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Animal rights: “Clean” kill still ends precious life

April 18, 2014

OC: At times, people refer to the Humane Slaughter Act, a law enacted by Congress. I disagree. There can be no humane slaughter. Ending a life is bitterly cruel and inhumane. If you replace non-human animal with human animal you would understand that humane slaughter is an oxymoron, a law to make HUMANS feel better, yet the animals are still killed, which can never be humane: killing is killing, and, by definition, cannot be done in a humane manner. No animal, human or non-human, can be characterized as treated humanely if killed violently, exploitatively.

Source Missoulian

In so many ways, animals are the same as you and I. Mothers give tender loving care to their babies and will fight to the death to protect them. Parents may go without food to feed their young. They play games, have tempers, get jealous, frustrated, angry, feel the loss of loved ones, pain, anxiety, hunger, happiness, and sing with joy at just being alive and most of all, their lives are precious to them and they will fight tooth-and-claw to keep it. Yes, they have the same emotional attributes you and I have.

Best of all, the animals we call wild are free, free from human imprisonment and enslavement. They’ve managed themselves for millions of years without human interference.

Then, men with guns appeared. Five billion passenger pigeons once darkened the skies of this land, now not a single one is alive today. Sixty million buffalo were callously slaughtered, left to rot on the prairies, and had not 260 miraculously escaped detection, hidden away in a remote valley in Yellowstone, the bison too would now be extinct.

All the wolves were slaughtered by guns, poison and traps to the last whimpering pup; other animals were also victims of these idiotic genocides. And there are those who say the bison and wolves should be exterminated again. Some management.

A recent letter implied it was OK to kill an animal if the kill was clean. Well, no death in the wild is clean, no, not from the barrel of a high-powered rifle, or painfully caught in a steel trap waiting for their executioner to bludgeon them to death.

Yes, their lives are as precious to them as ours are to us. They are different in that they kill to survive and not for sport or a few silver dollars.

Leonard Stastny,


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anytime innocent blood is spilled.
there is nothing clean or humane
for that animal,

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

13 Comments leave one →
  1. lovegan permalink
    April 18, 2014 12:40 pm

    Murder can’t be humane


  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    April 18, 2014 12:41 pm

    anytime innocent blood is spilled.
    there is nothing clean or humane
    for that animal,


    • April 18, 2014 2:10 pm

      Love it! Thank you for your perfection, hon. 🙂


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        April 18, 2014 5:11 pm

        You are so very welcome and thank you!


  3. April 18, 2014 12:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Vegan Lynx.


  4. Karin Nelson permalink
    April 18, 2014 1:33 pm

    I agree 100%. Vegan is the only way to go! Thank You for your articles and all you do!



  5. Amish Shah permalink
    April 19, 2014 10:52 pm

    There can be no justification of any kind for killing of any living being. Just because we humans are blessed with somewhat more strength then those poor animals, does not give any right to us to kill those innocent creatures, for god knows what all various absurd reasons. Basic is, we cant give life to anyone and likewise we do not have any right to take away anyone’s life. It is inhumane for we human beings to even think about taking lives of any other living being. Hope, sense prevails in all those, who are on wrong path of killings.

    Really appreciate all you are doing for this movement. Keep it up. All the best.


    • April 20, 2014 5:25 pm

      Thank you for your insightful comments,I completely agree. There is zero justification! These precious lives have the right to live freely! Thank you so much for your support.


  6. freedomveg permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:57 am

    Reblogged this on freedomveg.


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