Welcome to Other Nations…offering information, inspiration, and support for human beings working to end speciesism. http://www.othernationsjustice.org/
A word of warning to citizens in the Helena area: If you enjoy recreating on YOUR public lands--and particularly if you take pleasure in sharing Montana's Great Outdoors with your canine companion--be aware that a gun-wielding man named Joe is at large and is unable to distinguish the difference between a wild wolf and a groomed malamute wearing a collar with a light mounted on it. It's possible he will shoot first and determine his target later. Further, Joe advises that you keep your companion(s) on leash for a full six months of the year on YOUR public lands so as not to impede his quest for a wolf trophy.
"Hunter kills companion dog: I thought it was a wolf"
"...our area's best chefs aren't exactly eager to showcase Tofurky."
Ha ha! Why is it that non-vegans can't seem to get past the Tofurky shtick? It's the all-purpose, go-to putdown, yet that's only one product of many, and not even the best. Constantly falling back on Tofurky as a defensive putdown is lazy, at the very least.
As for some of the films listed here, it feels more like a continuation of "last week's slight."
How about Earthlings http://earthlings.com/ --the film that many people have credited for turning them vegan overnight? How about The Witness? http://www.witnessfilm.org/ Or The Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/ --about the emotional lives of farmed animals? Then there's Vegucated http://www.getvegucated.com/ --about three meat-eating New Yorkers who take a stroll along the path to veganism.
Yeah, many of these films are downers, because animals' commodified lives are downers, and how do you dress that up to be fun? Maybe it's just an inconvenient truth easily side-stepped with Tofurky jokes.
"For me, the killing part is the tiniest part," Noel says.
How very nice. It's all about Noel! For the animal, the killing is everything.
"Even if you don't want to shoot something you can enjoy the outdoors aspect of hunting."
Yes, it's called camping.
Apparently for these hunter gals, compassion is not in fashion.
"Perhaps the chasm is too wide to be bridged."
That is likely the case, making all this back-and-forth simply an exercise in back-and-forth--not that that is without any value. Perhaps it has value for readers who are only first pondering questions about sentient nonhumans and their right (or no right) to life and the liberty to pursue their own interests (something all animals--human & nonhuman--want), and questions about the human animal's right (or no right) to take those lives for what is merely appetite, or tradition, or excuses to get out and enjoy nature, be with family, etc.
"...explanations sound like subterfuge. ... Their talk of complex feelings is mere camouflage for their murderous lust." That's very true. If killing animals makes you sad, don't do it. If you respect animals, let them pursue their lives as you are allowed to pursue yours. If your respect is actually "respect" and it's all about your dietary choice or tradition or whatever, well, that's something else. It might not be "murderous lust" (although surely sometimes it is--thinking here of the Red Mist Society, coyote killing contests, those who go out to "plink" birds, etc.), but definitely it is speciesism, and indeed, that is likely an insurmountable chasm. http://www.humanemyth.org/glossary/1308.ht…
What's interesting in this piece is that the writer says he was once a vegan based on Buddhist teachings of compassion for all beings (read that elsewhere)...and now he's a hunter/killer and has special insight that sells books.
Alf said: "Do you protest as loudly and emotionally the same conditions and treatment for other livestock -- such as cattle, sheep, hogs, goats and poultry -- headed for the same fate ?"
Wm. B. said: "i see lots of complaints but no real solutions to the problems the system is facing..." Really? Several solutions are offered in these comments. 1) get exotic livestock off the public range 2) birth control 3) stop domestic horse overbreeding, making adoptions more likely 4) stop native predator eradication 5) sanctuary
Kate: " maybe it's time that we all became a little repulsed with the lack of dignity and respect shown to the animals we eat on a daily basis."
I agree (but I would say "a lot repulsed"). However, horses are no more intelligent than pigs, a billion-plus who suffer in this nation's factory farms. Intelligence shouldn't be the standard for who gets killed--sentience should. Jeremy Bentham (born 1748) famously said, "The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
BTW, if you dare, you can watch horse-eater Sappington (whom Ari mistakenly identifies as the owner of Valley Meat) execute his horse (both edited and unedited versions are available) at the aforementioned link to "A Tale of Two Horses." Bon appetit.
How tiresome are these self-indulgent, conscience-driven pieces coming from proponents of (fill in the blank with some manner of exploitation) who search their souls for a moment, examine ramifications beyond themselves in brief passing, then do exactly what benefits them. (In addition to this one, I recall one defending the illegal construction of a visitor center in Wilderness and another about living with the threat of predators after building a house in their habitat).
This writer had an epiphany when she learned about CAFOs--but it was a self-serving epiphany filled with convenient rationalizations. "My desire to understand the life cycle of an animal" - The life cycle? This pig's mom was intentionally bred for profit, and Ms. Bell prematurely ended his life! "...his job on earth was nearly complete." Sadly, these words simply reflect the speciesist attitude that defines the status quo bottom line: treated well or treated badly, animals are nothing more than commodities for human use and consumption. Their "job" is to fulfill our desires.
"It wasn't easy, but I decided to be present at his slaughter." How good of Ms. Bell to make this sacrifice after betraying his affection. "I thanked both him and Elton..." Gag. Perhaps worst of all, "the respect he deserved." Given the choice, what do you suppose Eddie would have rather had--thanks, respect, and a bullet--or to continue living? Why is it so hard for some to understand that sentient animals--all of us--value our lives?
Look, I agree that the pig lived a good life. But "socially responsible meat" exists in the self-delusions of speciesists who won't admit that they're dominated by mere appetite and willing to kill for it. Philosopher Theodor Adorno said, "Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they're only animals." That goes for when the knacker's truck rolls up, too.
"... selling used-up horses rather than paying to keep them alive is a logical choice."
It is not a fact that old, "used up" horses go to slaughter. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The horse slaughter industry doesn't "euthanize" old horses — but precisely the opposite: Young and healthy horses are purchased at auction, often by people misrepresenting their intentions, and sold to slaughter plants..." http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04…
If there are too many horses, it's because too many horses are created by breeders in it for the money. Industries like racing, rodeo, showing, etc. along with irresponsible small-time breeders create and cull with impunity (see Forbes, "Racing Industry Silent About Slaughtered Thoroughbreds" at
80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, a brutal and bloody business. Check here for graphically-honest descriptions and images
The NM slaughterhouse mentioned in Ari's piece was originally a cattle slaughterhouse; it was shut down by the Feds for heinously inhumane practices. You can read about what one bull endured on his way to death here, in "A Tale of Two Horses" at http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=7857
This post that brought more traffic to the Other Nations website than any other. Please read it and learn how you can support the SAFE Act, a bi-partisan effort in both houses of Congress that will end the bloody, inhumane prospect of horse slaughter once and for all.
All Comments »
Missoula News/Independent Publishing |
Powered by Foundation