Monday, November 10, 2014

Animals Rights

Happy Meatless Monday Ithaca!

We are more than half way done with our semester - which is crazy to think! Now is the time to look back on your Meatless Monday commitment and evaluate how you are doing. Let us know if you have any secret success tips or questions.

This Monday, I want to highlight Meatless Monday and animal rights. There are a lot of environmental and health benefits to going meatless one day a week, but it is also a way to promote animal rights and the humane treatment of animals.

99% of meat in the United States comes from factory farms. The focus of these 'production plants' is to produce mass amounts of meat in the shortest amount of time. To accomplish this, factories turn to chemicals, antibiotics and the inhumane treatment of animals. To get a better picture of this, check out these below facts about factory farming in the United States:

1.  In 2011, more than 80 percent of antibiotics produced were fed to livestock.
  • While some of these antibiotics are useful in terms of keeping livestock healthy, the majority are used solely to decrease disease because the living conditions in factory farms are severely dirty. 
2. According to an undercover investigation, factory farms grind up live male baby chicks because they can't lay eggs. 

3. Pigs are kept in gestation crates that are so small that the pigs cannot move. After being stuck in there for months, the pigs suffer from open sores, alcers, and injuries from not being able to move.

4. Veal calves must stay immobile in order to produce the desired meat. In order to do this, they are stuffed in extremely small cages and have a heavy metal chain around their neck to keep them from being active. Veal are even barred from seeing sunlight, in order to keep their flesh pale and attractive to consumers.

5. Fowl are often "debeaked" through cutting or burning their beaks off. Factories do this so the birds do not peak each other to death because they are in such close quarters.


The living conditions for these animals is outrageous and saddening. I purposefully left photos out of this blog post as to not disturb anyone unwilling. However, if you are interested, all of the information from this post was found on the following link, as well as photos:
( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/factory-farming-facts_n_4063892.html )


Want to learn more?
IC Animal Rights will be tabling in the pub this coming Monday, November 17th. Then, we will be hosting a demonstration on meatless eating in Terrace Dining hall at 2:30pm. This is open to all students! We will hear from Krystil Smith, who is the Educational Outreach Coordinator with The Humane Society of the United States. After that, we will view a live cooking demonstration along with free samples! You won't want to miss this delicious event.
The Humane society website is as follows: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/

Go Meatless Monday,
Jackie
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