Monday, August 4, 2008
Horse Slaughter: A Completely Un-Necessary Evil
With all the evils in the world, you would think it would behoove us as humanitarians, to work towards minimizing and/or eradicating the ones that we can, the "un-necessary evils," if you will. When looking upon evils, we have to make the distinction, what are necessary evils as opposed to un-necessary ones? Well, I would say that the necessary evils, that is, evils that we are powerless to change immediately, are things like war, inequality in a capatilist society, and, at this point in time, air pollution and the slaughter of animals for food. So what is an un-necessary evil? Well, war mongering, for one. We may need war as a necessary evil when it comes to defending our country but that dosnt mean we need to promote it, embrace it or utilize it casually. It should be the "weapon of last resort." Inequality can also be seen as an un-necessary evil as there are curative measures that would "level the playing field," if only the desire by the powers-that-be (PTB) were there, same goes for the necessary evil we are now facing with air polltion, there are curative measures there also if only, again, the PTB would care enough to work towards minimizing it. The slaughter of animals for food is a necessary evil as long as there is a demand for it in the United States, and there will always be a demand for beef steaks, pork chops, bacon, poultry, lamb, etc., but when America takes to slaughtering non-food animals to export for human consumption abroad, well that is what we call a completely un-necessary evil. Americans do not eat our horses, or our cats and dogs. The United States Department of Agriculture has a list of "offical" approved "food-chain" animals and you wont find the horses, dogs, cats (or hamsters, guinea pigs, canaries, etc.) on that list. Still, (and this is one of Americas "Dirty Little Secrets" now being exposed,) ......that America is the worlds largest exporter of horses for human consumption abroad, and it is not for the purposes of feeding the poor. Quite the contrary, the horses we ship abroad for human consumption will be sold at high-end butchers shops and European restaurants where only the wealthy can afford to buy, "A Taste of a Kentucky Derby Winner." Remember Ferdinand. Remember Exceller, and so many thousands more lesser known equine champions and athletes. Americans, shame on us.