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I always look forward to learning more from Heather Moore re her researched
accounts of animal cruelty on Care2. For people who care about animal
suffering, she brings this sad facet of how we treat some food animals to the
fore. In this case she writes about the pigs in her post entitled "Stressed Pigs
Make "High-Quality" Hot Dogs, Admits Meat Industry."

Someone in the comment section saw a correlation between some Asian
dog-eating countries who hang their poor victims, and as the noose tightens,
beat them unmercifully so that the meat will be more tender. Specieism at
its worse when one species treats another species with utter disregard to the
point of inflicting cruelty with a total lack of compassion to its suffering.

Well, before you may condemn the Asians - see if you too are not complicit
in the acts of suffering we cause our food animals. If you eat hot dogs - then
you may well be guilty too. Ignorance is never an excuse in my opinion. Of
course, similar cruelty is experienced by our egg-laying chickens or the mother
cows who exist only as milking machines to satisfy our "need" for dairy products.
These poor mother cows are confined in barns with no life of their own. They
enjoy no fresh air, no sunshine, no intermingling with others of their own
kind, and they are even deprived of mating with bulls.

But it is the suffering of pigs which Heather writes about in this post. She
reminds people who like hot dogs at a baseball game or at a barbecue that hot
dogs are made from the flesh of pigs who endure prolonged stress prior to slaughter.
The meat industry even boasts that the meat from these stressed pigs can be
"transformed into high-quality products...."

Moore's wonderful insight: "High quality? As if enough gross things didn't
already go into hot dogs--pigs' stomachs, snouts, spleens, intestines, lips, and
anuses (no it's not just a myth)-- now pork producers are admitting that the
meat comes from stressed-out animals who were underfed or overly fatigued?
Perhaps this news will convince a few more people to say, "Pass the veggie
dogs, please."

I have been angry now for years that dog and cat food is made from slaugher-
house ofal--intestines, feathers, fecal matter, etc. I was never able to under-
stand how pet food producers can cook up this "witches brew" and label it as
good healthy food for our animal companions. True, the animal in the wild
consumes the whole victim, but in this case, the best parts don't go into
animal food for the most part. I hope I can be corrected on these assumptions
I read about 20 years ago and the ingredients have improved since then. But
reading about the ingredients found in hot dogs, I doubt that things have
changed.

Moore hopes that sitting at a baseball game this spring that the ones who have
gotten the message will order veggie hot dogs. But she knows as I do that people
are basically unaware of pig suffering and some -even knowing it will say as
the young woman who worked with me at City Hall years ago: "I just have to
have my meat." Somehow I felt sorry for this young woman who was bereft of
compassion. I personally believe it is one of the greatest virtues one can
possess.

Re some of the untrue slanders re the pig, Moore notes that studies reveal
that they are intelligent, clean, and even restrained in their eating habits.
So, I think we ought to think twice before uttering these erroneous
statements: Dirty as a pig, pigging out or any other unflattering descriptions
about them. If interested, please read Moore's post on Care2 re studies in this
regard or research this topic on the internet. I believe they will shatter
erroneous beliefs re the pig which we have held for possibly the past hundreds
of years.

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I often find wonderful insights in the comments following posts. Thank
goodness the unkind ones I found here were few. The preponderance of
them were uplifting and appreciative of Moore's efforts to enlighten and educate.
Here are some of them:

Jennifer: "When you eat a hot dog ...........it still holds the stress hormones,
antibiotics, and growth hormones of a creature that has been maintained in a
concentration camp and then brutally slaughtered by desensitzed workers to
give you a cheap hot dog."

Candace: "(A) high quality hot dog is an oxymoron. Hot dogs are the leftovers
including hooves, bone organs, etc. Everything goes into the "food." This is
just another attempt to justify the greedy, inhumane treatment of food animals."

Rachel: "I feel we are the most violent creatures on this planet!"

Sanja: "We humans have to have a moral start. So to be calm at my soul, I
became vegetarian and hopefully vegan."

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Lou: "The best anyone can do to help all animals is to go vegetarian/vegan.
By doing so you will help stop the slaughter of wolves, coyotes, horses and other
animals that are killed due to the pressure of ranchers. Ranchers graze their
lands in Federally subsidized lands, then demand that all other animals that
compete with cattle be rounded up and killed...."

Steve: "I just have to find the strength to choose the right stuff and kick the
meat habit. Not doing it makes me too similar to the folks that watched Nazi
Germany and Rwanda happen."

 

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I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)
 

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