|Alex Macmillan - Northland beef farmer and |
artificial insemination technician. Source http://www.teara.govt.nz
(Warning: this post is not graphic but discusses sensitive topics. In case the title wasn't enough of a clue.)DairyNZ senior scientist and project leader Dr Chris Burke says “More cows in-calf means more milk in the vat before Christmas, fewer replacements required, more flexibility when making culling decisions to improve herds and better returns overall for dairy farmers.”
But can we ask how rewarding it will be for the cows in this study? Nationwide outrage was generated against animal testing for party pills; sadly animal testing to increase productivity barely raises an eyebrow.
(For extra credit and fun, also ask a New Zealand farmer to say "killing" and "culling" and see if you hear any difference.)
If I were an animal, what is the difference?
|I did not consent||I did not consent|
|High - I might be hurt or killed for fun or by accident||High - I might be hurt or culled (oops, killed) for fun, by accident, or if I am not economically beneficial.|
|I won't get pregnant.||High. I am meant to get pregnant (if I can't, I may be killed...erm...culled)
The stress of pregnancy and lactation is business as usual for my body, with my babies taken away to be more industrial product. I will be sicker and die earlier.
|I'm used for pleasure.||I'm used for profit.|
|It is illegal to do this to me.||It is legal to do this to me, and encouraged and rewarded.|
Legal links and loopholes
Admittedly, bestiality isn't even illegal in a lot of places. You may not want to recognise a link between bestiality and animal husbandry, and New Zealand and Australian law still both sorta take it for granted that farmers and other breeders are just doing their job when they...do the job.
Maine) have seen the logical need to exclude animal husbandry's intimate interference with animals' bodies. Similar exemptions are listed for other practices of cruelty to animals.
So it's OK to abuse animals, even sexually, as long as someone is making money out of it, and not just enjoying it.
Because they're just animals. Right?
|Go vegan please...|