Self-Delusional Animal Rights Activists
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

From Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com
December 2013

The cumulative efforts of these three animal rights organizations resulted in a fast food chain's dramatic announcement. Burger King issued a press release revealing that they would require their suppliers to compassionately raise and slaughter animals for human consumption.

Animals scream and cry. I have heard a pig's protests. I have felt the chilling effects from their collective ear-shattering agonized dying statements. They cry because they hurt. They cry because they are scared. They cry one last cry with a final breath which often ends with the gurgling sound of a creature drowning on his or her own blood.

Seventy years ago on this date (December 5, 1943), 2,739 Jews were herded into trucks and driven to train stations. They were then pushed into cars normally used to transport cattle to slaughterhouses and sent to one of many of Germany or Poland's concentration camps.

Between 1939 and 1945, on 2,200 days, more than six million Jews suffered similar fates. Each individual life was precious, and every man, woman, and child suffered a series of painful indignities before death.

Today, December 5, 2013, more than 27 million American farm animals will suffer in much the same way that each human victim suffered during the Holocaust. Factory farm life in no way resembles the tranquil lie depicted on milk cartons. Chickens and pigs, turkeys and cows, lambs and ducklings all live the greatest part of their lives on farms and die horribly violent deaths resulting from finely honed stainless steel blades.

Upon leaving the farm, separation from the only life they know becomes trauma. Transportation to the death factory provides more than just a few moments of fear.

The violent head slams stun gentle creatures for just a moment. Many wake up to feel the executioner's knife slicing through muscles, veins, and neck arteries.

Animals scream and cry. I have heard a pig's protests. I have felt the chilling effects from their collective ear-shattering agonized dying statements. They cry because they hurt. They cry because they are scared. They cry one last cry with a final breath which often ends with the gurgling sound of a creature drowning on his or her own blood.

I once witnessed the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claim a major victory. At the same time, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) took credit for that same victory, as did Farm Sanctuary. Each group had spent millions of donor dollars to lobby members of congress and fast food restaurants to make it easier for animals to die. The cumulative efforts of these three animal rights organizations resulted in a fast food chain's dramatic announcement. Burger King issued a press release revealing that they would require their suppliers to compassionately raise and slaughter animals for human consumption.

While others danced, I carefully read the Burger King press release. Animal rights activists claimed victory for those animals that continue to die.

The chickens would be allowed to live their entire lives in a larger crate than had been traditionally used. Frank Perdue's chickens are routinely stuffed into crates that allow an average of 47 square inches of floor space per bird.

Federal guidelines recommend 75 square inches per bird as a more compassionate home. Burger King announced that they would recommend four percent more space, or 78 square inches.

I was attending an animal rights convention When I read that press release. I went to the hotel's front desk and borrowed a scissors and ruler. I cut two pieces from different colored construction paper. One piece was 8 2/3 inches square. The second was 8 7/8 inches square. When one overlapped the other, a thin border represented Burger King's not-so compassionate statement for chickens.

When you do the same, you will feel a sense of sadness. An entire life will be spent standing on wire. That bird's space will occupy an area equal to the size of a computer mouse pad. I would not wish that upon a pigeon or a parakeet. Even a canary deserves more space to live her life than the confinement offered by chicken producers for their birds.

Eat the bird, share the guilt. A life of torturous discomfort is interrupted only by the welcome sting of death.

Animal rights activists cheered when speakers congratulated those people who supported the ethical treatment of animals. What victory is there in self delusion?

"It is amazing how complete is the delusion
that beauty is goodness."
- Leo Tolstoy


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