#NOTyourdinner

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Tonight 7 News broadcasted an interesting story speaking, of the cruel treatment of rabbit farming and how these rabbits are crammed into tiny cages (often with dead rabbits) and infested with diseases.

You can find the full story here: 

https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/32652631/disturbing-footage-prompts-call-to-ban-simply-cruel-rabbit-farming-industry/

While it made me so happy to hear that any form of animal cruelty is making national news and raising awareness, it also broke my heart and made me a little bit angry to the lack of awareness people have about the animal industry as a whole. ¬†Did you know, chickens are treated equally as horrible, if not worse than those rabbits? Unfortunatly¬†to most of us, we will care more about the rabbits than we do the chickens because we like eating the chickens therefore we do not really place a high value on their life. ¬†The term ‘cage free’ eggs essentially acts as a euphemism. ¬†Chickens raised for meat and egg laying spend their lives crammed in tiny cages. ¬†Male chicks are essentially useless because they cannot lay eggs are are expensive to raise, therefore they are killed through a grinder. ¬†We are so desensatised from where our food comes from and it’s a fact most of us do not like to acknowledge.

This leads me to my next point.  Who are we to decide, whose life is of greater importance than another?  Do we think we are so superior and powerful that we can choose to slaughter pigs for our enjoyment, but still keep dogs as pets? People are so outraged by Chinese cultures who consume dog meat, but how different is it really from consuming pig meat? Did you know (courtesy of http://www.peta.org/features/dog-pig/):

  • Pigs dream and see in colour
  • Pigs outperform 3-year-old human children on cognition tests and are smarter than any domestic animal, and animal experts consider them more trainable than cats or dogs.
  • Pigs are sociable and like to snuggle up to each other when they sleep
  • Pigs are hygienic

You might be thinking ‘aw this is cute’, understandably. ¬†I have seen so many videos on Facebook of piglets walking about and there is no shortage of ‘this is so cute’ comments ¬†This brings me back to my previous point of the fact that we make such little connection between whats on our plate and whats in front of us that we are basically hypocrites. ¬†How can we call animals ‘cute’, pretend to love them but choose one to eat but not the other? Why are we so outraged at the thought of eating dogs?¬†The only difference is our attitude..

 

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-R

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