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Friday, June 14, 2013

It Is Legal to Kill a Farm Animal, but It Is Illegal to . . .

  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to download music from the internet.  
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to jaywalk.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to copy movies.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to use another's wireless connection.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to drive without car insurance.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to let the U.S. flag touch the ground.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to urinate outside.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to video tape slaughterhouse workers abusing and killing farm animals. (Ag Gag laws
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to liberate animals from companies and laboratories that abuse and kill them.
  • It is legal to kill a farm animal, but it is illegal to peacefully protest businesses that abuse and kill animals. (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act- AETA)
See a trend? It is illegal to do many innocuous things, including that which seek to protect animals from industries that treat them as little more than commodities, but killing a farm animal is not one of them. In fact, it is acceptable—even welcomed—to systematically kill farm animals in numbers that overwhelm (63 billion yearly) and disregard the sentience and uniqueness of each individual animal.  

A dominant consumer-oriented culture exists that thrives on our complacency and corroboration, and continually encourage us to submit to carnism, the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals and accept that it is normal, natural and necessary to do so. Furthermore, laws exist that reinforce these beliefs and protect animal abusers while punishing the victims—the animals themselves. 

As a society, we recognize the law and the social contract between humans that says we should not harm one another, and yet we find absurd excuses to segregate, exploit and kill non-human animals, particularly pigs, chickens, goats, cows, turkeys, and ducks—who think, feel, and behave similarly to us human animals.

In other words, we have allowed—even legitimized—horrific abuses to take place in our name against our fellow earthlings while turning a blind eye to them. In truth, by consuming animals and their secretions, we collude in their deaths. It is an appalling and egregious injustice that we tolerate and perpetuate every single day as we sit down to eat.

Whatever you may think about the taste of animals and their flesh is meaningless and inconsequential compared to the suffering animals needlessly go through to have their bodies, babies and fluids end up on our plates. 

Please educate yourself and others and make the ethical, compassionate, and healthier decision to go vegan today.

2 comments:

jayme reynolds said...

Animal rights and the well treatment of animals are important aspects of being a responsible animal owner. Some laws have been put in place to help protect animals and regulate breeding industries; equine law is the best example that I can think of. I'm all for laws that protect animals well being, within reason of course.

Bethany Cortale said...

Animal rights does not coincide with ownership. We can be guardians of other beings, but those who "own" others are rarely concerned about their rights. Farm animals have no rights. Furthermore, what is "within reason" and who gets to decide that? We have some laws to protect cats and dogs, but what makes pigs and chickens and cows any different? There is no difference.