Do It Yourself
Slaughter - A New Concern For Animals
As part of
IDA’s vegan campaign, we are concerned with a new fad, fueled by the local and
sustainable food movement, of “killing what you eat” - the hobby of raising and
slaughtering one’s own animals in urban backyards. With the recent news of
Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerburg challenging himself to eat for a year only the
meat of animals he kills himself, this new trend is unsettling but, in some ways, encouraging.
Zuckerburg is obviously thinking about where his food comes from. This is a
fabulous first step on the road to compassionate eating, however, if you are
concerned for the animal, why not take it to the healthy and logical conclusion
and not eat animals altogether? Zuckerburg admitted that it was troubling to
kill a lobster - then why do it at all?
Zuckerberg's choice to do the killing himself, and not turn a blind eye
and pay someone else to do the dirty work, is an opportunity to learn (and then teach) the truth
about the suffering of animals raised for food. However, there is no such moral
conundrum with growing tomatoes. Some meat-eaters are making an earnest but naive attempt
at animal welfare, and ultimately the animal suffers. Ethical eating can never
Backyard Slaughter is the New Black
Urban farmers are
approaching city planning commissions and boards of supervisors across the
country, proposing to change city ordinances to be able to keep and kill
“livestock” for profit. Goats, rabbits, chickens and other animals are finding
themselves in small, urban backyards to be slaughtered, gutted and sold with no regulation or oversight.
In Oakland, California,
the Oakland Food Policy Council recently submitted just such a proposal to the
City Planning Commission. Allowing growing and selling of vegetable
crops in the city limits is a positive step toward getting healthy vegetables
to “food desert” urban centers. However, the Oakland proposal seeks to deregulate raising
and slaughtering animals.
These are just a few of our concerns with these proposals:
but inexperienced hobbyists experimenting with raising their backyard herds and
flocks will cause unintended death and suffering. Animals require a great
deal of experienced care and botched slaughter jobs will result in inhumane suffering
- Underfunded animal services do not
have enough officers to investigate existing animal cruelty and neglect cases,
much less the vastly increased number of situations resulting from livestock raising
and slaughtering. We already have so many people who abuse companion animals - imagine if they were given permission to raise and slaughter “food” animals. Cruelty cases,
nuisances of odor and noise, rat infestations, and escaped animals would be widespread.
- People who don’t understand how much work it is to care for animals, or who
weren’t prepared for just how grizzly the slaughtering process is, will abandon
and neglect these animals, further overwhelm agencies, shelters and rescues
which already can't handle the current load of abandoned animals.
- Growing plant-based foods provides more food per acre than even local,
organic, animal food agriculture. With the environmental and climate crisis, we
need to maximize the agricultural output of every acre of land as much as we
possibly can. The planet cannot afford for us to eat high on some artificial "food chain" any
- Cockfighters use raising “farm” animals to cover for their cruel and illegal
collecting over 1,250 signatures from local IDA members, and having several
residents speaking at the Planning Commission meeting, the Oakland City
Planning Commission agreed, for now, to separate the animal raising and
slaughtering component and go ahead with the plant-based portion of the
proposal. IDA commends the commission for their compassion and forward
thinking. Animal agriculture is not the future of sustainable,
Is this Happening in Your Community?
These ordinances are sneaking their
way into backyards across the country. Pay attention in your community and
if you hear of any such proposals, please contact IDA. Are there local,
sustainable "foodies" in your neighborhood? Start going to their events. Ask
for vegan options at these events. Start
a veganic community garden.
IDA would be happy to provide support in fighting any animal raising and
slaughtering ordnances. For more information, please contact Hope
Bohanec: email@example.com, 415-448-0058.
In Defense of Animals, located in San Rafael, Calif., is an international animal protection organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals by protecting their rights and welfare. IDA's efforts include educational events, cruelty investigations, boycotts, grassroots activism, and hands-on rescue through our sanctuaries in Mississippi, Mumbai, India, and Cameroon, Africa.
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