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Backyard Animal Farming is NOT a "Humane" Alternative to Industrial Animal Farming

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      United Poultry Concerns - http://www.UPC-online.org/
      7 December 2012

      Backyard Animal Farming is NOT a "Humane" Alternative to Industrial Animal
      Farming

      Florida Investigation Documents Horses, Cows, Pigs, Goats, Sheep, and Birds
      Being Tortured

      Lest anyone think backyard animal farming is a "humane" alternative to factory
      farming, please watch this undercover video by Richard "Kudo" Couto's Animal
      Recovery Mission (ARM) of two farms in Hillsborough County, Florida. The
      investigation prompted the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to file a lawsuit on
      December 4, 2012 in Florida's 13th District Court against Hillsborough
      County's Cuesta Farm and Planchart Farm for criminal violations of Florida's
      nuisance laws which allow private citizens to bring forth nuisance suits.
      http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2237

      As summarized by ALDF's press release on December 4:

      ALDF's extensive video investigation exposes the shocking abuses committed on
      these so-called "backyard slaughter" farms. Animals are tortured, whipped, and
      starved. Children are present at both the slaughter and butchering of animals.
      In one example, defendants gutted a pig and dragged him with a meat hook while
      he was still alive and struggling. In another case, a defendant and an
      unidentified young girl butchered a live goat. They stabbed him, made holes in
      each of his hind legs with a knife so he could be hung from meat hooks, sliced
      the nerves in his neck, and beat him with a meat cleaver. Florida's humane
      slaughter and cruelty codes clearly prohibit such acts of abuse.

      The cruelty documented by ARM's investigator for ALDF's lawsuit is not unique. A
      whole new animal abuse enterprise is developing in the United States and
      elsewhere in the name of "food sovereignty," "sustainability," "food
      security," and the like. The Internet has created a theater beyond the barnyard
      for displaying one's cruelty to chickens and other victims of animal farming and
      "food choice." See, for example, [1]"The Butcher Next Door" by James
      McWilliams.

      As of now, the outlook for animals on a planet overrun by humans is completely
      bleak. It is bad enough that backyard animal farming is benefitting from the
      "green/local" movement to satisfy a desire to dominate and humiliate birds and
      other creatures and torture them to death; but facilitation by wealthy animal
      "protection" organizations adds to the grim forecast. These groups are exporting
      animal farming assistance using the same language that all animal exploiters and
      government agencies use to promote and disguise their activities. Instead of
      promoting sustainable plant-based agriculture in poor countries, Humane Society
      International states, for example:

      To ensure long-term food security, particularly for vulnerable groups in the
      developing world, development finance and policies must favor small farmers who
      give proper care to their animals, act in accordance with the basic ethic of
      compassion towards animals under their control, and practice and promote more
      humane and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

      Erika Abrams, cofounder of Animal Aid in India, quotes this statement in an
      [2]ANIMAL PEOPLE op-ed in July/August 2012 in which she debunks the delusion of
      a "humane" village dairy industry in India and the "misguided belief" that
      backyard poultry farming in India will slow the growth of factory egg farming,
      "which has already captured more than 90% of the fast-growing Indian market for
      eggs." Instead of promoting backyard animal farms, which "only parcel out the
      cruelty associated with factory farming into smaller units," Abrams writes that
      animal welfare organizations should take a positive approach in India and
      elsewhere by "limiting their arguments to explaining the cruelty suffered by
      hens, chicks, and chickens; explaining the environmental ruin that comes from
      having unnaturally-bred birds; explaining the health disaster that occurs as a
      result of keeping the sheer number of birds whom humans have bred and
      intensively housed; and explaining the negative health effects of consuming eggs
      and meat."

      The question is: why won't they?

      In More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, I
      document some of the traditional poultry farming practices in England and
      America from the Middle Ages onward. In Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own
      Hatching," Michael Greger, MD, documents traditional animal farming practices in
      Asia, where avian and porcine influenzas are believed to have originated many
      centuries ago, leading to worldwide epidemics, where, for example, caged
      chickens have traditionally been placed "directly over feeding troughs in pig
      pens which in turn are positioned above fish ponds. The pigs eat the bird
      droppings and then defecate into the [fish] ponds."

      Picture the fact that every single day in Hong Kong alone, 100,000 plus chickens
      are brought from Guangdong province to be sold alive in more than a thousand
      "wet" markets in which chickens, ducks, geese and quails are crammed and stacked
      in small plastic cages, the birds defecating on one another amid blood, feces,
      feathers, intestines, and disease organisms. Unsold birds go back to the
      province and are then returned to the markets in a continuous recycling. See
      Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) – What You Need to Know:
      http://www.upc-online.org/poultry_diseases/birdflu.html

      With the human population predicted to rise to 9 billion people by 2050, who
      thinks for a minute that hundreds of billions of animals consumed by humans
      every year will be "raised and slaughtered humanely"? When there were fewer than
      one billion humans, animals were treated atrociously. For an idea of how
      chickens and other farm animals were/are handled and slaughtered in traditional
      Russian villages, read The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, starting
      with "The Slaughterer," in which a ritual slaughterer who is forced to take the
      job and is considered crazy by the villagers for his sensitivity to animals goes
      insane.

      Singer describes from his own childhood how housewives would often tear
      chickens' feathers out while they were still alive and bleeding. All the
      cruelties of modern farming, including rape by farmers of their turkeys and
      chickens, cows and goats ("a farm boy's first girlfriend is a mule" is an old
      saying), are rooted in traditional farming practices and attitudes. There is no
      Golden Age of animal farming to go back to or look forward to. There is no
      shortage of nutritional plant foods on earth. How could any animal advocate do
      less for animals than to celebrate and promote this fact and these foods? –
      Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns

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      More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality by Karen
      Davis, PhD - Now available as a Free PDF:
      http://www.upc-online.org/turkeys/more_than_a_meal.pdf

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      References

      1.
      http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2012/06/diy_animal_slaughter_urban_hipsters_think_it_s_a_good_idea_it_isn_t_.html
      2.
      http://www.animalpeoplenews.org/anp/2012/08/07/let-us-not-call-for-donor-support-for-small-farmers-by-erika-abrams-cofounder-animal-aid/
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