Monday, June 13, 2005

One more thing

Did you know 450 hot dogs are consumed every SECOND? Do you know how many seconds there are in a day? A month? How about a year? That is phenomenal.

And did you know that over 8 BILLION animals are slaughtered every year to unnecessarily satiate needless palates? That is the worlds population plus 2 billion every fucking year. And in 10 years it will be 16 BILLION animals that suffer in dark little places that no one sees or even cares to think about because they want their meat.

Sometimes I get a split second thought that no one eats meat because it's so putrid and morbid but then I remember; I'm wrong. MOST people eat meat and only because they know no different.

like I used to be. Until I opened my eyes and read. Unbelievable.

Does this happen to bother anyone else?

30 Comments:

Blogger tabitha jane said...

we had tofu dogs on the grill last night . . . (among other things).

12:28 PM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

11 years of vegetarianism and counting. I had tofu dogs last night too! Yummy. I am also very disturbed by the bad things Big Meat is doing in this country. Not only to the animals, but also the illegal immigrant slaughterhouse workers who routinely suffer serious bodily injury or death without anyone ever being the wiser. Creepy. Of course the industry has enough money and friends and Washington, and a public that would rather have their Big Mac rather than the truth, so unfortunately I don’t see it ending anytime soon. I recommend reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is you haven’t already. Excellent book.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Tab's YAYAYAYAY!!! and don't get me wrong; i LOVE MEAT! i'd eat it in my sleep if I could but after i learned all i have learned, my lips will never touch animal flesh again.

and yes Shanan: the workers. The industry cares about nothing other than the mighty dollar.

in fact, that's behind all evil.

but oddly enough, i sure as shit wish i had more! But not at the suffering of another...Never.

1:09 PM  
Blogger captain_howdy_girl said...

What I don't get is why non-veggies are so hateful toward us. I just can't imagine disliking someone because they have ethics.
Here is a yummy recipe from the June issue of vegetarian Times.

Grilled sweet potatoes require close attention but the results are worth it. Slice them too thick and they won't cook through. Slice them too think and they will char quickly. So slice carefully and keep an eye on the grill

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
1 tsp grated lime zest
3 Tbs fresh lime juice
1 Tbs white wine vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic minced

Sweet Potatoes
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 3/8 inch think
1 red pepper diced
2 scallions sliced
3 Tbs orange, mango, or pineapple juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Prepare medium-low fire
2) To make dressing combine lime zest, juice, and vinegar in a lrg bowl. Whisk in oil until completely blended. Stir in cilantro, garlic and salt.
3) To make sweet potatoes add potato slices to vinaigrette, let marinate for a few minutes. Grill turn occasionally, basting with remaining vinaigrette. Cook until tender when pierced with fork, 10 - 15 minutes.
4) Return grilled potatoes to vinaigrette. Add red pepper, scallions, juice toss gently. Serve

2:24 PM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

nice recipe!


i wish i had more money too . . . that's why i am going to massage school so i can be a healer AND make money doing it.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

I get that magazine too. I store them and pull them out every once in a while and make one recipe from it...last week i made the dish you see earlier in my blog. the stuffed black bean tortillas.

yeah i know. people joke to me and give me shit and i used to apologize for my stance but why should i? They should be apolozing to the animals they eat but they dont' see that.

Tabs: Your husband must LOVE your new career. I wish mine would enroll...but he does pretty good with what he has. and he graciously gives it too...(sounds perverted but we know what we're talking about.)

thanks for the recipe too...i'm so trying it becuase i LOVE POTATOES!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Yes, it's sad, awful, cruel, disgusting...all those things. I haven't been a vegetarian for very long, and I'm still wavering on whether or not to go pescetarian....really unsure on that. Thanks for this post! Not only is Fast Food Nation a good read (my husband recommends it) but "Supersize Me" is an excellent movie.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

Yes Shanan...thanks for that recommendation. i heard about that. i have copies (shhh) of peaceable kingdom if anyones interested in seeing this heartwrenching (yet NOT peta'ey - though i support peta sometimes their material is hard to watch, especially since I don't need convincing) yet lovely movie...

lemme know!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said...

To me, eating meat is like going to work. I don't like it, but I have to do it.

12:38 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

yeah, my man is pretty stoked about it. he is always asking me to practice whatever i learned that day in class on him at the most inconvenient times. it's funny.

i'd like to see peaceable kingdom sometime . . . i need to keep educating myself on stuff like this.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

i'll send you a copy tabs...

email me from my email on my profile with your mailing address and i'll send you one.

i've only seen about 75% of it becuas4e really, i just cant' watch the whole thing. BUT they don't show slaughter scenes so no worries there. (unless it's within the 25% i can't watch???)

8:37 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

i'll be sure to cover my eyes if they do.

9:45 AM  
Blogger GlitterGlamGirl05 said...

What got to me was the book Fast Food Nation. EEW....

11:01 AM  
Blogger Bahee said...

Please don't be mad at me, but I love meat, and I can't/won't/feel no need to stop! Why? This might sound dumb, but we are at the top of the food chain. Animals eat their fellow animals, why shouldn't we? I have nothing against people who choose to be herbivores...more power to you!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

I never get angry at what others choose to do Bahee...I love meat too and I'd eat it if we treated the animals more humanely.

like 450% more.

well maybe not.

