May 23, 2010
|Posted: Post subject: 'Organic and Humane' slaughter still outed in Britain
|Most recent slaughterhouse outed:
Ex. of recent Undercover footage from AnimalAid:
Listing of Multiple Slaughterhouse Videos:
As a close follower of global politics, economics, and animal rights, I found this article, and earlier ones, to be very saddening....mainly because Britain and much of the UK is often held above most other countries-- in terms of animal and human rights. They often set the standards. Recently, however, there has a been a huge backlash in free-range, organic, and "humane slaughter" (wow that's a laugh...how is forced killing in a slaughterhouse humane at all??).
Animal Aid--one of the largest and most active animal rights groups in the world and in Britain-- recently began undercover investigations on slaughterhouses which have recieved national accredation from the Soil Association--a serious organization with prides itself on SELLING its products with a "raised organically and humanely" seal. The slaughterhouses range from horses, to cows, to sheep.
Thankfully, the footage has caused workers to be fired and Soil Association to revoke their accredations of several slaughterhouses. But is that enough??
So, in terms of economics, I think that the main issue with the public supporting “humane and organic animal practices is that once those slaughterhouses or farming companies find their place in the stock market or on store shelves and begin to grow, how easy is it for them to still place some compassion over profit? Not easy at allÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âthats how factory farming came about, correct? It is nothing but supply and demandÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âonce any type of company expands, it must then struggle between its priorities, and make a decision about whether money or morals are more important to them. While those videos of sheep, horses, cows, and pigs are no doubt some of the worse Ive seen, I cant help but think that the disordered and premature state of the kill floor is brought about by the people supporting the product in the first place¦either wayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âhumane or notÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âits never going to turn out as such.
I dont know¦does anyone else think anything of this--of the rise of “humane and organic-ly reared animals?? Do you think its just a commercializing gimmick so that companies can get a foodhold in the growing organic industry?
July 26, 2010
|Posted: Post subject:
|`I think there is a lot of fairly fraudulent claims when it comes to branding food organic or free range etc and that can and needs to be carefully watched by independent as well as government bodies, nonetheless, there has been in recent years a significant level of interest in animal abuses, battery hens are probably the greatest example of this, that has led to wide-scale change in the treatment of animals.
For more ethical practices the consumer is charged more, which is reasonable as it would in many cases cost more to produce food in this way. Therefore business can still operate ethically and make profits similar to or even greater than their less ethical and cheaper counterparts.
It is hard to imagine any pleasant form of slaughter, still, the current practices can, and almost certainly will, improve slowly while there is consumer interest on the subject.