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Paul McCartney - Glass Walls (Disturbing)

WARNING: THIS IS A VERY DISTURBING VIDEO. But I think it's a necessary video for the public to see, to help put a stop to factory farms, which is why I'm posting this.

"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian." -- Paul McCartney

Please help put the factory farms out of business by going either vegan; pescetarian; or, if you eat meat, buying Certified Humane animal products only -- and please share this video. Thanks and Happy Easter.


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Conditions can be barbaric, but our demand for humane

treatment of farm animals is making a difference! In 2003, 143,000 products were "Certified Humane - Raised & Handled." In 2012, the number was 76,780,067.

Please check out the CERTIFIED HUMANE organization's website. It details the certification process and provides lists of participating companies, stores, and restaurants: http://www.certifiedhumane.org There is also a list of ways consumers can take action: http://www.certifiedhumane.org/index.php?page=take-action

Of particular interest for us here at the Daily Paul, don't miss THE STORY. "...In 1998, Adele Douglass, now the Executive Director of Humane Farm Animal Care, creator of the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program had a vision that the fastest way to change these practices was through a market places solution..."

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir


When I used to eat meat, I checked that organization out and found they're legit and do have high standards (much higher than USDA organic for sure!). I also liked the fact that they make unannounced visits to the farms that they certify.

Peta:People eating tasty animals!

I'm going to the meat market right now to get a 3" thick ribeye for the grill later. Yum Yum...

This is what happens to USDA

This is what happens to USDA approved meat. Now go to your local farm and you will see no such thing. The reason for prayer before a meal is not only to thank God, but also ask that what you are about to put in your mouth will not kill you. Keep the government out, they only do more harm than good

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

I know it take commitment.

I have been a vegan for two years. I have lost 50 lbs. I have a six pack for the first time. My blood work is great. My doctor can not believe how great my numbers are.

I know it is difficult to relearn. Well, the benefits are worth it.

I have a similar experience

I had mild depression and lethargy for a few years and always figured it was a hormonal imbalance (peri-menopause age). I tried everything, from pills to vitamins to herbs, and nothing worked. But after giving up meat and dairy, those symptoms left in a couple of weeks and have never returned, which I didn't expect at all.

Paul McCartney is a moron.

While I have zero love for factory farming, the nice little quote provided along with this video by McCartney is pure rubbish. I've seen the slaughter process of steers, swine, chickens and lambs alike and it has done ZERO to affect my diet.

And to the morons who are pontificating about how man was vegan before Noah in the bible, the proper answer is that we were vegan before THE FALL, ergo before being expelled from Eden. There is a lot of language in the bible regarding treating animals humanely that should be followed, but at no point does the bible condemn the consumption of meat as a whole, and the New Testament abrogated all of the Old Testament prohibitions on consuming shellfish and swine.

Instead of quoting the bible, why don't people actually study it?

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

Eating animals can hurt you.

It took me years to stop. I do eat eggs that are from pasture raised hens. I eat them seldom. It has been an exciting adventure watching my body change. Maybe you will try it. There is a lot of support on the internet. Good luck.

If you need to go to a health retreat. I like http://www.annwigmore.org/dates.html it was excellent.

Be well, Republic Man

NOT eathing animals can hurt you

It's all the processed oil, sugar, and flour that is killing people

During the time of Noah...

...not before the fall. See Genesis 9:

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." ~ Genesis 9:1-3

No need to get defensive about being a meat eater, though, for that is not why I posted this video. I posted it to bring attention to what goes on every day, hidden from public view. If these were dogs and cats, these factory farm owners and workers would be in prison. Yet when it comes to these poor creatures, it's just business.

God bless Paul McCartney for helping to bring this animal torture to the public's attention.

After the fall...

...not after the flood. See Genesis 4:3-5

“And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell”.

