Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Humane Slaughtering"

Hello everyone!

Earlier today, I stumbled upon an article written by The Onion called "We Raise All Our Beef Humanely On Open Pasture And Then We Hang Them Upside Down And Slash Their Throats".

As many of you may already know, The Onion is a satirical news organization that features many articles that comment on current events and problems - all from a satirical viewpoint.  The article I have enclosed is written from the point-of-view of a farmer.  This narrator touts that all of their cows are raised ethically and humanely; however, he then goes on to describe the process by which they go about killing the cows.  Through satire, The Onion effectively shows that the idea of "humane slaughtering" is ridiculous because even though the cows may have been "treated to exceptional care" during their lifetime, at the end, they will still be killed.  The Onion shows this by contrasting the farmer's rhetoric of how they humanely treat the animals, to the gross depiction of the actual slaughtering.

I hope everyone enjoys this humorous, yet thought-provoking, article.  I would love to hear what all of you think!

~ Cosme

1 comment:

  1. Jeez, honestly I couldn't even bring myself to finish reading the article because it was so detailed. I really like the heavy satire in the article though. It brings light to what many people like to pretend is "right" to make themselves feel better about the situation. It also questions the whole definition of life. When does it start, when does it end? Most people will accept the fact that the cow lived on grass and say that the cows had good life but they will willingly ignore the way the cow was killed. Sure it may be just an article but this reflects a lot of the way animals are treated.
    Goldfish, for example, mostly have terrible lives. From the place they are breed, to the pet store containers they spend a lot of time in and to the hands of the children who are supposed to take care of them. Over 50% of the fish breed are dead before they leave the breeding places, another portion die in the pet stores and on average last around a couple months at the most.
    It's terrible the way people treat animals and the fact that they think its fine to treat them that way is scary.