|Enewsletter • May 29, 2003|
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News and Updates
Animal Rights Conferences
Jack Norris will also be a featured speaker at United Poultry Concern's Fourth Annual Forum: Promoting Veganism, which will be held at the University of Colorado's Boulder Campus, August 16-17.
New Meet Your Meat
Thanks to Bruce Friedrich, PETA's Director of Vegan Outreach, a new, narrated version of the video Meet Your Meat is now available. It is even more powerful than ever! You can learn more at the video's website, and/or order a copy from Vegan Outreach.
"Jennifer Surrette rarely hits a fast-food drive-thru, but the other day the 28-year-old Halifax schoolteacher found herself rushed and in a lunch-time lineup at Burger King ... keen on a meatless burger as she idled behind a pickup truck loaded with four ravenous, male construction workers.
"'I totally expected to hear 'Whopper, Whopper, Whopper, Whopper' from their window, and I thought I was hearing things when they all ordered veggie burgers,' she says. 'It was unbelievable and wonderful. I was sitting in my car cheering.'"
"In the introduction to Dominion, Matthew Scully relates the story of the foot-and-mouth plague that swept through Great Britain and then Europe in 2001, beginning with 'one pig at a British slaughterhouse.' It eventually resulted in the slaughter of 10-million animals — pigs, cows and sheep.... Nobody in Great Britain then, or in Canada now, is talking about the impact on the animals. It's as if the animals that will have to be killed are not living beings, only 'commodities.' Their value is solely economic; no worth is given to their life.
"In his book, Matthew Scully says that a change took place in England and Europe when the actual slaughters began. The scenes left those who watched on television or read about them in the press 'sick and sad and empty.' He writes: 'One knew that something had gone terribly wrong. Something deep and serious and beyond the power of vaccines or borders or cullings to contain. We saw, in all their simplicity, the facts of the case. Here were innocent, living creatures, and they deserved better, and we just can't treat life that way.'
"[I]f the slaughters of cows do come, will we have that flash of insight? Will that insight bring us to ask the broader question of how animals are routinely treated on our industrial or 'factory' farms? Can we possibly undertake that moral self-examination even without the impetus of scenes that make us 'sick and sad and empty?'"
"Last year, bacterial contamination forced America's meat and poultry companies to recall a record amount of food, including 27 million pounds from a Wampler Foods poultry plant in Montgomery County. There a strain of listeria was linked to eight deaths, three miscarriages, and more than 50 illnesses across the Northeast..
"Chicken heads are scattered across the floor. A bloody collection tank roils beneath the slaughter blades. In a trench carved into the concrete floor, a steaming current of feathers and animal fluids shoots toward the plant's $6 million water treatment facility. The warm air reeks of fresh death and feces.
"From the chiller, plant employees test fluids from one in every 10,000 birds for salmonella, a bacteria found in animals' intestines. Eating meat contaminated with animal feces transmits salmonella to people, which typically results in diarrhea or fever, and kills an estimated 500 Americans each year.
"Because salmonella is considered a naturally occurring organism, the government's allowable limit for the bacteria in animal carcasses is 21.6 percent of recorded samples.
"'The reality is that the big supermarket chains are hammering... the processors,' Sechler said. 'Wal-Mart wants 99-cent hamburgers, and people wonder why we have E. coli.'"
"...They say the government can no longer rely on industry to bring about change and the overuse of drugs in animals will endanger human health by increasing the speed at which bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. They are particularly concerned that superbugs, which are responsible for huge rises in infections among hospital patients, will quickly render powerless the drugs that are meant to control them."