|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Things That Went Moo in the Night
Over three million dairy cows are sent to U.S. slaughterhouses each year. Imagine for a moment each creature's experience. She is loaded onto a crowded truck, packed in tightly with her sisters. She is then driven many miles in the middle of the night to her death. Some animals do not make it that far. They cry. They scream. Those unlucky enough to survive the trip are roughly unloaded from the truck, and are prodded with electrical devices of torture to go up a ramp to their final fate. Stun gun, sharp knife to the throat, meat hook; some remain conscious as the blood still drains from the wounds in their necks. Those who feel pain react by kicking wildly, and are rewarded by having their thrashing legs removed by chainsaw. The adrenaline permeates their flesh. A used up dairy cow is culled from her herd and sent to the slaughterhouse when she is no longer profitable to the dairy farmer. Often times, disease ravishes her stressed body. Tumors grow. Leukemia or tuberculosis or bovine AIDS overwhelms her stressed immune system. Three times per day milking dissolves their bones from within. Nearly one-hundred percent of cows end their lives this way. They are given no respect as living, feeling creatures. Ear tags merely identify cows as numbered agricultural units. Each living animal is skinned, gutted, and beheaded. The sum total of her life is now referred to as meat. She is cut up into halves, then quartered, then portioned. During the month of March, 2003, one-thousand special cows were cut up into steaks and the meat was stored in freezers. These animals are special because of what happened to them on Sunday, June 30, 2003. Stampede Meat Company of Chicago recalled the body parts of these 1,000 processed creatures, and have been directed by the United States Department of Agriculture to destroy the meat. One of the great ironies is that much of the meat has already been distributed to restaurants and supermarkets in Canada. We ban their meat for fear of Mad Cow Disease, and then ship them our potentially lethal meat tainted with E. coli. The recall: Source Article You may call Stampede's toll-free number with your comments: 1-800-353-0933. A herd of 1,000 discarded cows lived to die so that their universal statement could be heard: Our flesh is tainted. We live to serve you and then our diseased flesh is recycled into your bodies.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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