a contagious viral disease of cattle and sheep, causing ulceration of the hoofs and around the mouth
to put your foot in your mouth
to say something stupid or embarrassing
ABC ran an exposé about a slave plantation, Willet Dairy, in New York state on Jan. 26, 2010. The slaves in question were allegedly being horribly mistreated above and beyond what is considered “humane” slave treatment by the workers. If you haven’t seen it yet, the footage is here. The footage used was obtained by Mercy For Animals, and adds to the monstrous heap of undeniable evidence that cruelty is the norm in slavery operations such as these. Now that ABC has finally caught up with and examined decades old wisdom, farmers are (once again) coming out in droves to claim that this is “just a few bad apples” – that what was represented was one-sided, is not a an accurate representation of the dairy industry as a whole, and is just one example. Which is funny (paradoxically) because no one buys it when animal “terrorists” use that defense. The fact that many sources estimate that 99% of farmed animals are raised using factory-style methods eludes them. The $350 million in stimulus funds does not soothe their troubles. And if, as they claim, that money went to factory-farms, this does nothing to incite their opposition. The slave-owners who insist that they exploit their slaves “humanely” and that inhumane treatment is intolerable, consistently rally against animal-rights proponents and opponents of factory farms on blogs, news sites, etc., and through the lack of support of and prevention of legislation. What the fuck is their deal?
Peace Is Coming For You has decided to unleash (with an extra dose of catharsis, and profanity to drill that shit in) a volatile and furiously reactive one-sided view of our own – diagnosing these dairy farmers that don’t really matter of contracting a viral disease around the mouth that causes them to say stupid or embarrassing things. Hoof-in-mouth disease.
Some examples from the comments made by “humane” dairy farmers on ABCnews.com:
I live on a family dairy farm. We treat our animals as well as people treat their children. maybe even better! Dogs that people treat as children are exactly like our cows. I call my favorite cow my baby, they have a personality too!
Yeah, because people force inseminate and milk their children and dogs all the time!
I am seriously hurt that people have no respect for dairy farmers. where do you think your food comes from?
Well, according to Farmforward.com, “Factory farming now accounts for more than 99 percent of all farmed animals raised. and slaughtered in the United States.” So if it comes from an animal, we’re guessing it comes from a farm like this. Why should we respect these dairy farmers?
The day that everyone fends for themselves will be amazing, there are kids who live in the city that have NO idea where food comes from and that is crushing.
“Fends for themselves” would mean not relying on animals for food, no? And there are many “kids from the city” – recent famous ones being John Foer and Rob Kenner – who have tried to find out where most of the food is produced. The ones who produce it won’t allow it…Hmmm.
I though school was to learn? We aren’t learning much because unless your school has an agriculture department no classes are available.
Most agriculture departments at universities teach “Better Living Through Chemistry” – they teach how to factory farm. Ask Howard Lyman, 4th Generation rancher and farmer turned vegan.
if you have a problem, try buying land which is high priced, seed, a tractor, a planter, fertilizer. then buy a cow, a chicken a pig, and see if it eats what you try to feed it. And see if you can butcher it yourself.
Is this a defense of the practices ABC showed? Does this mean that there is no problem? And does this state that people who slaughter and butcher animals are some sort of elite group, accomplishing what no mere mortal could accomplish? Or that these killers are specially trained in a lost and forbidden art of assassination to which the general public is not privy?
PEOPLE: stop overlooking who provides you with your food! stop disrespecting how we do our jobs.
So, showing videos of who produces the food is overlooking who produces the food? Consumers should just shut up and go about there business? “Nothing to see here, move along…”
if a hidden camera went into your offices, there might be some light shone on you that isn’t exactly impressive.
Not to say anyone isn’t mutilating anyone else on a regular basis at any office, but it seems highly unlikely. It is definitely not the standard office practice. There don’t seem to be too many videos of sick, dying, and dead people at every single large office building, either. If all the large corporations did abuse their “employees”, though, the small-business owners would probably would not rally in support of “offices in general”.
family farms have a hard time surviving because we DO NOT get enough money for our products.
Thanks to factory farms. Tell us why, again, you are not explicitly against factory farming and this type of treatment?
ABC NEWS: How about a story about the POSITIVE side of dairy farming or all farming!
