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Double Standards and Bad Days

April 20, 2011

So today started bad. Lightning flashing, wind blowing, cold rain at 5 a.m. meant instantly waking to dash out and drop tarps over babies, insuring covers are over chicks. All seemed content but a few hours later told a different story with several young pullets lost. It appears to be only partly storm related, with another round of coccidia treatment on tap, as several just aren’t gaining as they *should* be gaining. The wet weather could be a factor but it’s a factor we can’t stop, so it means changing what we can change.

It’s always discouraging to lose one…we’ve tended them since they were peeping balls of fluff. We’ve brought them in at night when the temperatures dropped and watched the weather so they weren’t too cold. And of course there’s financial investment also – with feed, equipment, housing.

It’s difficult to do everything that you can do and watch the animal – be it chicken, foal, calf or other youngster or old favorite – die anyway. Sometimes their life was in months, sometimes in years but each one makes a difference. It’s then the animal rights supporters condemn all for the actions of a minority while holding their representatives to a different standard that makes no sense.

Yet another ‘undercover video’ was taken of an operation abusing calves. There is no excuse for this in my book…why people do it I don’t know. I don’t know why someone chooses to kill their cat for a Lady Gaga costume, or why someone chooses to beat a puppy to death. And frankly I resent being cast in the same light because a rabbit MIGHT go for meat or be bred, or because we eat eggs from the chickens or because we – gasp! – ENJOY ice cream. These activities are not the same as shooting a dog for digging a hole or beating a puppy to death for peeing on the sofa…yet we’re cast with the same ugly light.

That broad stroke approach is different when it’s an animal rights activist abusing animals, or when a shelter’s error allows a ‘rescued’ dog to be mauled to death by another dog. When an animal rights person tortures – puts in inescapable pain – a dog by cutting nails beyond the ‘quick’ so the pain stops digging…well that’s just one person and not all. But when we confine to protect animals then that’s not only the same torture but all are guilty. It’s a double standard.

How about we deal with CRUELTY! Beating a dog doesn’t teach him anything. Putting an animal into a state of pain isn’t the same as a rabbit stretching out sleeping in a cage. A breeder who breeds a few litters of puppies is not the same as someone pulling the dog around the yard and slamming his body into holes with a force that warranted removal.

There’s enough legitimate cruelty without casting everyone who has a rabbit in a cage or who eats meat or who breeds animals as monsters on the same level as those striking a dog 15 times with a club to ‘teach’ the ‘rescued’ dog not to dig! It makes me angry…that the animals are treated that way and that some accuse all of being the same. If you eat a burger tonight it doesn’t mean you did these horrendous acts of cruelty, but that is what some want you to believe. The guilt starts with “go vegan” messages.

How about this one – forget go vegan. Food choices are just that – CHOICES. How about eliminating cruelty? How about holding those accountable for clubbing an animal without excuses depending on what their supposed beliefs were?

Eliminate cruelty. That’s a seemingly impossible act given the amount of anger in the world.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2011 5:53 PM

    Yep.

  2. April 21, 2011 1:55 PM

    This here (http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1722#comic) is what I show the self-righteous vegans who try to tell me that meat is murder. Yes, animals are killed for food. A large number of species are carnivores and omnivores. Is a bear a murderer because it kills a salmon? Or my cat, when she eats bugs and lizards? Now, that’s not to say that all vegans fall into the evangelizing category. But those that do tend not to understand the difference between the worst of the factory farms (and most of them are not as bad for animals as portrayed), and the meat I get from my local butcher, which comes from local farms. I’ve had a vegan friend tell me in earnest that I “couldn’t possibly know how that cow was treated or slaughtered” even when the meat I was eating came from my husband’s family’s ranch, and I know the butcher and his methods rather well. I think most people are just so disconnected from farms and ranches that they just trust documentaries like Food Inc. to give them the whole picture, whereas even a brief visit to a working farm or ranch will give a much better impression of what really goes into food production in this country.

    • April 21, 2011 5:37 PM

      Very true. It’s hard for many to comprehend that we DO know how the animals are treated. We know what it ate and when it was born. Many can’t differentiate entertainment from facts and believe entertainment figures who need those ratings.

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