Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Turkeys: Before The Table

I don't eat meat. It used to be for health reasons, but now it's mainly because I literally cannot stomach the cruelty perpetuated against animals in the industries that prepare them to become food. My personal view is that we all have a responsibility to understand what happens to animals before they wind up as carcasses on our dinner plates, and it's also my belief that if more people were aware of the poor treatment that animals receive they would work to make the system more humane - so at least if humans must eat animals, we can do so in a way that minimizes the pain caused to them.

If you are interested, check out the below video, filmed by an undercover investigator from PETA. It's short and not as informative as some of PETA's other videos, but it gives you a sense for the kind of senseless cruelty that turkeys are exposed to while waiting to be slaughtered. If they have to die, they should at least be treated with dignity and compassion. After all, if giants invaded the world and started eating us, wouldn't you want to be treated - at a bare minimum - with dignity and compassion?


Starshine said...

I recently read a book called Skinny Bitch that talks about the poor treatment and sometimes cruel treatment of animals by the people who slaughter them. It was really sad and heart-breaking. While I eat mostly veggie, I will occassionally eat meat, but thinking about what I read in the book doesn't make it very appealing. Maybe I will become a die-hard vegan at some point.

M said...

I seem to have health problems when I completely cut out meat. I have tried to be a vegetarian several times because I hate the cruel treatment of animals before slaughter.

I rented a movie you might like: Year of the Dog. The subject matter touches on animal issues.

Buttercup said...

Starshine - Did you like skinny bitch? It seemed a little too nasty judgin by the title..?

M - Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.