YouTube would be a good start to try and educate the public about the wonders and joys of animal exploitation. There’s a lot of competition, though. For every one happy farm video, there will always be hundreds of factory farm cruelty videos to compete with. They are the industry. “Happy” farmers are fucking clownshoes. Maybe ABC wants to report on what’s happening on farms that are actually responsible for a great deal of the products available. No one wants to watch you fisting cows.
dairy farmers are suffering enough with pay losses and debt, making us look like horrible people does not help.
Who the fuck isn’t suffering? The dairy industry – the large businesses that matter financially – just received $24 billion in TARP funds. All the small-potatoes farmers got fucked royally by the same industry they purport to be a part of.
As i said before if we went into your office and made a video, you might be treating a co worker negatively. maybe only on occasion. well this is one instance. i feel the same way. one instance of mistreatment.
One instance? It seems most dairy farmers who accuse “city folks” of never having been to a farm, have never been to a factory farm and do not have any significant clue about their (small farmers) role, or the role of factory farms in industry. Torture. Is. Standard. Industry. Practice. Most animals exist (they ain’t livin’) in concentration camps. An “eternal Treblinka”. (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, Concentration Camp – Get it? Got it? Good.)
I love our cows and they are our children. please shine some light on positivity already!!! thank you.
How many farmers sodomize their own children? (Now that we think about it, that may be a question that would provide an unwanted answer.) How many steal child’s their breast milk? How many farmers send their grandsons to be slaughtered? And what, exactly, is the positive side of slavery, even if the torture is minimized?
This is just one of hundreds more comments like this. Here is another:
It is disgraceful that ABC has decided to air this story of abuse and promotes it as ‘the norm’ in the dairy industry. The procedures performed in this segment are not typical. Dehorning and tail docking are performed in many instances, but not in the fashion shown in this video footage.
So, other “fashions” such as rubber banding aren’t painful, and neither is just scooping the horn out with a horn-spoon. Did we mention the rape-rack? “Humane” farms still consistently mutilate animals for the farmer’s benefit. This footage was G-rated compared to most of the footage available.
However, we cannot really blame ABC. They are showing what ‘the people, the consumers’ want to see. They (consumers) are not interested in the numerous stories of farmers, producers and veterinarians that show the actual majority of farms: animals being handled and treated humanely.
Really? The people want to see people abusing animals? Really? Consumers want to see animals suffering? Is this why Earthlings is the #1 movie? Is this why people have such a horrible time visiting farm sanctuaries? As for veterinarians, from AVMA,org: “The AVMA opposes routine tail docking of cattle. Current scientific literature indicates that routine tail docking provides no benefit to the animal, and that tail docking can lead to distress during fly seasons. When medically necessary, amputation of tails must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.”
Oh, these stories exist, numerous accounts of them…
Farm Sanctuary (also in NY) has many positive stories about animals being treated humanely, but they actually treat them humanely – they don’t exploit the animals they care for. Their stories don’t end in the animals being killed and eaten. There is even a documentary about them.
…but they will never be aired on the news because that simply does not sell to the general public, and that is the job of companies such as ABC—selling air time to advertisers, which requires ratings.
The day Farm Sanctuary is featured on Nightline is the day that the coverage won’t be one-sided. For now, not farming animals is never presented as a possible solution by any mainstream outlet. It’s not small-farm vs. big farm as it is usually reported. It’s abolitionists vs animal exploiters with a spectrum of different views in between. Abolitionists get zero exposure. Small farmers benefit from billions in advertising indirectly promoting their products. Quit complaining. The day that small farmers are handing out pamphlets at colleges to spread their humane message is the day they can invoke the “grass roots” mentality. Further, there couldn’t possibly be any advertisers from the dairy industry that might be instrumental in preventing the majority of stories like this from being aired, could there? Posilac…anyone? There couldn’t be any advertisers preventing the abolitionist message from being considered in the mainstream, could there?
The average consumer wants to be horrified, mortified and generally disgusted, which is why news coverage is what it is (murder, child molestation/kidnapping, violence, etc).
What is farming if not child kidnapping, violence, murder, slavery, or torture? When farmers stick their entire arm in a cow’s rectum is that not anal rape – sodomy? When calves are dragged away from their mothers, is that not kidnapping? When animals’ horns or tails are mutilated is that not violence and torture? Is slaughter different than murder? When herds of animals are culled is this not genocide? One need not stray any further than a local “humane” farm to see brutal injustice and inhumanity.
