Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

Critter News

THE DUTCH parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban the ritual slaughter of livestock. However, Jewish and Islamic groups which can prove animals do not suffer more during ritual killing than in an ordinary slaughterhouse will be able to apply for permits. Dutch law requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, but has long allowed an exemption for Muslims and orthodox Jews, who can legally butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules.

German Artist Wants to Kill Puppies to Protest Dog Killings

Critter News

An unidentified German actor has been stopped by Berlin’s administrative court, following his announcement that he planned to strangle two puppies with cable wires on stage to protest against the slaughter of sled dogs in Alaska and hunting dogs in Spain, with their death being accompanied by a funeral march music and loud gong. I had to read this twice before it sunk in. I wonder if he was just threatening to do this for the publicity. Bizarre.

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More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

Critter News

I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. Controlled-atmosphere killing is a U.S.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

And the absurdity is in the reality that the author and the featured person who kills sentient nonhumans for a living, think they're onto something. While plenty of people pay attention to the question of what it means to raise an animal humanely, far fewer stop to consider the notion—and the ostensible paradox—of humane slaughter." And perhaps that "better" will distract the reader from the undeniable fact of the unjust slaughter. All you need to know is one word: slaughter.

Study Claims Islamic Slaughtering More Humane

Critter News

I came across this strange article about German research on which slaughter method creates more pain for the animal: the Western method of stunning or the Islamic method of a cut to the neck. The Islamic practice of slaughtering animals by means of a sharp cut to the front of the neck has frequently come under attack by some animal rights activists as being a form of animal cruelty, the claim being that it is a painful inhumane method of killing animals.

Suit Filed Over Cows Killed to Drive Up Milk Prices

Critter News

The class-action lawsuit accuses companies of slaughtering thousands of cows just to decrease supply. Animal rights group Compassion Over Killing was the first to uncover the alleged systematic slaughter of healthy dairy cows in California. dairy cows were slaughtered over seven years to artificially reduce the supply of milk and drive up prices. The cooperatives got together and instituted what we'll call a killing program; they retired cows," he said.

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Egypt Begins Slaughtering Pigs to Avoid Swine Flu

Critter News

The Egyptian government has begun slaughtering all of the pigs in the country. From the NY Times: Egypt has begun forcibly slaughtering the country’s pig herds as a precaution against swine flu, a move that the United Nations described as “a real mistake” and one that is prompting anger among the country’s pig farmers. There are a estimated 300,000 that will be killed.

On Thanking Slaughtered Sheep for Book Awards

Animal Person

Well, she apparently did such a great job convincing the folks at the Minnesota Book Awards that you can claim to love animals and then send them to slaughter, that not only was she a finalist for their award, but she won it. She expressed her gratitude for those she kills in her book, as well: "When I first ate a meal from one of our lambs, I thought I'd be upset, since it'd been so hard to take them to the abbattoir.

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Seal Slaughter Stopped by Russia. Canada? Not So Much.

Critter News

Kudos for Russian leader Vladimir Putin for stopping the slaughter of seals. Conservation groups have staged protests in 20 Russian cities this week, demanding an end to the slaughter. Activists accused Norwegian companies of encouraging the killing because seal hunting was no longer allowed in their own country Maybe Canada can learn something from the former KGB agent and avid hunter about compassion.

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On the Renewed Debate Over Horse Slaughter

Animal Person

The problem is that people are abandoning and neglecting horses, and to address that problem--to address the problem that people abandon horses--we'll kill the horses? Not approving the institutionalized slaughter of the horses we claim to hold so dear lowers that value. Butcher plainly speaks of the use of horses and that those not usable perhaps should be killed. Do we recommend killing those children?

Egypt Kills Thousands of Pigs for No Reason

Creature Talk

According to the New York Times, “Egypt ordered the pig slaughter even though there hasn’t been a single case of swine flu there and no evidence that pigs have spread the disease.&# How typical that we humans blame this epidemic on pigs, and kill them without a second thought! This virus was created by HUMANS when we put thousands and thousands of pigs into small quarters (breeding grounds for disease), it is spreading human to human , and we are killing pigs?

