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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008 12:57 pm
// Before you has your next cheezbrgr... /

So, this video, behind the cut. You should watch it, because here we are years after Fast Food Nation and we're still eating animals that have been treated worse than enemy combatants in war. Is cheap meat really worth this? Something more needs to happen than just making us aware of these issues, something really needs to be done at a state and federal level to actually enforce sanitation and ethical standards, and to severely financially punish those who are profiting from this. Even outside the issue of humane treatment of other living beings, THIS IS OUR FOOD SUPPLY. Sure, maybe us rich techies can afford to buy locally-sourced meat from the Farmer's Market, but that doesn't mean it's okay to use a forklift to roll a sick and dying animal around in its own feces before feeding it to schoolchildren. Not EVER.

I'd like to follow this up with a list of places you can donate to, but honestly I haven't yet done sufficient research about how the frontrunner orgs actually use the money they're given, so I can't. Feel free to contribute in the comments if you have done research or have recommendations of how to fix this problem.


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fearmattdotcom2
fearmattdotcom
Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)

This video was pretty distressing. I saw parts of it on the news a few days ago.

The federal regulations mandate that any animal that can walk in can be slaughtered. Which is why they were trying to get it to move by itself. The big reason is BSE, as a common symptom is inability to walk due to damage to the nervous system, but humanely slaughter animals simply are going to be better quality products. (Stress hormones can cause meat to taste worse, apparently)

I'm not sure if this is indicative of the entire industry, but we really won't know until we get more inspectors. The Bush administration has taken a wholly idiotic laissez-faire approach to almost every kind of industry regulation. All the consumer protection agencies are staffed by hacks -- just look at the latest round of consumer product scares with lead. The head of that government agency denied extra funding to hire more inspectors, when there is clearly not enough.


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