Rat killers punishable by up to 3 years in prison

There has been a lot of press about the televised killing and eating of a rat on a British reality show filmed in the Australian bush; and the two people involved are potentially facing up to three years in prison. This is interesting. Now, could someone please explain to me why someone can be imprisoned for up to three years for killing and eating a rat, but there is no penalty whatsoever for anyone involved in the slaughter of over 10 billion animals a year in the US alone? I simply just don’t get it, am I missing something?

Back to the Peacock!

On December 1, 2009 the Honolulu Advertiser provided an update on the case of the woman accused of brutally bashing a peacock with a baseball bat back in May 2009. You may recall that after bashing it she left it to die while it piteously cried for over an hour. She explained that the bashing occurred because she couldn’t take its noise anymore. Her attorney is now seeking to have the animal cruelty charges against her dismissed on the basis that peacocks “are detrimental to human life."

Animal Shelter operator files lawsuit

In an update about the Leeward Coast animal shelter which was accused of animal hoarding and cruelty to animals, the owner has filed a lawsuit against the Hawaiian Humane Society and several other local and national animal welfare societies. The following is from the Honolulu Advertiser story on the lawsuit: The surviving owner of the Leeward Coast animal shelter where more than 400 dogs, cats and birds were housed in a no-kill sanctuary has filed a lawsuit against several local and national animal welfare organizations, including the Hawaiian Humane Society.

Severed cow's head used in Malaysian protest

In a rather gruesome incident twelve Muslims have been charged in Malaysia with illegal assembly and six of them have been charged with sedition, which is defined as an act that may engender "feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races", after parading a severed cow's head in a protest against the planned relocation of a Hindu temple to their neighborhood.

"I say, if you eat animals, you eat animals."

A LA Times article on September 4, 2009 was about a Korean vegetarian's efforts to garner signatures for a petition to stop the eating of dog meat in Korea. In the past westerner's have criticized the eating of dogs as inhumane, but Koreans have tended to disregard that as being merely hypocritical opinion. One government official who eats dog meat stated "Westerners eat one type of animal and tell the world they can't eat another. I say, if you eat animals, you eat animals."

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.