Posted in Animal Cruelty, Animal Welfare, Factory Farming, Farmed Animals, tagged Animal Cruelty, animal suffering, Factory Farming, politics, slaughterhouses, turkeys, videos on November 21, 2008|
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Wow. I have to say that our nation escaped a complete disaster when we elected the Obama-Biden ticket as opposed to McCain-Palin. Sarah Palin was recently interviewed at a farm (slaughter-house??) “pardoning” a turkey for Thanksgiving, while right behind her another turkey is meeting its demise–and she could care less. She’s happy go-lucky the whole time talking about how grateful she is for her family and blahblahblah – completely oblivious to the fact that an animal is struggling to live right behind her for what seems like an eternity (actually over 3 minutes, which would be quite a long time if you were suffering horribly).
Meanwhile, the guy who’s doing the killing keeps staring at Palin and at the camera presumably thinking this is the greatest day of his entire life: “Look, ma! I’m on TV and I’m killin’ a bird!” What an accomplishment!
Here’s the video – it’s not overly graphic, but not really what I’d call “pleasant” to watch either – so, watch at your own risk. Anyway, with any luck, maybe a few people who saw it will think twice about turkey this Thanksgiving.
For some reason I can’t embed the video in this post, so check it out HERE.
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Our political leaders have a profound effect on how animals are treated in this country. They enact – or fail to enact, in many cases – laws regarding the treatment of wildlife, companion animals, and “food” animals. The U.S. is regrettably behind the times when it comes to many of these issues, and it seems to me that this is most noticeable in how animals used for food are treated. For example, in Western Europe, non-cage egg production has reached 35%, while it comprises a more modest 4% of all U.S. production. The EU will, by law, be entirely cage free by 2012.
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a complete disaster for animals, and electing her to be our next vice president would be a colassal mistake. Palin has a horrific record when it comes to animal rights – just look at this picture of her sporting fur and you get a peek into her regard for the lives of non-human animals.
In order to boost populations of moose and caribou for trophy hunting, Palin has tried to pass legislation that would make it easier for state officials to gun down wolves and bears from helicopters. Palin denies that polar bears are a threatened species and went as far as filing a lawsuit to reverse the Bush Administration’s decision to add them to the Endangered Species list.
In her short time as a politician, Palin has clearly demonstrated that her interests are in no way aligned with those of animal rights advocates. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and a staunch conservative with no regard for the lives of animals, the thought of her being one step away from the presidency should the Republican party stay in power is terrifying to me, as it should be to any animal advocate. Given her record on wildlife issues, I can’t imagine her supporting any legislation that would positively impact the lives of those animals who are most oppressed: “food” animals. We cannot afford to go backwards on these issues, and electing her would undoubtedly hinder any progress toward creating better lives for our farmed friends.
For more information on how politicians nationally and locally have voted on animal welfare issues, check out the Humane Society’s Humane Scorecard.
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