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. For some people, it is inhumane to eat meat in any situation, no matter how well the animal is treated prior to and during slaughter. The eventual kill is quick, clean, and painless. Factory farming is not conducive to quick, clean, and painless kills.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on "Humane Slaughter"

Animal Ethics

The plea that animals might be killed painlessly is a very common one with flesh-eaters, but it must be pointed out that what-might-be can afford no exemption from moral responsibility for what-is. More barbarous, or less barbarous, such slaughtering may undoubtedly be, according to the methods employed, but the "humane" slaughtering, so much bepraised of the sophist, is an impossibility in fact and a contradiction in terms.

On The Respectful Emperor

Animal Person

When I think about the language that has been used by people who kill animals or have someone else do it for them, a couple of years ago the "compassionate" trend began. Lipka introduced me to the idea of killing "respectfully."

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It's Back! The Horror of Horse Slaughter in DeKalb

Animal Ethics

After witnessing hours if not days of senseless killing, someone finally musters the courage to take on the killer and delivers what has to be a devastating blow. We relax and let out a sigh of relief, and just as we let our guard down, the wicked monster suddenly reemerges (from the flames or the lake or the bathtub or the earth itself) to kill again and again. that slaughters horses for human consumption. One can't kill horses for human consumption within the U.S.,

Peter Singer on the Wrongness of Killing Animals

Animal Ethics

The argument for vegetarianism is not based on any claim about the wrongness of killing animals—although some careless reviewers read this claim into my book, no doubt because they assumed that any moral argument for vegetarianism must be based on the wrongness of killing. I explicitly avoided taking a position on the wrongness of killing animals, for I wanted the book to reach non-philosophers, and the issue of killing cannot be dealt with briefly and simply.

Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

They also tried to tell me that veganism is no better because of all the animals that are killed in the process of harvesting vegetables and grains. Let’s walk through this: yes, small animals and insects are killed in modern agriculture in the planting and harvesting of various crops.

To My Friends at Thanksgiving

Animal Person

When in the position of having the choice, which so far is always, I'd rather choose not to have someone killed for me. This is a tough one to even dignify as it's not a good reason for killing someone. But they always have their desire to not be killed.

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What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

As I sit here writing this, animals across the world are being slaughtered by the thousands every second. But it’s not enough if you’re a cow awaiting imminent death in the slaughter line.

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On Being Upset by Carnage That Comes Too Soon

Animal Person

It never ceases to amaze me that people will get upset about the death of an animal whose killing was their job. That carnage wasn't observed after the animals were slaughtered, but before he could get to slaughter them.

Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. More importantly, those animals suffer greatly during their short lives, only to end up at a slaughter house where they will be killed for food.

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

Cain=farmer=evil murderer; Abel=slaughtered animals=victim/good son. In fact, I'd even permit them to not ever kill anyone, but rather to eat the kill of another that has been quietly decomposing for a day or two, as many carnivores do.

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Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting

Animal Person

The unnecessary killing of a terrified animal who was likely fighting for his life, becomes he lined up to be slaughtered so you may dine on his flesh. I was going to change Animal Person to Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting and come back to blogging.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

The Nimans move him, as do several other farmers, including one who "apologizes to his animals as they are sent off to slaughter" (244), as if that's any consolation to someone whose life you are about to take when you don't need to.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Whenever the media report that someone has killed "an endangered animal" or "an endangered species," they too confuse an individual with a species. Hunters kill members of endangered species.

On Going Vegan

Animal Person

Of course, as a result, "ethical meat" becomes an option unless one realizes that killing when you don't need to is killing when you don't need to, no matter if it occurs in a slaughterhouse or in a mobile slaughter operation or in a backyard.

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On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

People in South Florida are still in an uproar over the mutilation and slaughter of 19 house cats (allegedly) by 18-year old Tyler Weinman, who was declared mentally competent and not a danger to himself or others (!). Felony animal cruelty is the cruel killing of an animal, and he is also being charges with 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body.) The four counts of burglary he is being charged with carry a heftier sentence than the animal killing.

On "The Wild"

Animal Person

The problem with that statement is it's not as if farmers are searching "the wild" for cows, pigs, chicken and fish, plucking them from their homes, and plopping them on a farm to live out their (shortened) lives prior to slaughter. They are created to be slaughtered. And their lives of exploitation, torment, torture and slaughter cannot be compared to an animal's life in the wild. We can choose not to kill and eat someone we do not need to eat in order to survive.

