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  •  I'm indignant, surely (8+ / 0-)

    about the way the animals are treated, but also about the human and political costs that we don't normally see. That is what I was trying to highlight. It isn't news to anyone that these livestock factories treat their animals terribly, but it was news to me, at least, that our states are protecting this industry and its practices to such a degree and violating our rights to do so.

    “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

    by RadicalParrot on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 03:26:50 PM PDT

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    •  Appalling, isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      northsylvania, JohnnySacks

      It is the new version of the food libel laws in various states.

      When states make it illegal to film something like animal treatment on factory farms, you know they're doing something that would lose them business.

      Some years ago, a cow named Emily was in the line-up for at a slaughterhouse. She must not have liked what she saw and heard, because she made a run for it. Not exactly a run: she had to climb a five-foot fence, which is tough for a 1500 lb. cow. And it was winter in New England, not much food around.

      She was on the lam. The slaughterhouse people were trying to lure her back with hay, but she was wise to them.

      People rallied around Emily the Cow. Farmers put out hay for her that she ate. She watched the deer and figured out how to get at edible stuff through all that snow.

      People called the police to falsely report her whereabouts, so that the police would spend their time on wild goose chases.

      In the end, the owner of the slaughterhouse sold Emily (still on the lam) to a farm sanctuary. The owner wanted to sell her for $350, but his daughter convinced him to bring the price down--to $1.

      A lot of people say they switched to a plant-based diet because of Emily. She put a face on the living beings who are raised--often in horrendous conditions--and slaughtered.

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