But it seems that animals in the hands of those who grow/use/kill them hardly count at all unless it's to further profits.
And so animal ag is very interested in establishing National Animal Identification System (NAIS), so that these beings (inventory) can be traced from the AI moment till they are stamped as the dead meat they've become.
Nope... It's no longer good enough to have the ear-tags traced along with the tonsils, skull, spinal cord, etc. According to animal ag the global market will demand better tracking... And by their accounts it will "save" taxpayers money in the long run. :/
Yet, with all the concern for micro-managed accountability, let's take a look at how these lives just disappear when they aren't of economic benefit:
Read about the massive deaths in the tens of thousands that are seen as trash - undocumented and unrecorded. Worthless.
And the very inconvenient issues surrounding the volume of flesh waste that must be disposed of.
And the lives that are counted as "junk" when they outlive their economic "purpose".
Yes indeed... Other animals did teach us to calculate very well. And so we multiply their numbers - And add their worth. We subtract their meaning and divide ourselves from the essence that is them. Such good mathematicians in our callousness and greed.
But there's another kind of equation to be done... And it's in recognizing that they are counting on us to speak in their behalf. Counting on us to know that each single-one of their lives have meaning. Counting on us to never, ever sell them out...
|We Are All Friends by Madeleine Tuttle|