I am not defending the actions seen in the video footage, they are not appropriate. However, do not be fooled into thinking that scenarios such as these are commonplace in the dairy industry. Before you jump to conclusions, take it upon yourselves to become educated in a topic and not blindly believing any media propaganda that you come across.
To be able to give such good advice but be unable to take it, while a profound curse, amounts to no more than willful ignorance.
These arguments are repeated hundreds of times by slave owners who think they actually represent even a small portion of what happens to animals on a daily basis. Like this one:
Seriously! Cows in filthy conditions! Have any of you (editors and producers) ever walked through a cow barn? It’s by nature filthy!
Maybe that’s how most of our zoonotic diseases in humans were spread from animals, from you dirty fucks!
Pastures aren’t much better and tend to be more dangerous for both cows and man.
Pastures aren’t better? Really? For who? Well, when one predator wants to keep his prey away from other predators, he usually hides them like a sneaky little bitch. But which is more dangerous to the cow? Possibly being eaten by a wolf or definitely being eaten by a human?
Dairy farmers are constantly cleaning pens, and barns. However, they are barns, that’s the point. Animals create and lay in their own filth. That is what they do.
How many wild animals lay in their own filth? Maybe farm animals do this because their trapped in a fucking barn!
As far as abuse, yes abuse is intolerable. However, what is your definition of abuse? Dehorning is not abuse. It would be abuse to leave those horns on. Think about it.
I guess it does depend on one’s definition of abuse. Oxford American Dictionary defines it as “use or treat in such a way as to cause damage or harm” I think dehorning would fit this definition. Wait, wha? It would be abuse to leave the horns on the cow? Wow. Obviously “God” or whatever fucked up when making cows because apparently farmers have decided that they are extraneous. So farmers have their own language and own rules about how animals are supposed to have evolved.
How many cows and calves would be injured due to the horns being left on?
How many cows need to be crammed together so tightly that this might be a problem? This doesn’t happen in the wild, or with ample space to move.
Cows have a pecking order and it is constantly changing. Horns would be extremely dangerous for the cows and for the people tending them.
Horns aren’t dangerous to people who aren’t trying to steal the cow’s baby or milk.
Tail docking if done properly is fairly painless and should be done when the animal is a calf.
How the fuck would anyone know what is fairly painless to a cow? How could anyone assume that getting your fucking tail cut off is not painful? And of course it should done be when their calves, otherwise a 2000 lb. animal is going to kick you in the naughty-bits once you get behind them and try to cut their tail off!
There are different methods in tail docking, so it is a dairy farmers choice of when it should be done. Tail docking does help with the cleanliness of the animal and it helps prevent the spread of mastitis
The tail is docked because the environment is filthy, not because cow’s tails give them mastitis. It is banned the U.K. You know what else prevents the spread of mastitis? Not farming animals!
Not to mention, if you ever have milked cows getting hit in the face with a frozen, manure tail is not much fun.
I’m sure it’s better than being born into slavery.
Doesn’t taste good either.
You eat shit! Ha ha.
Before you condemn dairy farmers maybe you should get to know one and spend a day in their shoes. Farming is hard. Go try it sometime.
Why would anyone want to spend a day in a farmers shoes? No one wants to cut the tails off animals or eat shit. Animal farms are not fun places. Huge companies exploit animals to make money, and people give them money so they don’t have to do it. Small-farmers are just that – small. As in infinitesimal. You know what’s not as hard or cruel and provides more food than any animal farm? Vegetable farms! Before you condemn vegans, try it sometime.
These small dairy farmers, who average less than 100 cows, are not feeding the world as they claim. They have little to no impact on the supply side of things, yet they are under the impression that they are responsible for the majority of production. It makes absolutely no sense for small-time dairy farmers to argue with the videos and ABC. If anything, you’d think they would take these events as an opportunity to distance themselves from large-scale production and drive clientele to their farms, but as they continue to demonstrate, they’re all infected with the hoof in mouth.
The replies weren’t all defensive farmers. Some people are outright done with milk:
Wow! I can’t believe they do these things to animals! I am never drinking milk again!
Maybe if there were a strong go vegan message on ABC’s video like in the video on MFA’s website, it wouldn’t be just milk.
