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Animal abuse must stop

March 17, 2011
Maui Weekly

“I have right to eat what I want; don’t tell me about abusing and torturing animals.” Responsible breeders of animals for consumption believe in giving animals the best treatment they can before the inevitable end. The Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Council stated, “My stock receive highest standards of humane care and treatment.” Factory farms have no standards except making money.

Force-feeding is required to manufacture foie gras. You do not have to be a vegetarian to believe torturing animals is morally wrong.

To the blood-sport fans: Watch your back when you strap that blade on the chicken. It just might get you like the one in California on Feb. 11. Dog fighters, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a bounty of $5,000 on you and the economy is down. If you have no morals, maybe have some sense.

“Respect the culture.” Whose culture? Hawaiian’s or any group who arrive after them? Indians revere cows and Westerners don’t torture or consume domestic companion animals, nor eat whales or dolphins. When cultures clash, laws get passed.

Animal abusers move on to be human abusers—that’s the slippery slope of concern.



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