Cow Attack Reprisal

Always ready to make a correction where mistakes have been made we now believe that the injured farmer in post ‘Cow Attack‘ was a beef farmer not a dairy farmer.

In tribute to the beef farmers of the world here is ‘Human(e) Meat’ by everyone’s favourite hardcore band Propagandhi.

Cow Attack

The East Anglian Daily Times reports that a farmer was seriously injured by a cow protecting her calf.

Though the meatismurder team would not revel in anyone being hurt, surely even the dullest of observers must see the cruel pathos of a cow hurting a farmer to protect her young.

The truth is that over 100,000 male dairy calves are killed each year as they can’t produce milk (Link.). Further 1000s are live shipped abroad for veal.

And those girls that are ‘lucky’ enough to live? They can typically enter the pregnancy, milk production, calf removal process before a young death. See MilkMyths to learn what is so abhorrent about the dairy industry.

We of course point out that the injured farmer might not engage in any of these standard farming practises and may well have a house full of happy young male calves and farm full of female cows that live out their days as autonomous individuals rather than milk machines.

India Set to Become World’s Largest Beef Exporter

Here at meatismurder we have reported before about the surprising size of the dairy industry in India; surprising because of the position held by cows in India.

Today we learn that by the end of 2012 India will be the world’s largest exporter of beef.

Read the linked article from Ecorazzi for details, but the clue is that beef does not always have to be from a cow.

Cloned Animal Meat Back Again

Cloned Animal Meat is back on the news agenda again (see this Daily Mail article as an example). Seemingly little by little, it is mentioned more and more often so that it becomes background noise and something that may be seen as inevitable.
Allowed in North and South America, and Asia, but essentially prohibited in Europe, cloned meat production keeps making the news.
Studies tend to be heralded discussing the impact to human health with no discussion given over to the consequences to the animals involved – or to food security.

CIWF state:

Research shows that cloned animals frequently die from heart failure, respiratory problems, and defective immune systems. Cloning also magnifies the worst selective breeding practices of industrial farming: Animals pushed genetically to unnaturally high yields and rapid growth suffer debilitating physical ailments.

Cloning is likely to be used to produce copies of the highest yielding and fastest growing of these animals, and could escalate factory farming to a new and alarming level.

The RSPCA state:

Fewer than five per cent of cloned embryos usually survive to birth.

Where animals are born alive, they often have breathing problems, tumours, liver defects or other abnormalities, and have a reduced lifespan.

Egg are not lovely

An American animal advocacy organization, Mercy For Animals, has been able to gain undercover footage of the practices of commercial chicken hatcheries. Please watch and if you are not yet vegan, think about what your money supports the next time you buy an egg or a product containing egg.

Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the shocking reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery – Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa.

New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries.

The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks’ mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine.

For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine – tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 30 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker – a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.

Remainder of article at MFA

Badger Cull Cancelled

Common sense and scientific reason has prevailed and the English badger cull has been cancelled due to the government considering an earlier, larger scale report that proved no conclusive link between badgers and bovine TB. This has aggravated farmers who are going to stamp and shout about it instead of putting their own house in order and improve the living conditions of and stop the movements of the animals in their charge. Or they could go one step further and just stand aside from the death industries altogether. (Badgers and Bovine TB information at Animal Aid.)

From BBC

The government has decided against a cull of badgers in England to control TB in cattle, the BBC understands.Its decision goes against former chief scientific adviser Sir David King’s recommendations, made in 2007, that a cull could be an effective measure.
The decision has angered the National Farmers’ Union, which claims cattle TB has already cost the industry millions. In April a “targeted cull” of badgers was announced in Wales as part of a plan to eradicate TB in cattle.

But ministers have instead accepted the scientific arguments of the Independent Scientific Group on TB in Cattle.
NFU president Peter Kendall told BBC News that Westminster had “ducked the issue” and that the union would be organising a protest outside Parliament next week. A policy announcement is due on Monday. The ISG’s analysis – an earlier and much larger study than Sir David’s – concluded that culling badgers would not be economic.

However the imminent cull in Wales remains.