Monday, January 15, 2007

ANIMAL RIGHTS AND WRONGS

UP FRONT News January 9, 2007
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham

“The paper that can’t be bought and can’t be sold.” www.tomsupfrontnews.blogspot.com

A few weeks ago, as I was returning to Manhattan from church in Queens, I passed through Grand Central Station and, at an animal rights table, saw part of a DVD called “Meet Your Meat.” It consisted of footage of what could be described as concentration camps for animals. It was Auschwitz (without the gas showers), Abu Ghraib and Chinese Communist torture dens for Tibetans and Falun Gong all rolled into one. It brought back a gruesome slaughterhouse scene from a movie by the German filmmaker Rainer Fass- binder I saw years ago. I could only watch the DVD for a few minutes and, while I am not (yet) a vegan or vegetarian, I got upset and angry.

A long description here is not necessary. One image, however, sticks. It was of a live cow, hanging by its tail, with its blood pouring out through a huge human being-inflicted puncture. I decided to do something about animal torture and received, at my request, a donated copy of the DVD.

Groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Farm Sanctuary, United Action for Animals, and others, of course oppose animal torture, which, judging from the DVD I saw and a great deal of literature, (but less mainstream media coverage), is wide- spread in the meat and dairy industries.

While most human beings oppose genocide, torture and related atrocities, they are widespread, whether somewhat publicized, as in Darfur, or belatedly under the Nazis, or covered up, as is the case in Communist China-occupied Tibet. Like genocide, and des- pite the efforts of animal rights activists, major, literally blood curdling animal torture is covered up.

“Meet Your Meat” should generate some political action. As far as I am concerned, vegan or not, there is absolutely no justification for torturing animals. The subject should be a presidential campaign issue.
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