One has to admire HLN show anchor, Jane Velez-Mitchell for many reasons, one of the primary ones being her willingness and guts to report on industrialized animal abuse on factory farms and proposed new "Ag Gag" laws. (Ms. Velez-Mitchell is also a strong goose advocate, by the way).
On her program Friday night, Mitchell ran this report. (Warning: the video footage is extremely disturbing):
Personally, I know of no significant way to end the tyranny on factory farms aside from not partaking of and financially supporting the "products" from them.
However, there are also concrete actions to take, most notably, individual political lobbying.
Please take the time to let your Congressional and State representatives know that you vehemently oppose any "AG Gag" bills that are proposed either on the state or federal level.
To "criminalize" those who take great pains to bring us inside the establishments that are producing our so-called, "meat and dairy" is to nearly strangle the rights of the consumer to know how food is produced and thus, freedom itself.
To quote Dr. Phil McGraw: "Those who have nothing to hide, hide nothing."
Unfortunately, industrialized factory farms where 9 billion animals a year are raised and ultimately slaughtered "hide" a lot and want to keep on hiding.
It is hard to believe that anyone eating meat these days would want to consume an animal that has been, for all intensive purposes, nearly tortured or beaten to death.
If our bodies are "temples" exactly what are we putting into them?
These proposed bills and in some cases, actual law, don't want you to know or even think about.
That is unacceptable in a society that deems itself "civilized" and free.
It is truly hard to get out of one's head the images of the baby calf being savagely beaten among all the others which so sear the soul.
In some ways, I wish I had not seen these videos and yet, as Ms. Mitchell says, we have to be willing to "bear witness."
The question is, what do we then do about it?
And that is up to individual consciousness and willingness to confront painful reality. -- PCA