Abel kept livestock and offered a "blood sacrifice" to God that is typical of the one that you referenced later, which is attached to the ritual meal of passover and also of the kosher diet. Granted, the prohibitions on consuming non-kosher foods was lifted when the Gospel was fulfilled, and the prohibition on consuming blood and strangled animals was abrogated by John Knox and the Westminister Assembly when they rightly deemed the church ordinance of the apostles (which was to accommodate Jews that were being brought into the church) was no longer necessary, which is church is at liberty to do given that the prohibition was ceremonial and not attached to any natural or moral binding by the Law of God.

I am not defensive about being a meat eater, I am explaining to you that your biblical exegesis is erroneous and that your attempts to turn the bible into your own little propaganda book for pushing veganism is offensive. Furthermore, dogs and cats are given similar treatment in China, so are you suggesting that the Chinese people are morally inferior to you as well while we're on the subject?

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

Perspective from a hog slaughterhouse worker...

I worked in a hog slaughterhouse two summers (2001 & 2002) during college as it was the best paying temp position I could find.

The first summer, I worked on the "hot" side of the plant, which does the initial processing: slaughter, decapitation, primary cuts (to halve the hog), and processing of all internal organs (hearts, kidneys, intestines,...ovaries, etc.). I was used as a general worker to fill in for absent workers, so I pretty much did everything except special-skill jobs. When I wasn't filling-in, they stuck me on the large intestine processing line (literally flushing the sh#t out of intestines). I was also on the daily clean up crew which hosed the place down with fire hoses during lunch break. I was covered with blood, guts, feces, and urine daily. For about 2 weeks of the height of summer, they had me out back "herding" the live hogs toward their slaughter. More on this in a second.

My second summer I worked on the cold side in bacon smoking and processing. It smelled great, and we'd snack on delicious smoked meat all shift. Despite these "perks" this work was actually much harder physically as pork bellies (bacon) were 15-30 lb frozen slabs of fat that were incredibly slippery. We'd process a couple thousand bellies a day...very hard on hands and fingers. And I will stand by this til the day I die: Uncomfortably cold is worse than uncomfortably hot.

So, my first hand account of treatment of live hogs comes from the 2 weeks I was assigned to herd live hogs toward their slaughter.

The system was set up to be humane:

The group of penned hogs would be moved (by use of electric prods and mostly harmless plastic paddles) toward increasingly narrowing chutes (like funnels) until the hogs were in single file chutes. They would then be driven into gas chambers in groups of 3-4 and be exposed to excessive CO2 gas which would cause them to black out. The factory transitioned from electric shock to gas just months before I started working. The hogs would then be hanged upside down by their a hind leg and their throat would be cut (more of a stabbing motion than a slicing motion). Initially it was a blood explosion, but the hogs would hardly even react. After 10 seconds or so, they were pretty much dead, probably not even conscious for any of it.

Like I said..."set up" to be very humane.

But here's what actually happens:

Hogs don't herd worth crap. They aren't sheep! The hogs in the front get spooked easily and the ones in the back just pile on sometimes 3 or 4 high, crushing / suffocating the hogs on the bottom. Broken bones and other injuries were common place.

Hogs don't have a way to deal with heat (naturally, they'd dig in shaded ground). In the summer that place was typically a few degrees hotter than outside temps, reaching 100F+ often. Hogs basically shut down when overheated.

When hogs get injured or overheated they block the flow of hogs which pisses off the workers something fierce. Workers will use a steel rod with a hook on the end and hook the inside of the hog's mouth and drag it out of the way. Sometimes they'd hook inside the hog's anus instead. The hog's instinctively react to pain by digging in and pulling the other way, making it worse. These hogs weigh 200-300 lbs so you can imagine the force needed to drag them. I will never forget the squealing...exactly like 3:35 in the video...in fact they were probably trying to move that hog by the hook-in-mouth technique.

When moved out of the way, trouble hogs (usually just overheated) were repeatedly kicked, punched, and beaten with rods by frustrated workers. This could go on for a while, until a supervisor would come around and use some sort of a gun that looked like a power screwdriver to shoot the "sidelined" hogs in the head. Not sure if it was an actual bullet, or a retracting rod that would penetrate the skull. I saw one hog kicking and squealing for 30 seconds or so after the "shot" to the head before slowing down and eventually dying there.

