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'We don't eat puppies'

Brian Crain March 16th, 2011

State Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, doesn’t like Senate Bill 1712, last year’s legislation crafted to lessen the inhumane conditions found at “puppy mills” in our state. In fact, he dislikes it so much that he has introduced SB 15, which would repeal SB 1712.

Brecheen justifies his objections to the anti-puppy mill bill by writing in the Jan. 11 edition of the Durant Daily Democrat: “Imagine if your cattle, swine, horses or poultry were being subjected to similar invasive inspections under guidelines established by bureaucrats who think meat comes from a plastic wrapped Styrofoam tray. We wouldn’t be too thrilled, yet the Commercial Pet Breeders Act sets the stage for exactly that kind of legislative transition,” (Clifton Adcock, “Pawing at profits,” Feb. 23, Gazette).

Now, I’m sure Sen. Brecheen is a rough, tough, rootin’-tootin’, mountain man from Coal County, but would someone please tell him that we don’t eat puppies. And as for the horses, we aren’t French.

—Brian Crain

Oklahoma City

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03.16.2011 at 07:15 Reply

It's disparaging to see this idea repeated that animals going to slaughter do not require the same humane treatment that animals in puppy mills should be receiving.  

For the love of GOD!  

Would these people please research factory farming?  It's a disgusting practice where animals are fed foods which are intended to fatten them up quickly, are laced with steroids and antibiotics, and ultimately would kill the animal if not for the fact that man kills them (quite inhumanely) first.  Animals sent to slaughter are supposed to be killed with a "captive bolt gun” before being slaughtered.  Unfortunately, the bolt gun more often than not only stuns the animal and they are still alive when they are hung by their hind legs and having their throats slit.  That’s standard operating procedure!  Chickens often have their beaks clipped when they are just chicks to prevent them from pecking each other because of the confined spaces they are forced to live in.  Pigs on factory farms are so densely packed that they often bite the tails and ears off other pigs which leaves the animals with gross open sores.  And people want to eat that? 

It has been said that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.”  And I dare say that’s mostly true.  The fact that people choose to turn a blind eye to this suffering for the sake of their own gluttony is blasphemous!  Having opened my eyes to this inhumanity, I will admit that I still eat meat from time to time, but it has certainly taken the back burner to foods which don’t require the horrific death of an animal.  Though, these days finding foods (and even medicine) without an animal product can be very difficult, especially since gelatin is used as a binder in many foods.  Which for those who didn’t know, gelatin is boiled animal cartilage.

In a world where meat eating is a way of life, I would like to believe that we are conscious of what we put in our bodies.  The old adage “you are what you eat” is quite literally true.  If you eat animals that were corn fed (to fatten up), injected antibiotics (to combat infections the animal wouldn’t have in an open field), and forced to live in conditions equal to those in Auschwitz, than it’s no surprise that we are morally decayed, antibiotic immune, and generally overweight.

The issue of fairly treating animals in puppy mills directly correlates to fairly treating animals in factory farms.  And that’s what this is really about.  When the issue of money overrides our basic respect of what God has given us, then we have proven ourselves to be morally bankrupt.  There are numerous business that do this, but since animal industries literally have a face, we would do well to register the emotions on that face.  Animals feel pain, suffering, sadness, hope, despair, and they can even go insane.  So how can we continue to mistreat animals as we do?  Perhaps this only foreshadows how we will treat each other as time goes on.  In the end, this isn’t a battle for animals; it’s a battle for the salvation of our souls.   What God could see how we disrespect life and believe we are worthy of his love?