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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I finally got around to watching this one (it's on Netflix). I had avoided it because I thought it was simply pushing the vegan way of life and that they'd be high and mighty about it.

I was wrong. The lady in the documentary seems to live similar to me, knowing what a small family farm looks like, but simply became an activist for the world. Once she saw what goes on in corporate farms and slaughterhouses, it made her cringe enough to not want to eat animals or their products anymore because of the way they are treated. The pictures did the same to me...

It's not just that the animals have to be killed that got me, I know that, how would my half a cow or two pork loins be in my freezer without that? (Btw, my cow lived on a family farm and I know where it got killed, well before the slaughterhouse...)

I was more disgusted by the way poultry is handled and the milk production of a large farm.

**Disclaimer** I'm About to Get Graphic**

You know that egg production? Only hens lay eggs, but I know you're all smart enough to know that. What happens to those chicks? First off, they're checked for gender. The males are then discarded, the show showed a large machine where the handlers (who didn't seem to care they were handling live animals) tossed the males into this siphon that brought them to a line where they were passed through a machine that had basically a meat grinder going... those babies were still alive just before they hit the quick moving grinder!

Then the lucky ones that get to grow up to lay eggs. They get to live in a cage with a few other hens about 3' x 3' each. Think that "free range" is better? On a corporate farm that just means they're not in cages, but a large barn huddled all together, with 3' of square feet per bird! It's not the cage you might see on a farm, which is movable, so they aren't sitting in their own filth and able to graze in a new place daily, like you see on small family farms.

Poultry is not as heavily controlled as the other animals for "humane treatment" as the other types of animals, I wonder if that's because they're smaller and easier to look past?

You'd think that they'd kill the animals by a bullet to the head? That's what I thought, I'm going to have to look into how my annual cow is killed now, if it's killed by the standard, I may just stop my meat eating all together, hard to do with a meat eater who won't watch the documentary. They have this big hammer thing and basically just knocks them out if it doesn't kill them the first time. Imagine what's going to happen when they sanitize the animal if it's not dead? The sanitizing process consists of a quick boil of the whole animal. I'll let your imagination go now...

But then there's the dairy department. You know how a mammal gives milk? It gets pregnant. On a corporate farm the animals don't have sex to get pregnant, they are artificially inseminated, with a baster. Think momma gets to see her baby for long? Nope, the baby is taken from her within the first 48 hours so she can give milk to us, the humans. I would assume even the non-hormone ladies still get the same treatment. That baby is sold for veal, yep, if you didn't know, veal is a baby cow, more often the male because the females can grow up to be milkers. Even as the mama is still milking, they get impregnated again to continue her supply. Gotta keep her supply going!

So now I'm thoroughly nauseated and my daily morning yogurt just doesn't taste as good knowing it comes from a corporate farm, even if it is deemed "organic" (that just means their feed has to be organic, it has little else to do with it).

Every time I read something new, I feel like I'm not doing enough for the environment every time I go grocery shopping. First there were pesticides, then there were GMO's, now I just may become more vegetarian (I usually only have meat once a day and dairy a couple of times a day) that I've ever been. Darn my love of bacon and yogurt!

I'd like to thank the makers of Vegucated, it was the most intelligent documentary on veganism that I've seen. It wasn't just telling you something without the facts to back it up like some documentaries do, it had it's research down.

I probably won't go completely vegan in my lifetime, but I'll look into more family farms for my sources, since there are so many to choose from and I can see how they work an live sustainably. Oh and it's cheaper to eat my veggies and beans than it is for a beef and potato meal often! I'll bet I can get my family to eat more vegetarian meals too, especially since I control our dinners! At least I'm not angry about veganism anymore, I finally understand their point of view.

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    It truly is disgusting how corporate farms operate. Both the way they grow produce and the way they handle the animals. :(
    1629 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I am so glad I am done eating for today before reading all this. I did know quite a bit of it as when we all were truck driving saw much of it first hand. Sometimes chickens escaped and were in the parking lots and I hope some of them got away. We didn't haul live things, only meat products. The worse thing to haul was hides. Ew.
    1629 days ago
    In the UK the authorities are constantly trying to improve the food sources and transparency of the supply chain. I'm not sure if the news got to the States but we had a big scandal recently on pre-prepared meals - turns out a lot of them had horse meat in them!! Not quite beef lasagne or beef burgers!!!
    It makes me more aware of what I am buying and try to buy local meats where I can. My eggs come from a colleague at work who has a few hens that have a very luxurious life!!
    The authorities here also do not allow GM modified foods into the food chain either. We have a few experimental farms here but nothing for the food chain that I know of at the moment.
    For the majority of us it is not possible to grow and rear all of our own foods. But in an ideal world .............
    1629 days ago
    Wow what a documentary....I might just check it out...

    Happy Meteor Day back at ya...

    1629 days ago
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