Five-Year Old Shoots 35-Year Old in Head

Animal Person

It saddens me, and I find it extremely disturbing, that a five-year old child is giddy, and his parents (and the journalists on this program) are so pleased that he killed a 35-40-year old alligator. Let's deconstruct a few details: The young boy shot the alligator, who had been trapped , in the head and killed him. Basically the animal was five feet in front of him, and the boy shot him in the head, killing him. Killing them is fun. Check this out. link].

On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

Minus that role, the term implies, such an animal has no place; if they aren't some human's companion, or their companionship fails to please, they can be abandoned or killed" (8). Often it permanently disables or kills.

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On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Now, any medication we take and surgical procedures we undergo also have a long line of breeding, enslavement, torture and killing of sentient nonhumans leading up to them, so objecting to "knockout animals" on those grounds is to stand on somewhat thin ice. Why kill and maim and waste taxpayer dollars--or any dollars--on such things? Like when they're about to be, say, slaughtered?

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On the Eating of Seafood

Animal Person

That brief trailer could be a gift in the disguise of paradoxical message about how we can still kill and eat fish, yet not be at war with them. That tells me that we're still at war, as we are going to continue to kill fish because we can and we want to.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

Animal Person

And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. Corwin tells the story of the Maasai of Kenya, whose culture involved disdain for and slaughter of lions.

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Everything in Moderation?

Animal Person

Slaughter in moderation. In fairness, I think that what the linguistically lazy are really trying to say is that a little bit of a bad thing isn't going to kill you. But it might kill someone else, as in the case of hot dogs, considering no creature gets out of the hot-dog making process alive. You may recall me writing about TD, my tax-resisting, raw-food eating, no-TV watching, parachuting-into-nuclear reactor(ing?) boyfriend of over 20 years ago.

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On Surreal Lobster Advocacy

Animal Person

I don't agree that the game is "no different than a lobster tank" (at least conceptually--I haven't seen it), but "animal rights activists" should be campaigning for the cessation of the slaughter and consumption of lobsters, shouldn't they? If they want what's best for lobsters, they should be advocating for not killing and eating them at any restaurant (and then I guess the question becomes: why stop at lobsters).

Zambian Police Officers Caught in Ivory Trafficking

Critter News

Zawa director general, Lewis Saiwana said in Lusaka yesterday that the suspects were arrested for trafficking in 72 pieces of elephant ivory and five pieces of rhino horns.For such huge ivory, Dr Saiwana said the poachers killed 36 elephants but, however, said it was suspected that the animals were killed from neighbouring countries and not in Zambia. That's a huge slaughter in my opinion.

On Egypt's Pig Cull

Animal Person

But though the pigs weren't originally destined for a mass grave, weren't they destined for slaughter nonetheless? CIWF wants to "halt the brutal killing of these animals, and to ensure that they can be assured of a humane future." What does that look like for pigs who have been brought into this world for the sole purpose of being products to be traded and eventually killed?

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On Compassionate Carnivores and Betrayal

Animal Person

Yes, I do think it's better to have lived a comfortable life and then be slaughtered than to have been tortured the entire time and then be slaughtered. And regardless of how you treat someone when they're live and regardless of how you kill them, if you don't need to kill them and you're doing so merely to please your palate, how do you justify what you're doing?

Animals Dying in Virunga National Forest

Critter News

Dozens of animals have been killed by armed groups at Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of the year, park officials and environmental groups said Tuesday. Four chimpanzees were killed last week in the central zone and 11 elephants since the start of the year," park director Emmanuel de Merode told AFP. He added "a large number of game animals", including antelopes, had also been slaughtered.

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

On Not Eating Animals

Animal Person

In fact, both books glorify small farms (though Foer is more selective), and both have the support of people who create and kill animals. And when you have people who slaughter animals for a living on your side, in my mind your pro-animal message loses credibility. It's okay to produce animals to use them and then kill them (or kill them to use their parts as food).

On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

If you don't have to enslave, rape, dominate, or kill someone (or have someone else do it for you), why would you? Why choose enslavement, rape, domination and slaughter? So we went from a ban to a vague statement about the prevention of abuse that clearly doesn't consider slaughter abusive.

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On Small Victories

Animal Person

Changes in the manner of slaughter (i.e., welfare") is the best that any of us can ever hope for, and of course what is a change in the way I kill you other than a change in the method by which you die. But that doesn't mean I'm going to support campaigns for changes in the way we use or kill animals, as that would be dishonest because it's not my goal. Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate?