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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tonight's dinner - EUTHANIZED dogs & cats?
I am literally nauseous as I write this blog post. In the past few months, I have given up meat. Although I have allowed myself to eat it 2-3 times a month, if I really want it. I have chosen this path not only for health reasons, but for the compassion aspect. The more that I learn, the more that my mind closes off to any meat at all. After reading this article, I am gagging just thinking about eating meat.
As many of you know, I am in nutrition school. Our study this week is about factory farming. I turned on one of the videos & couldn't make it through the first few minutes. In discussing this with my growing, football playing, 12 year old son.....he decided to show support & watch the video with me. By the end, he was at least 50-75% closer to giving up ALL meat. He was disgusted & genuinely concerned for the treatment of these animals.
If you are brave enough, open minded enough or concerned enough to spend 11 minutes of your day learning what happens from Farm to Fridge, this is the video that we watched:
The information that you are about to read below is taken from this book, "Animal Factory" by David Kirby. WARNING - It isn't an easy read. My stomach is still churning from the descriptive content.
Because not only are many of America’s cattle herds fed chicken manure, they’re also fed euthanized dogs and cats, dead skunks, rats, and raccoons found on U.S. highways; as well as heavy metals from pet and cattle ID tags, surgical pins, needles, plastic and Styrofoam, plastic insecticide patches, green plastic bags containing dead pets from veterinarians, and more. All of these items are pulverized and made into dry feed through a process called rendering.
Every time you and I eat a steak or hamburger, we may also be eating the pulverized remains of the possum we hit on the road last week, or Aunt Harriet’s poodle, or our neighbor’s cat that was put to sleep and fed to the slaughtered cow we had for dinner. And because they don’t strip euthanized animals of flea collars and pet ID tags before rendering, we’re also eating ground up metal and chemicals as well.
The process of rendering has been around for centuries, and was initially performed to make soap and candles. Simply put, rendering is what occurs when meat is boiled in water to separate fat and lard. But on today’s industrial level, rendering converts animal carcasses — tissue, bones, internal organs, hooves, blood, feathers, and hair, — into dry meat by-products that are sold as animal feed.
Modern rendering today involves tossing animal carcasses into huge steam jacketed vessels; the carcasses are then ground, and cooked at temperatures of between 220 degrees and 270 degrees for twenty minutes to an hour to release fat and moisture.
I invite you to think about what you are feeding yourself, your family, or even your pets.