way from Australia, in conditions more terrible than could be imagined, only to lie down next to some overly cooked greens and mashed potatoes.
Again the question arises, why people would be so shaken, deciding to boycott a chain selling dog fur, but then head on out to the nearest Murder King? Small images of cows, pigs and horses, standing docile, with titles of diseases written all over. During the disaster of the bird flu, a while back, certain “actions” were taken to overcome the problem. Meaning that many animals were gassed, chocked, mass murdered. We produce them, for our pleasure, we keep them confined in tiny spaces, preventing them their most basic rights. These methods we use today were “developed” back in the 50’s, when farmers wanted to produce more for less. They didn’t take into account that these were live animals, not products made out of plastic, and once forced to survive under certain conditions, will become sick and later on a danger. Though the irony here might be sweet, the ones getting fucked over are, again, the animals. How many people heard the radio  reports about chickens being gassed by the millions and felt sorry for them? I bet that most people were just happy to get rid of the “problem”,  so they can safely feast on dead animals and their “products”. We are the problem, we are the reason for this never ending holocaust. We, who choose not to give up our nuggets and omlets and sushi and spare ribs. We who take money from our little pockets and keep this mad industry running. If it wasn’t for our flesh greediness, none of this would have happened in the first place.


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