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All Forms of Life Are Sacred. The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life. And once life is desanctified the industrial machines of death, and the drone-like bureaucrats, sadists and profiteers who operate them, carry out human carnage as easily as animal carnage. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields in the Middle East.

During wars in rural societies, where the butchering of animals is intimately familiar, butchering techniques are often used on enemies. Killing in our mechanized slaughterhouses is overseen by a tiny group of technicians. I witnessed the dismembering and evisceration of human bodies during the siege of Sarajevo by the Bosnian Serbs. I recently met Gary Francione, perhaps the most controversial figure in the modern animal rights movement, for lunch at the vegetarian deli of the Whole Earth Center in Princeton, N.J.

Intensive pig farming. The use of sow stalls for pregnant sows has resulted in lower birth production costs; however, this practice has led to more significant animal welfare concerns. Many of the world’s largest producers of pigs (US, Canada, Denmark, Mexico) use sow stalls, but some nations (e.g., the UK) and some US states (e.g., Florida, Arizona, and California) have banned their use. Intensive piggeries[edit] Intensive piggeries are generally large warehouse-like buildings or barns. Indoor pig systems allow the pigs' conditions to be monitored, ensuring minimum fatalities and increased productivity. Buildings are ventilated and their temperature regulated. Most domestic pig varieties are susceptible to sunburn and heat stress, and all pigs lack sweat glands and cannot cool themselves.

Pigs have a limited tolerance to high temperatures and heat stress can lead to death. Pigs are naturally omnivorous and are generally fed a combination of grains and protein sources (soybeans, or meat and bone meal). Gestation crate. Gestation crates, used on modern hog production facilities, commonly referred to as factory farms A gestation crate, also known as a sow stall, is a metal enclosure used in intensive pig farming, in which a female breeding pig (sow) may be kept during pregnancy, and in effect for most of her adult life.[1] The enclosures measure 6.6 ft × 2.0 ft (2 m × 60 cm) and house sows that weigh up to 900 lbs (408 kg).[2] The floors of the crates are made of concrete, and are slatted to allow waste to be collected below.[3] A few days before giving birth, they are moved to farrowing crates, where they are able to lie down to nurse and the piglets have room on the sides to get away from the sow to sleep and play.

Opponents of gestation crates believe that they are unhealthy and constitute animal abuse, while proponents argue they are needed because sows, like most animals that live in groups, would develop a social hierarchy and fight between themselves. Usage[edit] Pregnancy[edit] Birth[edit] All Forms of Life Are Sacred. Why You Should Never Eat Pork. There are many religions that specifically forbid the consumption of pork. The meat is considered “unclean” and non-kosher.

Is there a reason for this? Is there more to this religious teaching that we should all be aware of? It seems as though the religions that condemn pork consumption are on to something, in fact there are many scientific claims to back this up. Pigs are scavengers by nature, which means that they will eat almost anything, including rotten food, feces, urine, carcasses and even cancerous growths.

“Sweating like a pig” yet? According to an investigation by Consumer Reports, 69% of all raw pork samples tested (of about 200 samples) were contaminated with a dangerous bacteria known as Yersinia enteroclitica. Ground pork was more likely to be contaminated than pork chops. According to the report: “We found salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, or listeria monocytogenes, more common causes of foodborne illness, in 3 to 7 percent of samples.

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