Real murder: what happens at a slaughterhouse

Following on from my blog post about the "murder" at the Nanakuli animal shelter, here is an account from Wikipedia of the mass murder process at a slaughterhouse (this is not for the faint of heart):

The slaughterhouse process differs by species and region and may be controlled by civil law as well as religious laws such as Kosher and Halal laws. A typical procedure follows:

Cattle (mostly steers and heifers, some cows, and even fewer bulls) are received by truck or rail from a ranch, farm, or feedlot.

Cattle are herded into holding pens.

Meet your Meat

A number of Down to Earth team members have taken advantage of our offer to pay for their ticket to go and see "Food, Inc." showing at Kahala Mall. One leaves the movie feeling a little sick, and not feeling good about the food supply, especially about how the animals are treated. This type of food production is relatively new, having occurred over the past 50 or so years. The long term health and societal effects are yet to be realized. I encourage everyone to see the movie, especially Down to Earth team members.

The cause is the factory farms, the government solution, kill deer, squirrels, and other wildlife!

Congress passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act today. This bill creates big administrative and cost burdens and new problems for small farmers and in particular organic farmers. Everyone is in favor of food safety, who isn't. But the real culprit is the big agribusiness factory farms (which create the environment for E coli to flourish), not the small organic producers, yet this bill imposes onerous requirements on small family organic farmers which won't lead to any increase in food safety, just more costs, and more bureaucracy.

"Objecting to fun was silly"

Back to my favorite story, the Wienermobile. There was a letter to the editor in the Honolulu Advertiser today. Unfortunately, it wasn't from me or any of my friends, so instead of saying how great it was to have a law that banned the Wienermobile, it said the Outdoor Circle came off looking silly to object to the Wienermobile. Here are some highlights:

Wienermobile in the news again

In the big news of the day the Wienermobile is in violation of state law and could be fined if it comes to Hawaii again, the fine for a first violation is between $200 - $1,000 and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. Hawaii apparently has a law that makes it illegal to promote the sale of wieners due to the innate cruelty involved in their production (slaughtered animals, intestines, all that stuff) and as they are so gross, disgusting and unhealthy, containing cancer causing nitrates and have a very high fat content...

Baby backs, spare ribs, and country or western ribs?

In the Island Life section of the Honolulu Advertiser today there is an article about ribs, how to cook them so they taste great. They had a photo of a "baby back" and then gave some clues on how to pick a good baby back: "Look for baby backs that have good fat marbling and are uniform in size. You should not see any bones popping through the meat." Whoa, whoa, isn't this like a little much? What are people thinking when they are eating someone else's back, especially a baby's? (The photo is of a baby back).

Down to Earth in Africa?

Sarah, Our Kahului store manager sent me an email the other day saying "a while back we donated a gift card to a woman named Jacqueline who runs a group called Carina Water Wells. They put up drinking water well in Tanzania. She wanted to use her gift card to get DTE shirts for the crew that builds the water wells. They all sent her the sizes they wanted and were really excited about getting them. She just sent photos. Pretty wild seeing people in Tanzania all wearing DTE shirts. "

Wienermobile Crashes Into Wisconsin Home

Some people really love their Oscar Mayer Wieners and according to the Wienermobile horn, which plays the Oscar Mayer jingle, some people (who obviously have no consciousness of what they are saying) actually want to be wieners, but I am not sure that too many people love wieners so much that they want the Wienermobile as part of their home as happened to a Wisconsin homeowner last Saturday, July 18, 2009. (These Wienermobiles are generating a lot of interest lately aren't they!)

Oscar G. Mayer dies at 95

July 8, 2009: Oscar G Mayer, retired chairman of the Wisconsin-based meat processing company that bears his name, has died at the age of 95. He was the third Oscar Mayer in the family that founded Oscar Mayer Foods, which was once the largest private employer in Madison. Mayer retired as chairman of the board in 1977 at age 62 soon after the company recorded its first $1 billion year. The company was later sold to General Foods and is now a business unit of Kraft.