Monday, February 18, 2008

the beef recall: maybe we'll care about animal welfare if negligence jeapardizes ours

The largest beef re-call in history is taking place because animal abuse and negligence is threatening human health. Unfortunately, animal abuse alone does not kindle outrage--it has to threaten us to pique widespread ethical concern.

In January, the Humane Society of the United States accused Westland/Hallmark of abusing "downed" cattle. The Humane Society released video that showed workers kicking cows, jabbing them near their eyes, ramming them with a forklift and shooting high-pressure water up their noses in an effort to force them to their feet for slaughter.

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