Emily Leibowitz 
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Re: “A jaw-dropping lesson in butchery at Blood on the River

Last comment I'll make is to share this story from a former small scale woman cattle rancher : "Having been around and (hating to admit) at one point having a small scale cattle ranch, I have always felt this to be the ultimate betrayal. These animals are bred and their offspring lovingly fed, watered, and cared for until the rancher they have depended upon and trusted to take care of them, slaughters them. ULTIMATE betrayal. How can you look them in the eyes and talk with them while feeding or filling the water tank, essentially building a relationship and getting them to trust you, then a few months later send them off to die for money? I never wanted to establish a relationship with the cows that were destined for slaughter because I knew it was wrong and I couldn't look at them. I kept quiet for far too long, but like Mr. Comis I thankfully I woke the hell up, and every single cow on this property will live out their natural lives here knowing that their lives matter and they are safe from slaughter."

It's funny how the terms "humane" and "love" get so often used by those who participate in the act of "humane slaughter" which is an oxymoron in itself. The very act of murder is inhumane, and when it comes to love, it doesn't make any sense to me that if someone truly loved an animal they could send him/her to their death, to end the life the life of someone you love, sounds like a pretty strange notion of love to me.

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Posted by Emily Leibowitz on October 29, 2015 at 10:29 PM

Re: “A jaw-dropping lesson in butchery at Blood on the River

Homesteading Hippie :

I'd be very curious to hear your thoughts on the below quotes from articles, and trailer, if you'd be willing to take the time. Both articles are cited at the bottom if you'd like to read them in full. Thank you

"Happy Pigs make Happy Meat?" is a Huffington post article about a man who was a small scale pig farmer for over a decade in upstate New York :

"In the current discourse, happy pigs are the ideal alternative to the miserable and abused pigs raised in factory farms. Happy pigs become happy meat, and happy meat is good. We should feel good about eating happy meat.

Should we, really, feel good about such a thing, if it even exists? Is it so simple?

I am haunted by the ghosts of nearly 2,000 happy pigs.

[Note: About a month ago, I had my final crisis of conscience, in a decade of more or less intense crises of conscience. Having abandoned the last vestige of what seemed to be at the time legitimate justification, happiness and a quick, painless death, I became a vegetarian. I am now in the beginning stages of the complicated process of ending my life as a pig farmer.] "

As a follow up to that article, there was another one written and it discusses a documentary film, as well, called "The Last Pig":

It is a widely held belief that small-scale (or free-range) animal farming is the humane solution to the brutal and exploitative environment of the modern factory farm. Initially, Argo (the filmmaker) was not immune to this belief.

“I’ve been vegetarian for decades but, even so, I went along with the small-scale farming rationale for meat eaters. Then, I got to know the pigs”. And, she visited a so-called humane slaughterhouse.

“You know what? Slaughter is slaughter. A sentient being is snuffed out in the first chapter of [his or her] life… They were eight months old – youngsters who would have lived for at least another decade.”

Argo found it distressing to bear witness to the “breach of trust” that occurs when a “humane” farmer condemns to slaughter the animals that he once “cared for and nurtured”.

Comis speaks eloquently about this betrayal when he discusses the inquisitive pigs that followed him as he worked: “What [the pigs] don’t know is that this communion is a lie. I am not their herd-mate. I am a pig farmer…and sometime soon, I am going to have them killed”.

This fact is all the more potent as Comis acknowledges the sentience of the pigs: when he looks into their eyes, “there is always somebody looking back at [him]”. These are the same eyes that will be “as still and glassy as marbles” in the slaughterhouse.

Trailer for "The Last Pig"
https://vimeo.com/131246935

Happy Pigs make happy meat - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-comis/ha…

The Last Pig: farmer calls it quits, exposes betrayal involved in ‘humane’ meat - http://www.thescavenger.net/social-justice…

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Posted by Emily Leibowitz on October 29, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Re: “10 tickets left for Blood on the River a Lowcountry Boucherie

Yes, vegans do speak out for the animals, because let's face it, somebody has to try to protect the voiceless. Just because they can't talk, or walk, or whatever the "excuse du jour" is, doesn't mean they don't deserve any less right to live on this planet, unharmed, as we do. They can feel, they can form bonds, they have emotions and intelligence, and there are plenty other similarities between them and humans. It's a known fact, that pigs are more intelligent that dogs for example. Don't believe me? Do a google search. What did these animals that are going to be murdered in a few short hours (or any animals for that matter) ever do to us? Nothing, is the answer; their sole existence is their death sentence. Doesn't anyone see anything wrong with this picture? I feel like this is something that anyone with some logic and a bit of compassion would understand, if they were made aware of it. I don't see how vegans are the "crazy" ones when they are just trying to stop animals from being murdered and tortured unnecessarily, and yes it is totally unnecessary. Maybe at one time it was necessary, maybe in some far off inuit culture in alaska or some tribe in the amazon (that people always gleefully like to bring up) they still need to, but for the vast majority of us, that is simply no longer the case. Just because we like the taste of animals, doesn't justify killing them or hurting them. Especially, when we can be completely healthy on a vegan diet. There are tons of vegan bodybuilders out there, there's an NFL lineman that plays for the Bears, people who have participated in the Iron Man, long distance runners, the list goes on and on. Do a quick google search and you'll see people all over the world thriving on a vegan diet, so your argument saying that people need meat, dairy, eggs etc. to survive or be healthy is utter BS to be frank. Now as far as comparing us some some of religious zealots I could care less about what political party you are a part of or what religion you chose to practice as long as your lifestyle doesn't infringe on others rights to live to their fullest capacity. While you could say, "Oh, well your doing the same to me, you're infringing on my right to eat meat,dairy,eggs etc.?" There's a bit of logical fallacy with that statement: when your "right" involves the death or torture of another living being, it no longer becomes a "personal choice", and on that note, just because something is legal doesn't make it ethical. There have been plenty of unjust and morally reprehensible laws over the years, slavery, women not being able to vote, child labor, many things that still go on in other countries to this day. I'm not saying that as a vegan I'm perfect, nobody can claim to be, but the idea is to minimize harm to other sentient beings to the best of your ability, and it feels good to know that just by changing my diet I'm not only helping to save lives, but our only home, and improving my health. Last point i'll make is I lived 28 years of my life without being vegan or even vegetarian for that matter, so it's never too late to change. Once I knew what was going on I couldn't turn a blind eye to it any longer and I feel it is my duty to try to let others know about animals plight, and if that makes me crazy or fanatical or self-righteous or condescending, or whatever other name comes to mind when you think of vegans, so be it.

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Posted by Emily Leibowitz on October 25, 2015 at 5:40 AM
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