I never saw a worker reprimanded for beating a hog, even right in front of a supervisor.

Previous abuse was also evident, as the hogs were often in really bad shape when they arrived at the slaughterhouse. Lame or broken legs, abscessed pockets of infection on their bodies, tumors, lost eyes, and scars and wounds of all sorts were very common. I understand that hogs can be quite bullying to each other and constantly bite weaker or newer hogs when kept in confinement.

So that's that.

No, I am not a vegetarian. In fact, bacon is probably my favorite food. I have no ethical issue with killing of animals for food...in the same way I have no ethical issues with killing plants for food.

I'm definitely troubled by the inhumane conditions I witnessed. I think the industry probably has incentives to improve the conditions and should definitely do that. In my opinion, oversight of ethical treatment of animals is something that falls under the realm of reasonable government, to some degree (not sure exactly what degree). I just don't accept that property rights give owners the unfettered right to unnecessarily torture animals.

At the same time, people need to remember to compare alternative options. Without people eating meat, these animals would never be alive. And it's not like the natural life of these animals (hogs in this case) is some rosy sweet Disney tale...even the few that actually get to survive the harshness of nature probably end up dying in natural ways that are equally awful.

That doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to unnecessary inhumane treatment...just keep a perspective.

I think its hilarious the

I think its hilarious the ridiculous argument about abused animals but at the end of the day you're still eating meat.. Yup raise it all nice and lovey dovey and then last day cut its head off and mush its muscles up in your mouth and.. GULP! swallow. At the end of the day none of u give a fuck about these food animals lives. They are just a product for you to grow kill and consume. Sorry if you don't like the truth. Sure it would be nicer to treat the animals better, it makes for a better end product.. But don't try to pretend like you give a f*k about the animal. I'm not a vegan or vegetarian, but its a fact you don't even need meat to live a healthy life.

I agree

I personally have felt so much better and healthier since giving up meat, and I'm so glad I did. I could never go back nor do I want to.

But there are many on Daily Paul who thought, it appeared, I was putting up this video to try to persuade them to become vegan, and that was not my purpose. So I re-edited my statement re the video to include Certified Humane if they refuse to give up meat.

The first and foremost important thing to me is to put these factory farms out of business for good. I think that's what everyone who has a heart can agree on.

Missleading Video

There is no doubt that these videos are real, but the makers are trying to show that it represents the entire meat industry and that is simply B.S. Go to a slaughterhouse and look for yourselves. It won't be pretty, I can guarantee you that, but it won't be what you saw in the video. I have been twice to slaughterhouses, once in the USA and once in Brazil. Both had quick means to kill the animals. Economically speaking, what you see in the video makes no sense. Those employees would be fired by anyone because they are damaging the meat; bruised meat is worthless meat. Chickens have to have their places thoroughly cleaned or disease will quickly break out, killing nearly all of the chicken and thus causing total economic loss. Our country does have laws to protect the treatment of animals, and if they are being broken, then it is a matter of the law simply being enforced (maybe if so much money wasn't being diverted to prohibition of drugs, then they could stop these mistreatments).

Anyhow, don't believe some propaganda video. Go out there and visit the places. You will be amazed at how clean the places are, at how quick the animals are killed. If you still want to eat meat after that, then at least you know where and how you meat gets to the grocery store.

I Live In Arkansas

In my younger days I worked in dairies, my neighbors for the most part worked for Tyson growing thousands of chickens and turkeys and I have seen numerous livestock auctions. I have seen the guys working at the auctions take electric prods and poke hogs in the balls and zap them viciously just for fun and I have seen dairy cows that were too sick to stand be forced into the milk barn to be milked. I have seen sadistic chicken farmers do all manners of sick things to the birds as well as to "pet" geese and other animals. Those same chickens are closed up in long houses by the thousands with no room to move without crawling over each other and left in mountains of feces in the dark for weeks with all windows blacked out and daily people go in and pull out all the dead ones. My neighbor used to make a mountain of dead birds in his field and burn them but they got to be too obvious and they have stopped that practice. During certain times in the process of raising the chickens the smell got so bad that people living in the area couldn't stand to be outside while they were loading the chickens on open air trucks and mucking out the houses. I have fished kittens out of ponds that were thrown there to drown by these wonderful people that are in charge of our food so don't act so high and mighty. I have SEEN these things MYSELF! I have recently moved back to Arkansas and there are LOTS more chicken houses and they are bigger and no doubt just as bad or worse.


