Halal Slaughter Causing a Furor In Quebec

Critter News

I think the issue stems from this being an Islamic practice and the fear of contaminated meat, not concern for the animals. Two political parties in Quebec are speaking out about the ritual slaughter of animals, but a Jewish advocacy group is confident that kashrut is not being targeted. The opposition Parti Québécois and the Coalition For Quebec's Future declared their concerns about halal meat, which comes from animals that are slaughtered according to Islamic law.

Horse Slaughter Could Start Up Again in One Month

Critter News

for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month. Slaughter opponents pushed a measure cutting off funding for horse meat inspections through Congress in 2006 after other efforts to pass outright bans on horse slaughter failed in previous years. exotic meats horses legislation horse slaughter us

New Horse Slaughter Rules to Appear in Canada

Critter News

The Animal Welfare Institute thinks these new rules could be a blow to the horse slaughter industry, but only if actually implemented. Tags: canada meat horse slaughter Slaughterhouse

Washington Town to Become Horse Slaughter Capital?

Critter News

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”. pigs peace animal sancturay State of Washington horses horse slaughter agriculture meatpacking

Undercover Video Sparks Calls for Canadian Ban on Horse Meat

Critter News

Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on the sale of horse meat after disturbing video at a slaughterhouse in west Quebec was sent to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. For the coalition, it was added evidence there needs to be a ban on horse meat for more than just health reasons. canada animal abuse meat quebec horse slaughterExcerpted from CTV.CA.

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Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

Critter News

THE DUTCH parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban the ritual slaughter of livestock. This could halt production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands – and lead to similar campaigns in other European countries. 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.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

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." Words like 'pastured,' 'grass-fed,' and 'free-range' are now synonymous with quality meat; they carry a potent if symbolic meaning that has eased many a consumer’s conscience and driven many a marketing campaign." The chef's perspective is represented by Dan Barber, who serves Eggleston's meat.

Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

Critter News

This article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesI don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

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. Well, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to being able to produce “meat with no feet&#. “The Washington D.C.

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Chinese Dogs Rescued En Route to Butcher

Critter News

These dogs were rescued by Chinese activists before they could be slaughtered for meat. exotic meats animal rescue Slaughterhouse dogs chinaAccording 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.

750+ Geese Rounded Up For Slaughter at Jamaica Bay

10,000 Birds

New York City’s premiere wildlife refuge proved to be no refuge for Canada Geese on Monday morning as federal agents rounded up 711 geese – including goslings – and packed them up for a trip to upstate New York where they will be gassed and their meat will be provided to food banks.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

On March 11th, RPA sent the governors of all 50 states a letter and two factsheets urging them to help get their land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. The meat industry is inherently destructive and inhumane, there is no way to make it otherwise, and much of the harm it does to ecosystems is by inflicting suffering and death on billions of nonhuman animals, farmed and free-living, each year. Many say you can’t eat meat and be an environmentalist.

Escaped Cow Goes to Sanctuary

Critter News

A cow that escaped from a slaughter house in NY City has been allowed to go to an animal sanctuary. Tags: meat animal rescue Slaughterhouse cows meatpacking

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Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

Critter News

Tyson Larson introduced LB 305 on Wednesday, which would create a state meat inspection program, which would in turn allow horse meat to be transported across state lines. nebraska horses horse slaughterFrom the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen.

A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

Here’s another self-interested reason to not eat meat: Drug-resistant bacteria are routinely found in beef, chicken, and pork sold in supermarkets. To find out more of what the meat industry and pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know, read this Associated Press column by Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza. Slaughter’s bill banning the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed. Make a conscious choice to not eat meat.

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. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-approved slaughter method that is currently used to kill 75 percent of turkeys and 25 percent of chickens in the United Kingdom and 10 percent of all birds in the European Union.

"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

We don't advocate "happy meat" but veganism. Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Abolition Animal Rights Pig slaughter Spain Veganism You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality. He recently wrote me: We are an abolitionist group and our approach is "Educate, Investigate & Liberate".

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

Animal Ethics

that slaughters horses for human consumption. Since it is illegal to sell horse meat for human consumption in the U.S., you might wonder how it is that Cavel has been able to brutally slaughter horses for human consumption right here in the U.S. but that leaves open the possibility of slaughtering horses for human consumption abroad. You can learn more about the harsh realities of horse slaughter here and here.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

8) The argument for the immorality of eating meat continues with two additional, undeniable premises: (3) The animals that become that meat are killed. There is also little dispute concerning the following premise: (4) The animals that become that meat are reared in ways that subject them to intense pain and suffering for much of their lives. 754-5) Perhaps, eating meat, while not strictly necessary for our survival, is necessary for us to thrive and be optimally healthy.

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Animal Person

Hal Herzog writes about how many people who say they are vegetarians will also say they ate meat within the last 24 hours. 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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Good News?

10,000 Birds

New York City killed less Canada Geese this year than any year since they started rounding the geese up and slaughtering them. Not only that, but the breast meat of the geese will be donated to food pantries. The cullings have happened every year since the 2009 emergency landing of a US Airways plane in the Hudson River after the plane struck geese and was disabled. Asides

Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

One of them was pretty educated about the evils of factory farming, and said that she didn’t eat much meat because she had to know where it came from. After a lot of back and forth about how animals are treated, how ethical meat consumption is, and why I’m vegan, we ended up with them stating that animals wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for humans to eat them – as in, they were put on this earth specifically for us to use as we see fit.

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

And what follows, as you might imagine, is his support of "ethical meat" (for those who insist on eating animals). 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. I immensely enjoyed "EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED" (even on the big screen) and eagerly anticipated "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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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. Meat consumption just keeps going up and up because they’re finding new markets and getting their current customers to eat event more meat. The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices.

