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Animal Manipulation

Evidently it's not enough to breed farm animals selectively, fatten them up in pens or cages, and slaughter them for special human holidays. Now we're going to dye them flourescent colors for the kids to watch - Happy Eating - I mean, Easter!
Interestingly, the overseas media has provided a revealing story about despicable activities in our own backyard. This article on the BBC (see link, below) describes the blatant manipulation of animals at a chicken farm in Alaska. Evidently it's not enough to breed farm animals selectively, fatten them up in pens or cages, and slaughter them for special human holidays. Now we're going to dye them flourescent colors for the kids to watch - Happy Eating - I mean, Easter!

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3615191.stm

While the ongoing occupation of Iraq may seem more compelling, dominating nature through animal manipulation is still part of the equation of global injustice and abuse of power. The chicken, pork, and beef that so many of us dine on every night is an all-too significant part of the domination of the globe.

As for the specific content of this article, it is doubtful that children would learn anything from the experience except that it's ok for humans to use animals as we see fit. If we can inject them with dye to make them turn funny colors, then why not hormones, antibiotics, etc? Unfortunately, this particular poultry farm has chosen to clothe itself in politically correct trappings (the BBC article contains a link to the farm's website; they portray themselves as some kind of kinder, gentler slaughterhouse).

No doubt lots of folks pat themselves on the back for eating "free roaming" animals, but it is unlikely that the chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. feel any happier about it when their day comes to die. "Gee, you've lived a more satisfying, fulfilling life, aren't you ready to die so some lazy humans can have some cheap protein?"

For a non-utilitarian alternative viewpoint to the manipulation and slaughter of animals, check out the following site:

 http://www.farmsanctuary.org/
Free-range is mostly a myth. 09.Apr.2004 19:10

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Check out:  http://www.cok.net/lit/freerange.php If you think the animals are o.k. because the package says "free range," you're as deluded as Bush who thinks the Iraqi's are being happily liberated. Come on people, stop the killing and torture here at home that you yourself contribute to, before wringing your hands about what's going on overseas. For the animals, YOU are the brutal oppressor, torturer, and killer.

reminds me of genetic engineering... 10.Apr.2004 10:25

this thing here

why not do this to human babies at easter? what's stopping us? the dye is harmless.

why not genetically engineer human babies to have feathers and wings? what's stopping us? the feathers and wings are harmless.

the attitude towards life that lies behind this is to me nothing more than a sign of what's to come. because is it just me, or can anyone else see how cheap and worthless life becomes the exact second it's modified to please a notion...



i can't stress this loudly enough. no, i'm not talking about soybeans, chickens or cows. i'm talking about humans:

how will it feel, fellow humans, to become our own consumer products.

given the kinds of emotions we get from other consumer products made of flesh, or metal, or plastic, given the way we treat other consumer products made of flesh, or metal, or plastic, do you really really think that when we all become our own consumer products, when all have the options and features and warranties, checked down the list, that genetic perfection says it can give, do you really really think we will achieve eternal and everlasting happiness here on earth...

get what i'm saying yet? then think about it this way. do you remember how perfect and awesome that hot new computer was when you got it? and how now it's buried someplace in a landfill? genetic engineering, if misused and abused like it is now and will continue to be, makes you that plastic computer...