Nov 3, 2008

Slaughterhouses - A Vicious Cycle of Shame

I've been following this Iowa slaughterhouse immigration raid that has lead to 10 million in fines. Of course they are not being fined for the other crimes and abuses - those done to the murdered animals that are essential to their business. As is cheap labor... who else wants to slit throats, eviscerate, chop off hoofs, tails and udders all day? Only the desperate do those kinds of jobs. "U.S. immigration agents have arrested a former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa on immigration charges. He faces charges related to the company's hiring of illegal immigrants, including aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft." NPR podcast It's terrible, these crimes - crimes against the animals, against the workers... Even against the pitiful consumer who is duped into (not) thinking that they are purchasing a certain "food" item that is hardly that at all... it's all so distasteful. It's an unforgiving cycle of victims - that this "meat" product puts us in. Man would do himself (and the animals) a world of good to reevaluate the losses - and go Vegan.

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