Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Victimizing the Defenseless is Obscene


It is often said that a society is ultimately judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. If we were to extend that maxim to include the animals that rely on us for their care, we'd face a harsh judgment.

This week an undercover video was released showing employees at Conklin Dairy, a dairy farm in Ohio, beating cows with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, and violently punching, throwing and kicking young calves. Then the workers bragged about torturing the helpless animals.

After watching the video, Dr. Bernard Rollin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, said "This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen."

The agriculture industry wants you to believe this is an isolated incident. But it's not.

Change.org Changemaker Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, writes this week about how his organization has rescued thousands of abused farm animals from all over the country. While the cruelty uncovered at Conklin Dairy is particularly sadistic, Baur says that it's a logical extension of an industry attitude which sees animals as mere units of production rather than sentient beings.

On factory farms, animals regularly live out their short lives in confinement so extreme that they can't stand up, turn around, stretch their limbs, or lie down comfortably. It's an industry where abuse has become normal.

Sometimes it takes an extreme example of abuse for a critical mass of society to acknowledge a chronic problem that is otherwise easy to ignore. For the welfare of animals raised in factory farms, we hope that time is now.

-From Change.org.


"Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."

Albert Schweitzer
1875 - 1965

5 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

This video is heartbreaking. It seems like the more we may think we're progressing as a culture, as a society, we're confronted with despicable acts such as these.

Mankind is the most deviant and sadistic of earth's creatures. Those employees at Conklin Dairy, along with Mr. Conklin, must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I just wanna shoot the fuckers. Get 'em out of the gene pool.
Unlike sadistic, sociopathic bullies, I only mix it up with those who are just as capable of fighting back.
Purely as public service, of course!

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

You know, they really are a bunch of motherfuckers. I wish some animal-loving mafia boss would see this video, because as ruthless as the mob can be, they only take it out on those who deserve it.

These sadistic fuckers truly deserve it...

2:00 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

You said it!
These are the same people who can club baby seals to death.

I'd like to head over there with a bigger rifle, a better scope, and then start with the knee caps and work my way up. See if they like how no compassion feels!

Sometimes one has to appoint oneself the CEO (Chief Executing Officer) of Karma. Or the AAD (Avenging Angel of Doom).

Yes, some of my fantasies are dark - very dark...

3:43 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

We all have some dark fantasies, Anna, otherwise we wouldn't be human. Besides, nobody's ever been arrested for fantasies that I know of -- at least not yet.

4:25 AM  

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