Injustices to Animals are also injustices to humans:
From Farm Animal Rights Movement:
“In his March/April 2011 VegNews article, “Injustice for All,” Mark Hawthorne writes about the men and women who work in the meat and farming industries. He illustrates the many horrors of working in a slaughterhouse, as well as the serious suffering and exploitation these workers, as well as field farm workers endure. Slaughterhouse employees are subject to the most dangerous factory conditions in the U.S. and the industry has an extraordinarily high turnover rate. These individuals face extremely high rates of serious physical injury, abuse, mental/psychological stress, and death. They too are victims of an abusive and exploitative, profit-driven industry.”
In order to maintain uninterrupted milk production, cows are forced year after year to go through an endless cycle of pregnancy and birth, only to have their calves immediately taken from them. Cows and calves cry out for each other as they are separated.
All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.”
Half of all calves born are male. Of no use in milk production, they are sent to veal-producing operations or directly to auctions where they are sold and slaughtered when they are just a few days old. Male calves used for veal production suffer a crude castration process and are killed after 4 months spent in small crates or pens.
After just 4 to 6 years, dairy cows are “spent” from being forced to continuously produce milk. Often weak and ill, they endure transport to auction and slaughter, both of which are traumatic for these gentle animals. If allowed to exist free of exploitation and slaughter, cows can live 25 years or more.
In honor of World Water Week
From Farm Animal Rights Movement:
“Every year the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) hosts World Water Week to focus on the world’s water issues. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security. To start off the conference, researcher Malik Falenmark and his colleagues from SIWI released a study that warns meat consumption is currently draining the world’s water supplies at an alarming rate.
“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” Malik Falkenmark said. Diets that rely on animal products consume 5 to 10 times more water than a vegetarian or vegan diet.”
From Farm Animal Rights Movement:
“Consumers have the right to know where their food comes from and the 10 Billion Lives Tour will expose people to the harsh reality of animal agriculture,” said FARM’s Program Director, Michael Weber. “Viewers often tear up or become angry after watching the video, and turn that passion into action by making food choices that are consistent with their values.”
A video of a press conference where Bill Gates champions the recognition of a plant-based future.
Chicken Care: Heating & Cooling Recommendations Noted by National Organization Farm Sanctuary –
“If you have freezing winters in your area, provide a heat source that is safe to use around straw, such as a ceramic-element brooder lamp. When temperatures are extremely hot, provide fans. Chickens can die of heat strokes in areas where the temperatures are in the nineties, so they must have an area where they can stay cool.”
“Clean, fresh water must be available at all times. The use of a poultry fountain is recommended to avoid spillage and to keep water as clean as possible. In warmer weather, check water often throughout the day.
For colder weather, the use of a water heater pallet is recommended if you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures.”
As one of the great Have A Heart Farm supporters noted, another consequence of zoning allowing for back yard chickens would be the issue of people who might extend the parameters of zoning on their own and begin slaughtering chickens on-site in the back yards, which would negatively impact not only the chickens but neighboring homes as well. And,as many of these municipalities involved are near forest preserves and there are already issues with coyotes and foxes showing up in backyards, having chickens there would just be another disastrous draw for them. *********************************** With what seems to be an increasing amount of urban dwellers – who are non-animal rescuers – wanting back yard chickens, Have A Heart Farm notes the downfalls associated with such an endeavor and in addition to the issue of routine exploitation, how it too often ends in problems for both the chickens and those who do farm animal rescue: There are issues of what becomes of these chickens when they are ill and/or not wanted any longer for whatever reasons. Too often, these requests come not from the bird owners, but from others who have found these birds – often ill and/or injured – dumped and abandoned in various locales. There is only a limited segment of the population of those who keep back yard coops who are willing or able to spend money on veterinary care when chickens become ill, which is often the case in extreme weather climates, finding it cheaper to just replace the ailing birds with new ones which often results in inhumane outcomes for the ailing birds. Those who wish to act responsibly often find it difficult in urban areas to even find veterinary care for chickens. Also, just the word “coop” often attests to the cramped and inadequate conditions of many back yard impromptu chicken housing units that are thrown together when some people are suddenly inspired but ill-prepared to have their own chickens. An additional issue is when gender-typing goes awry and the expected egg laying hen turns out to be a crowing rooster, again resulting in an unwanted bird. And, while the issue of the number of dogs and cats being dumped at shelters is a major issue in animal welfare, there are at least shelters in urban areas that will take dogs and cats. This is not the case for chickens, who often at best end up in animal control facilities that are unable to keep even healthy birds more than a day or two before euthanizing them. Those of us in farm animal welfare are often expected to have some kind of “magic” sanctuary to send these birds to, which is often not the case due to the limited number of farm animal rescue sanctuaries in existence and the number of rescued chickens they already have. Additionally, many sanctuaries are not even equipped for chicken rescue and are unable to take any in at all. Also, people often become de-sensitized and therefore dismissive to chickens in ways that they would not be so to dogs and cats, often viewing chickens in terms of eggs and/or meat. Like the plight of so many animal species, chickens are often emotionally unappreciated and not recognized as the highly sociable and intelligent sentient beings that they are. Those who rescue chickens and/or care for them on a daily basis can attest to the challenges involved in caring for them responsibly, especially in climates that have hot and cold temperature extremes. As with any living beings, great thought and planning has to go into caring for them with the main thought and intention being what the reasons are for having chickens to begin with, and whether these reasons primarily benefit the chickens or the people involved. The planned Have A Heart Farm sanctuary will be including rescued chickens in its animal family roster. For more information about Have A Heart Farm and how the public can help and participate, please see our web site at www.HaveAHeartFarm.org
Please read this Examiner post about Lorelei the cat, and the attempts to rescue her by our Have A Heart Farm friend & associate, Carrie Gobernatz. http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-care-league-employee-fired-from-job-over-siamese-cat-euthanization Polite inquiries can be made to: Animal Care League Office # 708-848-8155 Tom Van Winkle