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Mindful Meats: My Neighborhood Slaughterhouse

October 1, 2018
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By Hope Bohanec

“Mindful” Meats?

I live in ag country. When you drive around Sonoma County, especially getting out of any city just by a couple of miles, there are signs of animal agriculture everywhere. I often drive by dairy operations with signs posted that say “Real California Milk” and “Certified Organic Dairy,” as if appeasing the people driving by implying that “only good things are happening on this farm.” Yet if you look closer you may see rows and rows of white plastic calf hutches, like uniformed cartons of milk, each containing a tiny baby calf who was taken from her mother at birth, chained to the plastic hutch in all weather extremes–alone, frightened, and miserable. For each of these calves there is a grieving mother who will never know her baby, traumatized with each calf dragged from her after birth.

My Neighborhood Slaughterhouse

Most people have no clue what is truly going on inside animal agriculture, especially the slaughterhouse – that ominous place that ends all tomorrows for farmed animals. There is a slaughterhouse down the street from where I live in Petaluma on a major road just outside of downtown. For many years it was called Rancho Veal. Of course, veal has been exposed to be the poster-child of cruelty and most people now agree that confining a baby cow so tight that he can’t even turn around, then slaughtering him when he is just weeks old, is callous and cruel. But what people don’t realize is that most animals who are slaughtered for meat are just weeks or months old when they take their portentous journey to the abattoir.

Rancho Veal was recently acquired by Marin Sun Farms and received a fresh coat of bright white paint complete with their logo, looming two stories high, on the front of the building. On the west wall, facing the oncoming traffic heading to downtown, they added huge letters spelling out the name of a producer they’re in partnership with, “Mindful Meats.” When I first drove by this new sizable marketing endeavor, I had to pull over and take a moment for a figurative face-palm. Shaking my head, I pondered what I was seeing. It’s truly appalling and as a spiritual person, I am deeply disturbed.

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to possibly consider any form of slaughter humane
is morally bankrupt
and frankly,
insane!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

9 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 1, 2018 4:34 am

    to possibly consider any form of slaughter humane
    is morally bankrupt
    and frankly,
    insane!

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    • October 1, 2018 6:48 am

      Absolutely perfect, thank you so much, hon, I love it. ❤ (Nothing humane ever happens outside the slaughterhouse, either!)

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  2. October 1, 2018 2:02 pm

    😦 no comment

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  3. October 5, 2018 1:12 pm

    Thought you might like to see this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC2MENfvTgM. It’s very anglo-centric but I hope you like it anyway.

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    • October 5, 2018 1:44 pm

      We live in a killing culture; it has become common and expected, people are indifferent and immune to it. We need more empathy, for people to ask themselves, “what if it were me?” The alien example automatically conjures feelings of repulsion and horror, we need to extend that legitimate and justified response towards all animals, not just human animals. Great video, thanks so much, Sarah.

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      • October 5, 2018 1:58 pm

        You’re welcome. In your experience, do people seem to be getting more violent? I’ve been horrified at some of the violence directed towards peaceful protestors (I’m thinking pro-abortion people against pro-lifers). Do vegan activists get more or less violent opposition than they used to, do you think? It seems to have become a bit more acceptable to be vegan but I suppose there must still be plenty of people who get upset by the vegan message.

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        • October 5, 2018 4:19 pm

          It’s interesting in that, even though it is a growing movement and thereby more acknowledged, people seem to be getting more intolerant, perhaps because when it’s small and fringe, it’s unimportant or different enough to be considered meaningless, the people who practice “crazy”. But as it gets bigger, it gets more noticed, and the further it threatens people, people who profit, people who hunt, people who are ambivalent, etc. In other words, as it grows, so, too, does the violence against it, from citizens, media, industry, law enforcement. And as you so aptly state as in the case of pro-abortion towards pro-lifers, it’s peaceful protestors and non-violent protestors who are met with violence when it’s the OTHERS who are violent. Here you can be an animal rescuer and be labeled a terrorist (AETA); what’s twisted is it’s the animal abusers/tormentors/torturers/exploiters/murderers who are the real terrorists. It baffles me that people don’t get that. Thanks, Sarah.

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          • October 5, 2018 4:32 pm

            I thought that might be the case. Well, I suppose it’s progress of a sort. 😏 Let’s hope this stage doesn’t last too long.

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