Anyway, tha'ts my whole premise: we treat the animals so horribly you could not even imagine. Even if you visited a factory farm, they'll only show you their "front" room. they won't show you the real process. most people are decent, loving, compassionate beings and don't even realize what they are eating. But if they knew, most would change their tune. even if it meant buying meat from their local farms or Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Taco Bell, McDonalds, BK, and the like are all Grade D meat anyway. i wouldnt' feed that to my dog.

who, by the way, is a carnivore and he eats the finest of the fine dogfood with meat (hate to say bu ti'm not fully evolved or educated yet - i just worry about my own habits)

So, if you want to see that movie i'm sending to Tabitha, I can send you one too!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Park Gnome said...

Bahee, by that same logic, we used to justify slaverly and sexism. Might makes right? With great power comes great responsibility. Just something to think about.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

and i know, too, by the way, becuase i ate meat for 36 years and i TOTALLY love animals.

that's what made me start thinking twice...it didn't make sense.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Bahee said...

Peng- With great power comes great hunger, and like all of those wild animals out there who kill their meal (or perhaps start to eat it while it's still alive...talk about pain) we must eat as well! Who knows...maybe all those plants have feelings too and don't appreciate being pulled out of the ground to be chopped up and steamed. (A little humor goes a long way...)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Bahee said...

tanya - please do send me info...i love to learn!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Park Gnome said...

That would be cool to know that carrots and brocolli feel pain. Then I could justify a switch to donuts and cupcakes!

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only two points:

first: wild animals cannot saute tofu or make a pasta dish. they are carnivores. we are omnivores. we can be whatever we choose.

second: would you rather pluck a vegetable out of the ground or slice a cows throat?

1:07 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

very powerful point, anon. frickin graphic but point taken...

ew.

1:10 PM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

we only buy our meat at wild oats because then at least we feel a little better about how those animals were raised and treated and what is actually IN the meat that we are putting in our bodies as well.

and they only have cage-free eggs now! hooray!

question: can someone slice a carrot's throat?

3:33 PM  
Blogger PapaPeters said...

Well you all speak on a passionate subject of mine suffering. I agree we should live at peace with allmen and animals as much as we can. Though I am a meat eater I applaud you all for trying to making meaningful changes in your lives about something you care about. Now I'm sure there are more humain ways to slaughter animals than are used everywhere. But recently I read an article about a animal rights activist that designed a slaughterhouse for a more effecient less tramatic slaughter. I really appreciate this myself. I think this is the best way to go. If we all could just make little effort to support an industry's reform maybe we can be a little more at peace with a piece of chicken or fish or even red meat(yikes, my favorite.) Though I do agree with the idea that death is a part of eating cycles throughout all the animal kingdom and well we need to realise that it is natural. Though there isno reason to do it like cats and play with our kills before we take their lives. Also this comes from a kid that watched his very own cow slaughtered at 11 old red sure did taste good, even if I wanted to cry when they shot him...ryan

12:27 AM  
Anonymous systemicflood said...

Hot Dog

12:38 AM  
Blogger Ectoplasm said...

Now just wait a minute. All animal life depends, ultimately, on the existence of plant life. Therefore plants are more important than animal life, and we must consume animals in order to maximize their existence.

You all got this backwards – eat more hot dogs.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Bahee said...

Such a hot topic....yikes!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

ha ha ecto. but double ha ha Tabs!

hmm...eating a cow you've raised. i thought about doing that but i might as well slaughter Kody. (to see my beautiful boy, please visit his site kodycode.blogspot.com)

yes more humane slaughter is way better for me. like some girl said if i were in a little dark prison hole i would hope someone was fighting for more space, some sun, maybe a window or a fluffy bed for me. yeah, i might never be free but at least i could be more comfortable. so thanks activists! you rule!

9:30 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

i learned in biology that it is actually better to eat plants than animals anyway because of the energy exchange and stuff. they are closer to the source of all energy on earth (the sun) since they photosynthesise (spelling?) we count on them to convert sunlight into food and then we eat them, or we eat animals that have eaten them. only we get less of the energy from the animals than we would from the plants because some energy has been lost in the transaction (isn't that the second law of thermodynamics or something? c'mon people, i'm horrible at science, can't you tell!?).

that's all.

4:05 PM  
Blogger PapaPeters said...

except tabs meat is a much more concentrated version of of that energy so though less effecient more calories equals more meal. A cup of diced green beans has some amazingly low number like 75 calories of course without all the butter peeps put on it which is basically another form of animal fat. Anyway point being if you are a vegan or vegi then you really do have to eat alot of veggies to stay up also beans and nuts to keep some good fat and protein coming all invaluable to our working bodies. Though not sure this is important topic for americans we typically eat so much processed sugar from cane or corn that it is all pretty useless to worry about getting enough calories haha.

DANGER DANGER DANGER

do not watch if you are easily upset or pregnant (one in the same I know because I've been pregnant so many times)

Oh on point this is a site that well grossed me out : http://www.peta2.com/takecharge/t-wetseal.asp i will blog about it because it pisses me off a little to much to say here
but in concise form its fur traders who raise racoons and kill them horribly if at all and skin them half alive, its gross but the truth

6:07 AM  

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