Some are confused, but may be put on the right track with vegan education:
I will only buy SOY MILK from this point forward, and I will start the transition to exclusive Goat Cheese products. Good-by ice-cream. I regret that I did not make these changes in 1989 when I stopped eating beef and pork.
Just go vegan already!
Of course the cosmically-tuned vegans were there:
This mistreatment happens all over the slaughter industry. Animals are just a cash producing product. The collective Karma for this is going to be terrible. One of many reasons I’ve been a vege for over 30 years.
And the welfarists:
if you are a dairy farmer doing the right thing and treating your animals humanely, you should applaud this ABC report, because it encourages people do buy milk from the humane farms who are treating their animals well.i abhor the farm factories that treat animals like nothing more than a product without feelings or a right to be treated kindly. Enjoy a pasture, free space, sunshine and without torture. BRAVO ABC!!! Come on America!!! Buy only food you know has come from people with a conscience! Let these other idiots go out of business!!
Many comments were just ignorant or hateful. (On the Interwebs? No, it can’t be!):
Cows are milk production machines. They are also hamburgers, steaks, belts, coats, chairs, etc. Do you think there would even be cows without all these benefits for HUMANS. They would have become extinct hundreds of years ago. Treating them cruel is not acceptable, but there is a thing called a food chain and luckily we are at the top. Yum!
Kickin or reading
But mostly it was farmers defending themselves. One, very…creatively. By lumping themselves in with boy-fuckers.
In the same way that priests, teachers, and individuals in other professions do things to make others in their profession look bad, those of us in the agricultural industry have the same problem. And, just like priests, teachers, etc. there are far more good dairy producers out there than bad.
Priests? Really? Stay classy, Wisconsin!
We have cleverly formulated our own fictional response acting as mouthpiece for the real dairy industry – the factory farms:
Dear Small Farmers,
Increases in population and demand for animal products requires the use of modern farming methods, such as those seen on ABC. Confined operations such as ours maximize efficiency while minimizing inputs. High-density and controlled chemical applications for antibiotics in feed, pesticides and hormones deliver maximum results resulting in maximum profits for farmers. Shortage of land, water, and fossil fuels requires food production to be highly centralized and production maximized if producers are to meet demand. The methods used before the advent of CAFOs are costly, inefficient, and will never meet the high demand put on industry by consumers. And in the end, you guys are doing the same inhumane shit.
Signed, The Big Boys
P.S.- Thanks for defending us every chance you get, it really helps! Now STFU and get out of the way.
Of course, this is a sterile version of what would actually be said. We’ve all seen how they talk to their animals.
Also, a response to consumers:
Dear dairy consumers,
The only way to meet the increasingly high demand for animal products is through the application of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) to animal agriculture. Demand for low prices forces us to cut costs wherever possible, often resulting in what might look like abuse. It is surely not. Regardless of what you or any scientists or veterinarians say, it is simply not abuse. Honest. Unless consumers are willing to pay $35 for a pound of beef, or $20 for a gallon of milk, tail-docking, de-horning, etc. are part of the true cost of production. The choice is clear. Factory farms are the only way to meet the demand you the evil consumer puts on us the benevolent producer. We wouldn’t do these things if we were not forced to by the American People. We also wouldn’t do these things if we weren’t paid by the American people. Thanks for the $24 billion, go fuck yourselves.
Signed, The Big Boys
P.S. – Anyone who disagrees with us is a terrorist.
The Humane Challenge
One of the sharper knives commenting challenged farmers:
“Okay, so you all say that YOU don’t know any farmers who do this, YOU have never encountered this kind of cruelty. Well, do you join with the animal rights people to push for legislation to outlaw this kind of cruelty? Do you support them in banning gestation crates for pregnant pigs, or cramming chickens in cages stacked on top of one another, or confining calves to crates where they can’t even turn around? If as you all say, this is not industry standard and if no one YOU know does this, and most farmers “love” their animals, then you would all be supporting outlawing these kinds of practices. But my guess is no. Not one of you will stand side by side with animal rights people to outlaw these practices. Animal rightists wouldn’t have a leg to stand on if in fact, this type of stuff was rare. It isn’t rare and that is the problem. It is all too common. 90% of animals we use for food are raised on factory farms in these conditions and I bet not a one of you apologists have EVER come out on the side of animal rights people who are trying to expose this cruelty. Look at the posts here. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Put you money where your mouth is — it this is so rare, if this is such an isolated case, then I would love to see a bunch of “family” farmers come out and stand side by side with animal rights people when they try to get the NY bill to ban tail docking because, you know, THEY never do anything like that. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.”
