Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Turkeys aren't the only ones

“This is the first time in U.S. history that factory-farm employees have been convicted of abusing factory-farmed turkeys.” –PETA news via email.

The story began with an undercover investigation by PETA reps, who had documented horrors in a West Virginia plant. For example, workers were documented “breaking turkeys' necks, stomping on their heads, and shoving feces and feed into turkeys' mouths.”

A couple of the men involved in this heinousness pleaded guilty and were sentenced to months of home confinement; one is forbidden to have any contact with any animal for a specified period.

You ask, were these human beings doing this to helpless animals?! The answer, sadly, is yes. We have to wonder:

* what kind of home does such a person return to each day after work?
* how does he treat his wife, his children, the animal companions that may be there?
* what does he think about his own and others’ behavior at the plant? does he have any idea at all of how beastially he has behaved?
* for how long has he done such things . . . and why?
* what kind of education did he have? what kind of religion does he claim?
* how many people who come in contact with him would do the same awful things to animals without a second thought?
* what would it take for such a person to feel remorse?
* what’s the atmosphere in the processing plant like? and what does its management know or care about?

Finally, are these men any different from those who rape women or torture prisoners? I don’t think so.

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