Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
I like PETA, I’m one of them. People Eating Tasty Animals. Love a good steak, and by the time I came back from Jordan (Muslim country, they tend not to like pigs) I could have killed for a pork chop.
But seriously, there is a problem with organisations like PETA (I mean the real one, not my version). Generally they go around taking some self righteous moral high ground about animals yet have absolutely no idea about what they are talking about.
For example, take branding calves. The average PETA type would tell you it is cruel and inhumane and they would go on and on about how much pain and trauma the calf goes through. And it is all BULLS$%&. Whenever I am confronted by one of these types who tells me that cattle feel pain just like people, I ask them to do two experiments.
1) Find a fellow PETA type, square off about 3 to 5 meters apart, and run as fast as they can at each other and head but each other as hard as they can.
2) If they are a mother and are weaning a baby, when the baby tries to have a drink that the mother doesn’t want to give it, to discourage drinking, put on steel capped boots and kick the baby in the face.
After doing these experiments, see how they feel, see if they can even get up after the head but, or if the baby is even alive after the kick in the face, then tell me that cattle and humans feel and experience pain, or anything else, the same. I have seen more cattle than I can remember head butting each other (and been on the receiving end of it) and I have seen more cows than I can remember, and mares, kicking their calves and foals when weaning them, and kicking them hard.
The problem is that these types of people have no tangible experience with an animal past their pet cat or dog, which they have anthropomorphised to begin with, then sympathise with livestock, which they equally anthropomorphise. They take some moral high ground because they “care” or “feel” for animals and see anything that they feel would hurt themselves, being done to animals as cruelty.
I’m not saying that cruel behaviour is justified, not by a long way. I can tell you if any station owner or manager that I have ever worked for saw a calf being roped and ripped off its feet like that whoever did it would probably be out of a job. And I stopped riding saddle bronc after about 3 or 4 rides because I consistently saw broken legged horses or ones that had been knocked around badly, but then they might have just been bad rodeo contractors. I have seen quite a few others with bucking stock treated like royalty too. And as for giving a horse a shock with a cattle prod, it’s nothing, I’ve felt it plenty of times, most of these animal lib types overreact about everything with no experiential basis on which to base their opinions.
Last edited by AnrewPL; 02-12-2013 at 12:57 AM.