August 20, 2008 at 2:23 am (Animal Rights, Animals)
Tags: Animal Rights, Beef, Beef Recalls, Chocolate, Cows, E. coli, Ethanol, Ethanol Waste, Hersheys, Mars, Potato Chips
As per usual, I was reading my daily dose of vegan, animal rights and environmental news when I came across this article on The Daily Green. Apparently the geniuses behind the beef industry are feeding cows potato chips, waste from ethanol plants and chocolate factories. Huh? Yes, cows are being fed junk food. Would it not be fitting to then postulate that people who eat beef are also eating potato chips, waste from ethanol and chocolate waste, all of which were deemed not good enough for human consumption? As they say, you are what you eat.
Cows are grass eaters, not potato chip, chocolate or ethanol waste eaters. The absurdity of their diets has led to a vast increase in the number of E. coli in their guts. Could this possible rise over the decades have led to the greater number of recalls DUE to E. coli, just like the one earlier this month? The one in which Nebraska Beef, Ltd. based in Omaha, Nebraska had to recall about 1.2 million pounds of beef? Of this I have no doubt. But you also have to consider the great E. coli risk due to incompetent slaughterhouses (if there is such a thing as a competent one…rather oxymoronic), in which demand is high so work is quick and lousy. But in and of itself, the increased amount of E. coli in the animal being slaughtered would easily be a prime suspect for the root of contamination. But would anyone admit to this? Probably not, considering they would then have to admit that they are not only consuming something they shouldn’t, but also admit that they are feeding the cows what they shouldn’t eat either. Afterall, what is more important: feeding a cow what it actually eats or feeding it something that increases their fat factor? By all means, E. coli is only a minor problem considering the thought of slim cows *gasp*! No no, it is more important to risk over 1.2 million pounds of beef to be recalled (or approximately 2600 cows that died for absolutely no reason whatsoever…even from a meat eater’s viewpoint…so would that make it negative quantities of reason for death?).
So cows have not only been fingered for consumption, but also for being forced to eat crap. No, this would be worse than that, this would be the waste FROM crap. Apparently the increase of ethanol needs in this country has quite a bit to do with what cows eat. Corn prices are high, but apparently ethanol waste prices are low. So of course the cows get the waste. Not only that, farmers obtain waste from Hershey’s and Mars as well. Isn’t that grand? Cows get to eat chocolate considered not suitable for human consumption. But guess what? Humans are still consuming it each time they have beef. So no matter how “healthy” a meat eater THINKS they are (which they aren’t even if they don’t realize it), they are still consuming junk food. I find this a tad bit humorous…considering how terrible junk food is considered, yet beef is still found even on menus of Jenny Craig and and other idiotic diets. Of course I feel awful for the cows, as who knows what this crap they are feeding them is doing to their systems. Afterall, their lives are terrible enough.
July 11, 2008 at 4:03 am (Animals, Random)
Tags: Animals, Beef, Cows, Farm, Jon and Kate Plus 8, Organic, TLC, Veganism, Vegetarianism
I occasionally watch the TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8. Why I watch the show at all even perplexes myself as I am not one to oo and aah over children and in fact I do not want any of my own. Then add to that the fact that these children came from fertility treatment, which I am against since there are so many children in this world needing homes already, and it becomes ever so much more perplexing! I was ever so intrigured while watching an older episode when the family headed to an organic farm about an hour from them. I believe the name of the farm was Natural Acres Farm, but don’t quote me on that!
While the family was at the farm they were able to feed chickens, see cows and calves and horses. I was fairly surprised to see that the chickens were able to be running around in fairly open pastures, however the conditions inside the barn were not shown on camera. As a vegan I am always skeptical…… Whether the chickens were in open pastures or crowded in the barn(s) I am in no way legitimizing the eating of chickens. My main drive to write this blog about the show was the way the family acted with the cows and calves. They were very excited and thought the calves were absolutely adorable. Kate especially found the calves endearing and couldn’t get over how cute they were. Yes, I certainly agree that the cows/calves/chickens/horses and so on were absolutely adorable, its one of a plethora of reasons I do not consume them! However, the events that followed the family visiting the animals is what alarmed me so much.
Before the family was set to leave to head back to their home, they stopped at the shop at the farm to buy organic foods and get this, half of a cow. Yes, I said half of a cow. Even in the summary of the show it stated that Jon and Kate buy half a cow. Mind you it wasn’t a deal to have half ownership of a cow with someone else, no no no. This was in fact Jon and Kate purchasing box after box of organic beef from the farmer. This is where they lost me. How, after seeing the cows and calves in the fields and ooing and awing them, can you turn around not more than a few hours later, and buy one of the cows’ dead and mutilated cousin/brother/sister/mother/father etc?!?!!?!?! This epitomizes the disconnect most people have between their food and the animals it comes from. Sure, its quite possible that Jon and Kate see it for what its worth and do not mind, but it seems that in more cases than not that most people just don’t see a baby cow and think “oh thats beef”. I guarantee if the children knew they would not wish to eat the beef after visiting with the cows. It seems as though children are much more in tune with nature than we as adults are. Perhaps it is the lack of stress or knowledge of all the pressures of this world that make them able to possess closeness to nature.
All I know for sure is that in the moment that Kate paid for “half a cow” I saw glaring in my face a majority of the world’s disconnect between what is on the dinner plate and how it got there.