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My new favourite statement.

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals.

Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth."

-Henry Beston, The Outermost House, 1928

(Yes, voorishsign, guess what I'm watching.)

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reaperfox
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
That was a gorgeous quote, too. The documentary could have benefitted from a few more statistics, hard evidence, but regardless of those who'll cry "propoganda hippie bullshit", the fact remains that these circumstances DO exist and ARE still happening, day in, day out.

I force myself to watch these things. I eat meat (though I'm strongly reconsidering it) and I hate the mentality of "look the other way". The only parts I can never watch these days are experiments on rats, for obvious reasons.

I don't wear fur, only purchase makeup from brands I know don't test on animals, protest against hunting and all other forms of animal cruelty. We only buy free range eggs and chickens and try to keep all our meat local/good quality as it is, to ensure the best we can. Vegetarianism is about the only thing I don't do. I feel very strongly for animal wellfare. I don't talk about it much here but I used to be very very gunho about it. It just never feels like you're achieving much, donating a pittance and ranting on websites. Oh, well.
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reaperfox
Jul. 1st, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
What about eggs that specifically say "from Chickens given room to roam outside and perch"? I know the definition of 'free range' is a very wide one, but from what I gathered, some companies these days DO make an active selling point of the fact they AREN'T cheating you into believing you're being kind.

For example, here. - we only ever purchase eggs from the 'free range'/'finest free range' set. Surely if you're able to research what you buy, not EVERYTHING out there is set to mislead and inform.

(And no, I don't mind long posts at all! I like talking about this stuff. :>)
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reaperfox
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Admittedly we DO still have 'eggs from caged hens' (I won't eat them) and, to be honest, the top two photos there don't look too awesome (they admit the chickens don't go outside, etc), but the free range, er, range looks and sounds pretty good. I mean, it doesn't mean to say they're all slaughtered nicely (heh, "slaughter" and "nicely" in a sentence together) but it's a start.

Honestly I could almost go vegetarian, I think, without too much problem. I rarely eat red meat as it is. I was considering eating meat only when I could guarentee its source, but then sadly the one thing that depressed me was lazenich telling me I'd have to go without pork dumplings from our favourite Asian Restaurant. I doubt any 'chain' store uses cruelty free meat. Oop. :(
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