This week’s bad…
This week’s bad comes from Mercy for Animals, the team behind a number of undercover videos exposing the cruelty inherent to animal agriculture. This time around, they’ve got a video from E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas. E6 raises calves for use on dairy farms. As you’d expect, the video is brutal.
The video shows (from the MfA site):
- Workers bludgeoning calves in their skulls with pickaxes and hammers – often involving 5 to 6 blows, sometimes more – before rendering the animals unconscious
- Beaten calves, still alive and conscious, thrown onto dead piles
- Workers kicking downed calves in the head, and standing on their necks and ribs
- Calves confined to squalid hutches, thick with manure and urine buildup, and barely large enough for the calves to turn around or fully extend their legs
- Gruesome injuries and afflictions, including open sores, swollen joints and severed hooves
- Ill, injured and dying calves denied medical care
- The budding horns of calves burned out their skulls without painkillers
Awful stuff. Keep this video handy for the next time someone tells you that “drinking milk doesn’t hurt the cow.”
(It should be noted that the final message the viewer is left with is “Boycott animal abuse. Go vegetarian.” Why would they choose to use “vegetarian” instead of “vegan”? Because, you know, going (lacto-ovo) vegetarian ain’t gonna stop this type of abuse at all. In fact, it might increase it since vegetarians often increase milk, cheese, butter, etc. consumption after they stop eating meat. We can say vegan when advocating for animals. It’s not a dirty word.)
This week’s good…
Deb tweeted a recipe she found today for homemade margarine. It doesn’t use palm oil, instead using a mix of corn or sunflower oil, olive oil, and coconut oil, blended with some coconut creamer and a few other things. And the good news? It tastes mighty fine on a bagel.
I’d use a touch more salt than they call for here. And when they say a “dash” of turmeric, they mean it. I put in a touch too much and things got a bit too yellow. Otherwise, it’s good stuff.
It’s nice to have an easy homemade option that’s an alternative to palm oil-based margarines. (To catch up on everything palm oil, Deb’s original post continues to be a great resource and the comment section is still active.)