Animal Liberation Essay

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CARD #1 The meat that we eat today is usually raised in factory farms and killed in abattoirs. It is then presented for our consumption, sliced, minced and parsley sprigged in our butcher, cling wrapped and barcoded in our supermarket, or slammed into buns and sauced in our fast food joints. Worldwide, more than 80 billion land animals, of many kinds, are raised and killed each year as food for one particular group called Homosapiens. CARD #2 If you accept that animals have rights, raising and killing animals for food is morally wrong. An animal raised for food is being used by others rather than being respected for itself. It is being treated as a means to human ends and not as an end in itself. This is a clear violation of the animal's rights. No matter how humanely an animal is treated in the process, raising and killing it for food remains morally wrong. CARD #3 In Matthew Scullys book The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy he tells of a visit to a pig farm; Sows had been engineered to weigh 500 pounds each, Pigs are crowded twenty each in pens only 7 ½ feet square, the animals Chew on the tails of animals in front of them, which leads to infection. Which then leads to “tail docking” to fix this problem, a procedure in which the pigs tails are snipped by pliers to prevent others from chewing on them and risking infection. CARD #4 These animals are genetically engineered by machines, inseminated by machines, monitored, herded, electrocuted, stabbed, cleaned, cut and packaged by machines—themselves treated as machines “from birth to bacon”—these creatures, when eaten, have hardly ever been touched by human hands.” CARD#5 Eating meat is not at all required for health. A recent study conducted over 20 years, found that eating just three ounces of meat a day increases your risk of dying by 13 percent—and that number

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