Good point. But. These “humane” farmers claim that these are isolated incidents. Does it make sense for them to support legislation banning something they don’t see as a significant or widespread problem? They claim that this is a one-sided argument – meaning that if given the chance, the farmers depicted would be able to justify what they are doing. Does it make sense for them to rally against people who they think are justified in what they are doing? They claim that “humane” farmers are responsible for the majority of the production of animal products. With delusions of grandeur such as these, are these slave-owners mentally competent enough to be engaging in any type of relevant political discourse?
The challenge to farmers to step-up and support welfarists in passing the NY ban is kind of a teensy cupcake.
The demand for animal products creates and sustains the industry producing them, not the other way around. Those who should be ashamed are not just the exploiters that side with worse exploiters, but also those who support these industries three times every day in ignorance. To their credit, consumers are purposefully misinformed by industry. But ignorance is not a good excuse in the information age. If you don’t know about factory farms you are living under a fucking rock.
Superficially, “humane” farmers and ARAs joining together to campaign against factory-farming seems like a good idea for welfarists and abolitionists – strategy-wise. If enough welfare laws are passed that farming becomes uneconomical, abolitionists gain more ground in the eyes of the public. This does not seem realistic, though, considering the amount of influence the Big Boys already have over government, compounded by new politi-corporate finance legislation. (Michael Taylor…Anyone?) Unfortunately the cliche join-together-to-fight-a-common-enemy “temporary He-Man/Skeletor alliance” isn’t an option. Last time we checked, public opinion (voting) doesn’t really matter. (Bush…Twice?) Now we vote with our dollars.
But to vote wisely, even with our dollars, we need to be educated. If the general public learns one thing from this type of exposure, hopefully it’s that they know fuck-all about their food. And hopefully they start to do something about it besides placing the blame elsewhere. The tiniest bit of effort put into researching our food yields myriad profound and unexpected results. Every time exposure like this is presented outside the tiny AR world and gets projected in the mainstream (and not by PeTA), millions get challenged to think about their choices. Are they up for it?
Here’s the real challenge for “humane” exploiters:
On this, the 28th day of January, Twenty-Ten
Peace Is Coming For You
A Challenge To All So-Called “Humane” Farmers
to demonstrate how you treat animals. Do the undercover investigator’s job for them. Don’t tell us, show us. Videotape the “humane” tail-docking, and the “happy” de-horning. Show us the nicest way to castrate a pig. Show us how you inseminate the cows. Show us what happens to your male calves. Show us the “humane” slaughter process. Explain why it’s done, and why it’s necessary. Be honest with us, show us how you treat animals when no one is looking. Show us how you are different than factory farms. Let us decide what we think is humane and what we want to support. The ones who keep you in business, who pay your bills will decide if they want to continue doing that. If you want us to see your side of the story, show us – don’t wait for someone to show up with a camera sewn inside their jacket.
Also, to explain how it is possible to meet increasing demand without concentrated/confined operations. With 80% of current land used by humans dedicated to animal slavery, translating to 30% of total global land area – most of those animals existing in concentration camps – how do you plan to feed the world with 50 cows?
Which begs the question, is it possible to be a humane farmer?
And an equal challenge to consumers:
On this, the 28th day of January, Twenty-Ten
Peace Is Coming For You
A Challenge To All consumers Of Animal Products
to watch Earthlings, to learn more about the animals you eat or support the exploitation of, and to research the ways in which 99% of animals are treated on factory farms. Then research even the 1% exploited on small “humane” farms, and ask yourself: Is any of this necessary? Do I want to be a part of this?
For the most part, it seems people have forgotten the most important moral guide – the golden rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated. When considering animals – who feel pain, fear, and loss just like us – the best (and easiest) way to decide is to ask yourself: would I want this done to me? If this is the question we ask, the answer – when it comes to animal exploitation – is always “fuck no”.
Go vegan. Now. It’s easier than you think, and it’s never going to be a better time.
Peace Is Coming For You.
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