Tuesday, February 26, 2008

One More Thing

On the list of to do’s for the day there is but one more item, and it is defending yet another category of animals, those used for food; the slaughter house animals.

With the recent events circulating about the horrific conditions caught in an undercover video and in the possession of the Humane Society of The United States (www.hsus.org) , of the inhumane treatment of animals for human food consumption, discussions and debates around the work water cooler, local supermarket meat departments and even classrooms have been similar; people disgusted and outraged after witnessing the video of downed cows being tortured on their way to slaughter.

It can no longer be denied that animals are being treated with such disgusting and unacceptable cruelty. Even if there isn’t a slaughter house or meat packing plant in the local community for people to witness it firsthand, the fact is, these animals are being killed in horrifying ways just for human needs.

Now that the message has finally reached beyond those in the animal movement, there is no denying this message and animal advocates should be just a few of the spokespeople to stand up for them. Anyone working with or around even companion animals knows how important it is to give them a voice, so why not allow our professionalism help factory farm animals as well?

As humane advocates the message ought to be that all animals be part of the regular dialogue for compassionate treatment. Collectively this field needs to acknowledge and defend the rights of all animals. There is an excellent article in the Saturday, February 23, Wall Street Journal by David Desmodel, called, "Meatpacker to Shut Down In Wake of Massive Recall."
If you’d like to see the entire article, please click on the link below:
Also to keep updated with the leading organization (the HSUS) on this issue and for their Presidents Message, make sure you check out Wayne’s blog at http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/


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