Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fact

“90,000 U.S. cows and calves are slaughtered every day.
14,000 U.S. chickens are killed every minute.”

— Alicia Silverstone (The Kind Diet)

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Hunting quote

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird.  He was laying there and something struck me.  Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning?”

-Mark Levy

The Life of Bacon

Brian Walsh wrote an article for Time magazine that started with this perfect description of the sad life of a pig that ultimately becomes your Sunday morning breakfast.

“Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won’t bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He’s fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he’ll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That’s the state of your bacon.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1917726,00.html#ixzz1rV7nRQRO