October 27, 2010
I just finished watching a video on PETA’s website called ‘Glass Walls’. It is narrated by Paul McCartney, and his belief is that “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian”. After watching this video, I completely agree.
Here are some (horrifying) snippets from the video:
Chickens & turkeys are forced to live in enclosed spaces by the tens of thousands, in their own excrement. The tip of their beaks are cut off with a hot blade. Their muscles waste away & their bones deteriorate, from lack of use. Their feet get cut by the metal bottoms of their cages. The hens used for laying eggs can’t even spread their wings. Some never see the sun. Their legs are shackled & their throats are slit while they’re still conscious.
Pigs are engineered to grow faster than their bodies can sustain. Breeding sows are treated like machines. Sick or undersized piglets are killed by “thumping” them against a hard surface. Stunning isn’t reliable, so many pigs are still conscious when their throats are slit.
The modern diet cows are fed leaves them bloated & in pain. Cows in the dairy industry are kept perpetually pregnant. They are genetically manipulated to produce 10x the amount of milk their bodies would naturally produce. Their babies are taken away shortly after birth, because we want their milk instead. Several times per day they are hooked up to machines, which causes painful mastitis from repeated milking. As soon as dairy cows stop producing milk, they are sent to slaughter, as they no longer serve a purpose.
Fish are killed by the billions. Dolphins, whales, and turtles are often caught by fishing hooks and nets. Marine scientists predict that if the ocean continues to be raped at the current rate, by 2048 there will be no more fish. Fish farms are not a better solution. Fish are forced to live in toxic cesspools of their own waste, where there is lots of disease. Fish consumption is the #1 cause of food poisoning, and the only significant way humans are exposed to mercury.
Modern meat production is responsible for outbreaks of mad cow disease, SARS, the bird flu, E. coli & salmonella.
Animal flesh is full of fat and cholesterol, both which contribute to the epidemic of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
According to United Nation’s scientists, eating meat makes 40% more greenhouse gases (the kind that cause climate change) than all the world’s transportation systems – combined. They also report that it is the top contributor to land degradation, water shortages, and environmental pollution.
Paul McCartney wraps up the video by saying that only prejudice makes us think there is a difference between abusing a cat or dog (which you can go to jail for), and abusing a chicken or pig. He says that eating meat is bad for our health, bad for the environment, and directly supports animal cruelty. Ugh.
Now I’m not gonna lie to you – even though this is a short video, it packs a powerful punch. It totally made me cry. Some of the imagery is quite brutal. I am seriously reconsidering my current lifestyle. I highly recommend watching this video. It will only take 13 minutes out of your life, but could change your life, and potentially save the lives of animals – the ones you decide not to eat anymore. But don’t take my word for it. Watch for yourself.
For more information on PETA, visit their website. (www.peta.org)