Including the wedding cake.
Paul McCartney has long been a prominent voice against the cruel treatment of animals in our factory farms around the world. A famous quote of his:
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarians.
Sadly, they don’t have glass walls, but we are still complicit in what goes on behind every single one of those walls. And, don’t kid yourself about dairy and eggs not being harmful to animals.
The life of a dairy cow is no picnic and the laying hens probably live a more horrible life than any of the other animals that we eat. And guess what happens to the male chicks in an egg factory? They are dropped into a plastic bag to smother to death along with their brothers — 250 million of them per year, just in the USA. Michael Pollan describes the lives of those female laying hens in our book:
It is routine practice to cram laying hens into cages so small that the birds are sometimes driven to cannibalize their cagemates. The solution to this ‘vice’—as the industry and the Department of Agriculture call such counterproductive behaviors in livestock (talk about blaming the victims!)—is to snip the beaks off the hens with hot knives, without the use of anesthetic.
In my recent post about our complicity when it comes to the treatment of animals, I included the following video illustrating the life of your sausage before it reaches your pizza. I couldn’t make it past the first minute. The sound alone made we want to scream. My son didn’t make it past the first minute either. But neither of us eats pork or any dead animal (or animal product) for that matter and didn’t feel that we needed to watch it.
But I think that all of the meat, dairy and egg consumers of the world should be required to watch this kind of video. And, if they can’t make it all the way to the end, they shouldn’t be allowed to eat any more animal foods. Got any animal-food lovers that you’d like to share this with?
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