Earthlings: Episode 3 - Food

Our next episode makes us confront a topic that is so often avoided and distorted in order to avert our eyes from the truly brutal, torturous and murderous realities of the food industry. Utterly shocking in scale and viscous in practice. We kill some 70 Billion animals per year for human consumption, a number so enormously horrifying it is beyond comprehension.

We begin by viewing a small example of the level of abuse animals are put through in slaughterhouses even before they are then essentially executed. The slaughterhouse industry by its very nature is liable to attract sadists into its employ, and we see evidence time and again of this being the case across the food industry globally.

As the episode progresses, Joaquin takes us through the various stages of food production and catalogues each method used across the species we deem as our “food”:

Branding (link) - which in the case of cows due to be sold as “beef” is done on their faces Dehorning - never with anaesthetic and the horns are extracted with pliers Transportation - in conditions that would not be amiss in a war crimes tribunal Milking - which in the case of dairy cows means being chained up all day everyday before dying at the age of four, a grotesque 16 years before their potential life expectancy of 20. Captive bolt gun (link) - which are not uncommonly failing to kill the animal before it makes its way down the “meat” processing line Bleeding where cattles are hoisted up upside down by their feet and their throats slit Kosher Slaughter - where there are many examples of the “highest standards of cleanliness”, as claimed by the proponents of Kosher slaughter, not being met, violating their own code of ethics, but more atrociously violating the animal in ways that words do not do justice to Veal - who are taken from their mother’s at two days old and are immediately put through an existence that is miserable almost beyond compare Pigs- bred on an astronomical scale, the females are kept permanently pregnant through artificial insemination, which could and should be termed rape. The dignity that is ripped away from pigs, and all animals in our genocidal food chain, cannot be expressed sufficiently in prose Ear Clipping - another procedure yet again done without any anaesthetic Teeth Cutting - speaks for itself Castration - is, like the others, done in utterly brutal fashion, and once again without anaesthetic due to the belief that it makes for a fattier better tasting meat Electric Prods - used for “handling” Electrocution - another method of execution used Throat Slitting - “still” the least expensive way to kill an animal Boiling and Hair Removal - seeing the hair removal process which pigs go through is simply horrifying Poultry - the figures on slaughter and consumption grew exponentially through the 20th Century to levels that are hard to comprehend Debeaking - a process that, in part, was designed to stop cannibalism amongst chickens resulting from the abhorrent social dynamic we put them in Living conditions - the degree of crowdedness leads to a complete stripping away of the chickens dignity Transportation - where suffocation is a hugely common and tragic outcome for the animals Slaughter - the sadism on show here raises huge questions morally and principally for anyone engaged in this food system Seafood - we shouldn’t think that by eating fish we are necessarily eating more healthily given what our species has pumped into the ocean Disease - the animal and agricultural system is a breeding ground for viruses, threatening outbreaks at any time which will have huge consequences for our species Whaling - prohibition has not had the impact we may often hope it has, and the weaponry used against whales is war like Dolphins - a species which is frequently presented as happy and gregarious in its interactions with humans, but that really is not the case in reality

2005
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