Chinese Dogs Rescued En Route to Butcher

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These dogs were rescued by Chinese activists before they could be slaughtered for meat. According to this article from the NPR site , such rescues are occuring more regularly as dogs are increasingly becoming pets. A good story from China for once. exotic meats animal rescue Slaughterhouse dogs china

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on the Degradation of the Butcher

Animal Ethics

Of all recognised occupations by which, in civilised countries, a livelihood is sought and obtained, the work which is looked upon with the greatest loathing (next to the Hangman's) is that of the Butcher—as witness the opprobrious sense which the word "butcher" has acquired.

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Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

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horses destined to die and be butchered in one of Canada’s equine slaughterhouses for human consumption abroad.” Dempsey says if rumblings of a new plan by the giant Canadian horse meat packing company Bouvry Exports-Calgary to reopen the Florence Packing plant on Florence Road for equine slaughter are true, Stanwood soon might become better known as the region’s “Butcher Shop for Horses”.

Romain Rolland on Animal Suffering

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But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime. Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915.

Horse Slaughter Could Start Up Again in One Month

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Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. that butcher horses for human consumption now, but if one were to open, it would conduct inspections to make sure federal laws were being followed. Bad news for horses in the US. Of course, right now, they're just being shipped to Canada and Mexico anyway, where health and welfare standards are much, much lower. Read the complete article at

Modern Day Cattle Rustlers

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Known for a distinctive hump at the base of the neck, Brahman cattle are rare here and would be easily spotted at a local auction, leading investigators to think the rustlers already had a buyer — or a butcher — lined up. Here is an interesting article about cattle rustling. Crashing through a gate in the dead of night, thieves using trucks and trailers recently robbed a farmer here of 53 Brahman crossbreed cows valued at some $50,000.

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Wild Thing

Animal Ethics

Look at all the animals you can kill, butcher, cook, and eat in one city. It makes me want to go out and slaughter a gopher

Quote of the Week

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But the thousands of daily deaths of animals are hidden away and on the butcher's shelf meat looks innocuous, nothing like the living thing it was. How many meat-eaters would cut the throat of a cow themselves, and hack open its belly with a knife to empty its intestines? It is odd: we prosecute anyone who is cruel to a cow - by beating it or giving it electric shocks, say - yet the connection between that fact and the dinner table is rarely made. Grayling.

I’m Vegan, and No, I’m Not a Freak

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But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. The Romain Rolland quote I posted last week has been on my mind a lot lately: To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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When Staci, an ex-vegetarian who now eats raw meat, writes to Herzog that she thinks it takes bravery to kill animals (she says “butcher) and talks about “reverence” and “completing the cycle” and that “taking responsibility is somehow the balm that soothes the horror,” I wonder why Herzog isn’t disgusted by that and doesn’t want to call her out for her ridiculous verbiage that means nothing to the animals she kills.

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On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

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Butcher (no joke) from Montana: " “No one has to send a horse to a processing plant. Butcher plainly speaks of the use of horses and that those not usable perhaps should be killed. " Surge in Abandoned Horses Renews Debate Over Slaughterhouses " in today's New York Times begs a lot of questions that I wonder how you would answer. Let's deconstruct: The facts of the case: "Emaciated horses eating bark off trees. Abandoned horses tied to telephone poles.

On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

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Some have tried to resolve this gap by hunting or butchering an animal themselves, as if those experiences might somehow legitimize the endeavor of eating animals. I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer. His writing is beautiful, though I do have to admit that I haven't seen "shit" and its variations so frequently in one printed piece in quite a while. Ever, in fact.

On Wearable "Roadkill"

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However the designers also use discarded parts of animals killed by butchers, to "give new life to something that would normally be thrown away." Angus sent me a link to " Animal Parts: High Style of Just Plain Beastly " wherein Zosia Bielski reports that "hipsters are going whole hog, donning road kill as accessories and cow hooves on their feet.".

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Crime Gang Dealing in Rhino Horn and Elephant Ivory

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Also referred to as “The Butcher of Matabeleland”, he is the architect of Zimbabwe’s terrifying state security apparatus, creator of Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Office (CIO) - and rumored to be next in line for president after Mugabe. This is big, scary business out there, not some struggling poor people trying to survive. Like in arms dealing and drug smuggling, we are talking dangerous and powerful criminals. And where is the demand coming from? China of course!

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Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on Zoophily

Animal Ethics

Few of us, comparatively, care to murder birds in "sport," and still fewer to cut up living animals in the supposed interests of "science," but we have all been taught to regard flesh-food as a necessity, and it is a matter, at first, of some effort and self-denial to rid ourselves of complicity in butchering.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on the Ridicule of Vegetarians

Animal Ethics

Above all, the fear of ridicule, acting on the natural unwillingness of mankind to venture along unknown paths, is a strong deterrent; for there are still many persons to whom the idea of abstinence from butchers' meat is positively a matter for merriment, and it seems fated that Vegetarianism, like every new principle, must be a target for such shafts. But what of the many individual failures, it is asked, among those who make trial of Vegetarianism?

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

While this tragedy will increase calls for sorely needed government regulation, the real answer lies in the hands of each one of us: buy your burger from a local butcher who processes his ground beef daily on the premises. To the Editor: Re “ The Burger That Shattered Her Life: Trail of E. Coli Shows Flaws in Ground Beef Inspection System ” (front page, Oct. 4): Your article about E.