How Do We Let This Happen?

Normally, I write about sources and techniques for innovation, or matters related to emotional intelligence and leadership, but today is a different topic.  One that most people don't know about and it is utterly shocking.  

I recently attended a conference in Washington that revealed the atrocities occurring in slaughter houses in North America today.  It happens because of a lack of transparency.  I believe that most people are compassionate, and if they know what is happening, they will make different choices.

This is common practice, not the exception:

 ·       Cows, calves, lambs and pigs are being butchered while alive

 ·       These same animals get their tails cut off without any anaesthesia

 ·       Female pigs must now live their lives in gestation crates – these crates are so small that     
      they cannot stand up or move. They are bred past the point of exhaustion, then they die

 ·       Baby calves are chained up in tiny pens where they cannot move or see the light of day      
      until 
they are butchered

 ·       Chickens are couped up in cages so tightly that they are suspended in the air and can  
      barely breathe.  Many farms have windowless coups where in the summer the temperature
      reaches a scorching 100 degrees.  Many die of dehydration. The so-called ‘’free range”
      chicken is not much better.  The only difference is that they can spread their wings, but they
      still cannot otherwise move

 There are actually more gruesome, violent acts being perpetrated every day, every hour against these animals.  Their suffering is truly unimaginable.  You don’t have to believe me.  Just Google factory farming – you’ll find lots of evidence.  Here’s an undercover video for you to see for yourself:

 http://www.meatvideo.com

The slaughter houses not long ago did not engage in these activities.

99% of factory farms today are houses of horror, so it’s difficult to find one that practices humane slaughter.  If you are a meat eater, and choose to continue, all I ask is that you please cut back on the quantity of meat (beef, pork, poultry) you eat each week so that less animals will suffer.  You can make a difference. By having Meatless Mondays, or trying semi-vegetariansim, you will prevent some suffering.  There are plenty of ways to get protein, moreover, and you will be healthier for it.  If you want to make a bigger difference, pass this on to inform others.  

Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and the Humane Society are some of the organizations that are doing their best to stop this barbarism.  I'm going to do my best to help them fight this violence. Admittedly, many of us are busy in our demanding jobs with little time to spare, but all of us can stop or cut back on eating animals with very little effort.

Posted on July 24, 2014 .