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CAFO Calf Cruelty

Story ID:7134
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various USA
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I was told that I could not send Mercy for Animal exposes on oped because they are promotional. At least that's what I think they said, and of course, I respect their policies. However, I was very happy for the couple of times when they did go through. And all the more since some states with large CAFO interests are trying to stop cruelty videoptaping with legislation which would forbid it.

At the suggestion of the e-mail site where I read about this, I e-mailed some of the legislators in either Iowa or Missouri telling them my concern in this regard. I was happy that the two or three legislators responding agreed that such a law if passed would be an infringment of people's right to free speech. I hope that the majority were of the same opinion and that this legislation will die and disappear.

Since I cannot send the Mercy for Animals e-mail which contained the link to this calf cruelty, I asked Nathan Runkle to send me the link so that anyone on oped who wants to view it can. I had already sent his e-mail to friends and family with the exception of my older sister who I knew would not be able to watch a man repeatedly strike with a heavy club two downed, innocent, and vulerable calves. I myself couldn't watch more than that. However, if there is is one videotape on animal cruelty which should circle the globe, this may well be it. This is the link: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/calves

I think that if enough caring people would view this tape, it might provoke a large hue and cry.
I hope it will cause us to take action of some kind. Spreading this video tape is one such action. Hopefully,
cluing in our legislators and church leaders about the need to do something in this regard may lead to CAFO reform.

Yet another way to help our farm animals is to reduce the consumption of large quantities of meat,
milk, and eggs. I believe that if we ever hope to make a case for returning our farm animals to any sort of
normal, untortured existence, then cutting back on these "needs" will help. Some of you may even
decide to make a giant leap and become vegetarian.

This is a short post but then I may be only one of a very small minority who think "less is more." I believe words aren't really needed but viewing the videotape is.