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From 17 August 2003 Issue

Bessy What Happened To You?
By Chalissa1@aol.com 

A few centuries ago
Particularly under the Eastern skies
She grazed peacefully under the sun.
Frolicked in the village pond
Walked 3 to 4 miles every day
Had her fill of grasses
Provided milk – nourishment
For the ones that took care of her!

Saved from slaughter
Written into the scriptures
Forbidden!
Died natural death.
After death she benefited the human race with leather & buttons
Carrion usually feasted on the remains!

Modern day Bessy’s plight
They don’t teach compassion & humanity in MBA courses!

Bessy has no feelings
No needs
Is inanimate
Goal maximize $$$$’s
Compassion be damned !

Confined to a stall
In a barn away from sunlight
Excreta -polluta stench unbearable
Who cares!

Concrete floors – goes lame
So what- kill it!

Tail flops around
in the manure & urine into milking apparatus.
Chop it off!
Wait! too much effort
No anesthesia just bind it
Shuts off blood supply
Painfully falls off!
Hey day for flies!!

No more prairie grass for Bessie
Mix soya bran with Chicken manure!!
Yes Chicken manure!!
She’s hungry will eat it
Put lots & lots of Antibiotics

Environment is unclean you know!
We’ll lose money if she gets sick!
& Yes give it the bovine growth hormone!

Jacks up milk supply unnaturally
100 pounds per day instead of 25 that God had planned!
For the calf
But humans,
we can steal
So what!

The cows udders are not meant to process so much milk!
Mastitis & other diseases set in
Pus forms, very painful for the cow! Meets regulation – ship it!

Who cares the milk spigots are open
Money is rolling in!! That’s all that matters!
We have clout says Biznusfarmer! Worry not about clean air Act

Putting up 4000 herd dairy farm!
suckers in Peoria know not
19 acres of open cesspool- open air excreta- renamed
“ Lagoon”
Flies & vermin enter local water table all kinds of pathogens !
So what, who cares

Green backs come!! Come!! But yes!!
Ah! There’s more money yet to be made!!

Bessy has a womb!
Lined with more greenbacks
Keep her constantly pregnant!

Calf given 1 hour to three days to suckle!!
Male calf separated
veal crate, fed gruel,
no iron, kept in the dark suffering from constant diarrhea grows sickly
Eventually sees the sun en-route to the slaughterhouse
Served as veal- connoisseurs enjoy the white delicacy
With its aura of pain!

Female into the main stream, dairy cow,
produce 4 calves & the fifth year milk production declines- goes to Slaughter
Bessy’s fate Finite probability will get dismembered live or bled alive-
scripted by elders
Served as hamburger at the lunch counter!

Bessy
WHAT did you do?
To deserve this??

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