We could make eating meat illegal

Then force people to live on permaculture communes so they can be happy. Humans don't actually need meat or animal products and the vegans are waaaaay smarter than everyone else so I think we should all be forced to comply with their philosophy; for the sake of the cows. Tyranny is only bad when we disagree with it.

lol make it illegal... Well

lol make it illegal... Well permaculture communes would be cool experience.. I want to go to the woodstock fruit festival and eat fruit for a week like they do with I think a little greens. You lose a ton of weight and its supposed to be a spiritual experience, like fasting.

Actually, Agenda 21 is trying to get us to stop eating meat

google it.

Burden of Proof

Sorry, you make a claim, then YOU "google it" and present the evidence to be examined. When verified then you will have credibility.
This type of stuff should be taught in gradeschool.

Sorry for being completely off-topic, but, seriously.

Tyranny disguised as politics.

I know they are

It's tyranny disguised as feel-good politics and it's sickening.

Regardless of the vegetarian

Regardless of the vegetarian debate, we can all make a difference in how all food is treated.

Waste less.
I read recently that about 40 percent of all food in the U.S. is wasted. I found this number a bit hard to believe, but even if it's 20 percent, that's a lot of waste.

Buy meat from local sources.
Slaughter regulations often get in the way of local farmers producing affordable meat for sale. We need to bring down some of these silly laws and regulations.

Grow, hunt, and gather your own.


Last weekend I had a conversation with two people who have been butchers and worked in supermarkets and proudly spouted off that 40% number when they were talking about all the food thrown away.

I was told the number is closer to 60%. Of "fresh food".

Plus add in what consumers throw away. People wonder why I go to the supermarket every two days and why my refrigerator is sparse. I can't stand food going to waste. I would rather be a little hungry and go buy some food than not be hungry and throw away rancid food.

I agree with your last two paragraphs. I try to get as much meat from local hunters as possible and freeze it. But that's seasonal.

That make sense. When I read

That make sense. When I read the 40 percent number I was thinking about my fridge/freezer, and thinking "No way." But if we account for the grocery stores, the slaughterhouses, the silos, the transport...I can see how it evens out to 40 percent. Even higher for some parts of the chain. That's just disgusting.

I've been making efforts not to waste what I buy and to grow and hunt. But I keep finding that it's these regulations about slaughter that get in my way. For example,I know there must be folks in my area who are raising meat rabbits and chickens. But, because we have regulations that prevent those folks from selling their butchered meat to buyers, I have to probe the underground markets. If I buy a butchered rabbit from someone who knows someone, I'm like already a criminal. Plenty of opportunities to buy meat-rabbits alive and kicking. But I can't pay extra to get the bunny dead, skinned, a Vacu-packed. That's absurd.

A 10 year-old say it as it is

there is no justification

... for the way these animals are handled but nevertheless I still love meat I'm sorry.... but really I'm not. Were it not for meat consumption you would not have the intellect to care about it. yes?

That's a fallacy


I support being Vegan. I'm

I support being Vegan. I'm not interested in animals dying like this.

Ever seen

how a Komodo Dragon kills it's food? Deeply disturbing, horribly cruel, and painful beyond belief.
Although this film is horrid, it is nothing on nature.

Two Wrongs Make a Right?

Despite the ubiquitous saying, we still see it happen.
I see nature as being cruel, therefore my cruelness is justified.

Nature is cruel.
The Federal Reserve is cruel.
Nature is acceptable.
Therefore the Federal Reserve is acceptable.