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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Feeding Animals and Poop to Animals – 23 May 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

According to a U.S. News and World Report:

…some 40 billion pounds a year of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually into livestock feed in the process turning cattle and hogs, which are natural herbivores, into unwitting carnivores.

Agriculture experts say a slew of new and questionable methods of fattening cattle are being employed by farmers. To trim costs, many farmers add a variety of waste substances to their livestock and poultry feed and no one is making sure they are doing so safely.

Consumers, meanwhile, who generally know little or nothing about what happens to meat on its way to their table, also have no way to learn if their beef has been fattened on chicken droppings. And maybe they don't want to know.

Note: Even though the government has officially ended the feeding of animal remains to ruminants, they are still fed to other animals.

To read the complete article “The Next Bad Beef Scandal” by Michael Satchell, Stephen J. Hedges and Linda Kulman, posted 8/24/97, visit: 

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