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by Rhianna Lynch category: Animals
We rarely know them, yet trillions of animals suffer and die without us ever learning who they truly are.
Most of them don't even have names, just numbers on tags and barcodes.
When you drive through the country roads in Spring, do you think of where the lambs go when they're no longer playing in the fields?
When you buy meat from a butcher, do you think of the individuals from whom each cut came from?
When you pick up a frozen chicken, do you think of how they lived and died before being wrapped in plastic?
Most of us would agree that animals aren't things, and if pets were sold as products we'd be disgusted and outraged regardless of what labels their flesh was given, "humane", "free-range", "local" or otherwise. We know this because every year, the Yulin dog meat festival in China is protested for being barbaric all over the world, including in China itself.
The only difference between pets and farmed animals is how we've been taught to treat them: deliberately boiling a single dog alive is horrific, but boiling a pig alive* is an acceptable accident of slaughtering hundreds of animals as quickly as possible (less animals killed each day = less bodies sold).
Does it matter whether selling animals off as meat makes money? No.
Does it matter whether eating animals is normal? No.
No matter how long we've been eating animals or why we started, it's 2017 going on 2018 and we now know we need to eat cattle, pigs, chickens and fishes as much as we need to eat dogs, cats and horses- we don't.
If you understand, please try going vegan for one month this new year: thousands of people will be taking the challenge with you!
*Pigs and poultry are boiled after their throats are slit to remove their bristles and feathers, but many aren't stunned properly and enter the scalding tanks fully conscious.
Animal lover, environmentalist, and human-rights supporter, I believe in The Golden Rule, "Treat others the way you'd treat yourself", and helping others as far as possible and practical!