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Let’s Catch Up!

Creature Talk

It is a haunting, disturbing, thrilling, and often heartbreaking film about the dolphin trade and consequent slaughter in Japan. Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user. Most are abandoned or euthanized, or sometimes sold into slaughter.

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Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

years, during which I made the transition from meat-loving omnivore to vegetarian to vegan. Slaughtered them ourselves!&# Um… not exactly what I meant when I said I like chickens. After a 7 month hiatus from this blog, I wonder: is anyone still out there? Anyone waiting for me to post? I bet you are just beside yourself with curiosity about where I’ve been. Answer: first I was trying to get a new job, then I got a new job, and now I’m BUSY as heck.

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“You Want Farm Animals to Go Extinct!”

Creature Talk

Chickens who are bred for meat grow so large so quickly that even with the best of care, they do not live long. If an animal never existed, s/he would never know s/he never existed, but when an animal lives in pain and fear every day of his/her short life, and then is brutally slaughtered at the hands of humans, s/he knows it. This is one of my favorite responses from omnivores when they find out that I would love it if the whole world stopped eating animals.

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. We all know junk-food vegans and vegans who eat "faux meat" products every day. But they too lead one to accept "ethical meat" as an option because their focus is on suffering.

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On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Like when they're about to be, say, slaughtered? Not to mention the reality that there is so much more involved in being bred for slaughter than pain, and none of that is addressed. If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience.

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Castellare di Castellina: Chianti Classico (2019)

10,000 Birds

Shrikes were practicing their own form of butchery – that is, their particular practice of impaling their kills from thorns and barbed wire for later eating – long before we began domesticating and slaughtering livestock on our own.

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On Indigenous People and Animals

Animal Person

Cain=farmer=evil murderer; Abel=slaughtered animals=victim/good son. Second, if the people who believe this would eat all of their "meat" unseasoned and raw, after having killed the source animal with their bare hands and ripped open the carcass with nothing but said hands and some teeth, I'd feel like maybe their argument was at least sincere.

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A Look at Humane Farming

Animal Ethics

The film Partitions (running time: 14 min) by Audrey Kali gives an intimate glimpse of the ethical struggles that five small-scale meat farmers face when their animals are slaughtered. The farmers in the film confront very difficult questions posed by the filmmaker about why they think their approach to processing of meat is different than that of factory farming.

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On Not Eating Animals

Animal Person

as I was running this morning, I couldn't help wonder what the difference is between his book and The Compassionate Carnivore and the myriad others written by people who despise factory farming, yet claim to love animals (and of course love their "meat," and find a way to get it while not feeling bad about it). And when you have people who slaughter animals for a living on your side, in my mind your pro-animal message loses credibility.

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Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! Susan e-mailed after receiving RPA's news release on the organization's recent mailing to the governors of all 50 states about our land-grant universities' (LGUs') meat-industry problem. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

On the Banning of Eating Cats and Dogs in China

Animal Person

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. But my initial reaction is that this is like Americans giving up "red meat."

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On Responding to Jokes that Feature Animal Abuse

Animal Person

my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!" "Do Why is the torture and slaughter of sentient nonhumans to satisfy one's taste buds so easily made into a joke by some people? Here's the problem: A friend doesn't respect my veganism. My evidence? She jokes about it. She jokes about eating animals. And then I get this. Here's something to think about. I recently picked a new primary care doctor.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

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. There is an abundance of information on the web about undercover investigations, livestock conditions, slaughter procedures, etc. You are not processing their wellbeing, but their carcasses for meat.

On Talking With Veterinarians About Vegan Food

Animal Person

None of those approve of a vegan diet and all it took was one conversation, and me hearing that "they have to eat meat" from people who believe people "have to eat meat" to know that the issue wasn't ever going to be resolved. Do you politely say that you've done the research and are convinced that a vegan diet is perfectly appropriate for most dogs and has the added bonus of not putting you in a position where you're supporting the needless slaughter of other animals?

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Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

Critter News

The only cool thing is that Gene Bauer's views on the meat industry are so similar to those expressed on this blog a few weeks ago. Baur believes that slaughterhouse cruelty can be reduced by simple operational changes, such as slowing down the slaughter lines. This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? I certainly didn't. No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there.

Birding the Kruger Park (2): Bateleur area

10,000 Birds

Preliminary Study of Slaughter Value and Meat Characteristics of 18 Months Ostrich Reared in Hungary. Bateleur is a very small camp in the Kruger Park – a bit remote, but worth visiting.

On Coping Mechanisms

Animal Person

I long for the realistic hope that one second will pass without torture and slaughter and enslavement, and I know perfectly well that that second, despite Earth Days and Earth Hours and Meat-Free Days, isn't going to happen. Yesterday , Abby wrote: Off topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice for those of us who are highly emotionally sensitive and also interested in animal welfare issues?

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R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

Animal Ethics

Indeed, our feeling of revulsion may be so intense that we simply can no longer bring ourselves to eat meat. We become vegetarians in this way, however, only if we are revolted to a degree sufficient to overcome our fondness or liking for meat; and whether we are going to be sufficiently revolted by what we read and hear cannot be known in advance by the advocate of vegetarianism.

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A Good Day for Horses

Animal Ethics

Horses destined for inhumane slaughter in the U.S. According to this story in the Northern Star, a federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that the USDA can no longer inspect horse meat for a fee. Because animal flesh sold for human consumption abroad must be inspected by a USDA inspector, the court ruling may mean that the few remaining horse-slaughtering plants in the U.S.—including A previous post on the "Horse Slaughter Bill" (H.R.

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