slaughter house

#VEGANFORTHEPLANET 🌳 If we have any chance of sustaining a human population, we have no choice but to eventually eliminate the use of animals and their by products. It’s so obvious yet too many people are uneducated and frankly oblivious to the situation. It’s our moral obligation to start to speak up about this - once you know what’s happening, it’s time to share it with others 🌎💫 Eating beef destroys this number of trees due to the mass deforestation in order to build factory farms, slaughter houses and create land to grow their feed. Rainforest destruction to plant palm is why many environmentalists choose to avoid palm oil however most of those plants are fed to the animals. It all leads back to animal agriculture. I urge you to watch @cowspiracy and further educate yourself.

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A little horse needs help

Howdy! So, after fighting my boss about the horse I want to buy he finally admitted it: he won’t sell me Sigyn (High Dollar to him). He “likes her well enough” and won’t give her up.

My boss brought another horse in. Black thoroughbred gelding, about 3 years old. Manager man bought him for “cheap enough to kill”. Pleasant, right? The horse didn’t come with a name, didn’t come with an exact age, seemed like he had never been shoed in his life, and has some basic training. He’s thin and needs love and if he “doesn’t work out” boss will send him to slaughter. Or “donate” him to a “medical facility”. Last horse he donated ended up in pieces for people to dissect.

Here’s where I need help:

I put a donation button up on my blog and anything would help to get Odin (I did name him!) to a safe place where he won’t be killed. I have a ranch picked out with a paddock I’m going to work my butt off with barn chores to afford. I need help getting Odin, especially before he “doesn’t work out” or is “useless” to boss. This horse doesn’t deserve to die, he’s got potential and a wonderful personality to match. I want to save him, give him the life he deserves.

If you’ve got anything extra or maybe can just signal boost anything would help. Lets bring Odin home, please, I’ve seen this site do amazing things. I need $700 to pay for Odin, his new shoes, and worm him.

(That really short tail isn’t because he’s young… boss thought he just needed a “haircut” and chopped most of it off.)

Thank you <3

Humane Slaughter for Modern Farmer Magazine. 

Stories like this are the reason I became a photographer in the first place. I love getting pushed outside my comfort zone and experiencing something totally outside of my normal realm of existence. I am so thankful to Ayanna Quint for this assignment exploring “Humane Slaughter” at the amazing Prather Ranch in Northern California. Full project here. Of all the assignments i’ve ever had, this was by far the most gnarly and I am very proud of it. As somebody who was a vegetarian for several years, this was a really important thing to see. I always talk like “as long as I "know” where the meat came from, I’m ok with it.“ Well, now I really KNOW where this meat came from…

Thanks to Damien for the help on the assignment as well. I know that wasn’t super easy…

***I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW GRAPHIC THIS PROJECT IS. YOU"VE BEEN WARNED. ***

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Slaughterhouse - Goodbye

Goodbye is my favorite song off of Slaughterhouse’s 2012 album Welcome to: Our House. This song also serves as a great template for the general feel of the entire album. Slaughterhouse goes really fuckin hard, but you’ll hear that infamous “rap industry” type sound for many of their songs on the album. By this I mean a lot of money and effort was invested into the production, so there are moments throughout the album in which the songs feel over produced, glossy, and fake (somewhat like Goodbye’s over manipulated chorus); however, the inherent realness of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9" easily out-ways this mainstream aura of fakeness. Very few chart topping artists are real enough to be able to pull off a song like this. Slaughterhouse fortunately does not fall into that category.

“So I’m deprived of my chance to be a better dad. Staring at my twins that I never had. I shed a tear, looking up in the sky, even though y’all just got here…goodbye!”

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My Song Rating: 9.5 out 10

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No Hands” by Yelawolf will officially my theme song for the beginning of 2012.

Supreme Court Overrules California "No Slaughter Downer Cow" Law.

The supreme court overruled California’s law that states that plants could not slaughter downer cattle and that they would have to be euthanized and removed from the premises.  

I personally find this an effective move made by the supreme court and a step in the right direction away from radical agrimovements. There is nothing unsafe about meat off of a cow/ sheep/ pig that has broken bones (most commonly broken legs or fractured pelvis is the cause for edible downer cows). As long as the animal is moved and transported via legal and humane means, I have no problem with it. 

What is everyone else's opinion on the overrule?

Slaughterhouse workers are more likely to be violent, study shows

People who work in abattoirs are more likely to be desensitised to suffering, which in turn could make them more likely to be violent towards humans, the research published in the Society and Animals journal found.

Overseas research has found that towns with abattoirs have higher rates of domestic violence and violent crimes including murder and rape, which prompted the Australian team to investigate the situation here.

Flinders University senior sociology lecturer Dr Nik Taylor said it had been established that the more positive a person’s attitude to animals, the lower their aggression levels, and that the reverse is also true – if you’re cruel to animals, you’re more likely to be violent to humans.

She found that meatworkers’ aggression levels were “so high they’re similar to the scores… for incarcerated populations”.

“They’re a pretty angry bunch and that anger shows,” she said, adding that one of their “jawdropping” findings was that women in the meatworking industry were even more aggressive than the men.

“We’ve got some very, very angry women. Maybe they need to prove themselves by being more macho,” she said.

The study included meatworkers and farmers, and they found that while farmers had “utilitarian” attitudes towards animals they were less aggressive than the general community – and meat and dairy farmers had better attitudes towards animals than wheat farmers.

The authors used a “propensity for aggression” scale.

“This study essentially showed that farmers are a pretty nice lot,” Dr Taylor said.

“They take care of their animals, they’re laidback and not at all aggressive.

"For the meatworkers, on the other hand, it wasn’t so positive.”

Dr Taylor said while their sample size was small – comprising 41 farmers and 26 meatworkers – it builds on existing research that has established a link between working in a slaughterhouse and being more aggressive and violence prone.

A 2010 study by Canadian criminologist Amy Fitzgerald found violent crimes including sexual assault and rape increase in towns once an abattoir moves in.

The University of Windsor professor compared statistics from 581 US counties to prove the link, and says labourers become desensitised to violence. She ruled out factors such as the influx of young men and immigrants, whom communities sometimes blamed.

Prof Fitzgerald said it wasn’t the nature of repetitive and dangerous work, but the act of slaughtering an animal that was to blame for the increase in violence.

“The unique thing about (abattoirs) is that (workers are) not dealing with inanimate objects, but instead dealing with live animals coming in and then killing them, and processing what’s left of them,” she said.

Dr Taylor said the Australian findings showed more work needed to be done to assess the effect of working in abattoirs on both employees and the community.