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I'm sickened. Very graphic. :(

Mon. Jan 14, 3:14pm

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Monday, January 14, 2008, 3:15 PM

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I've been thinking about going vegetarian for a while and that video may have pushed me over the edge.

Can anyone recommend a good vegetarian cookbook?

Monday, January 14, 2008, 11:15 PM

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OMFG!!! Do you suppose that even free range organic meats are treated and slaughtered the same? I am going to do some research to see how they are treated. This actually made me cry, I am completely sickened.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 3:34 AM

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7:03, you must be joking.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 9:57 AM

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3:34, "meats" are not slaughtered. Living beings called ANIMALS are treated that way and slaughtered brutally.

11:15 - A great vegetarian/vegan cookbook is 1,001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes by Sue Spitler. It gives nutritional info on each recipe and let's you know what level of vegetarian it is appropriate for (ovo veggies, lacto veggies, lacto-ovo veggies, and vegans). You can buy it on Amazon, used, for really cheap.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 10:02 AM

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7:03 LOL! I doubt you have gone to your local slaughter house. This is how they do it here in this country. I would guess we are probably worse. The part that killed me was the pigs. It was certainly a gross wake up call. And 10:02, NO REASON TO YELL AT 3:34, I'm sure she meant animals not meat, she was just referring to the meat she eats.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 11:36 AM

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I can see why people would have a negative reaction to this video. It is horrifying they get treated this way. But on the other hand. Even if they did not get maltreated... they are still going to die in the end. Yes its sad... but also a fact of life. They are food.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 11:36 AM

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I'm the OP, and I, too was considering going back to being a veggie, and this video gave me all the reasons why I will. I imagined my kitties being treated like those animals...I only got half-way through the video before I had to shut it off. It's one of the saddest things I've ever seen.

I know where you are coming from. If we still needed to hunt to survive, I would agree with you. We don't. We go to the grocery store or to a restaurant.

"...even if they did not get maltreated...they are still going to die in the end."

Would you rather see your family members/dogs/cats being beat-up and mutilated over and over before they died, or would you rather it be quick?

Every time I am tempted to eat meat, I am going to think of my 2 cats and how much they mean to me.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 11:48 AM

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11:36 - they may be food, but they are still living beings. As humans with some kind of moral capacity (although I am not sure sometimes) it is our responsibility to properly care for these animals and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve...especially since they provide many Americans with nourishment. There are countless sustainable, economic and humane ways to raise and slaughter animals, but the USDA and the greedy people at companies like Tyson, Cargill, etc. are only really interested in making a our, and the animals', expense. If you have not already, I urge everyone to read Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 12:01 PM

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10:02 here

11:36 (the first one), thank you for writing to me in caps lock, now I know you mean business. I am pointing out how wrong it is to refer to animals only as "meats." That is precisely what is wrong with the human race. The second 11:36 with his/her "they are food" comment combined with referring to animals going to slaughter as "meats" is disgusting to me. I know 3:34 meant no harm, but it needs to be said that the way we view animals as a whole is completely and totally wrong.

My favorite quote on this subject is the following:

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." (William Ralph Inge)

I know that's right.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 12:01 PM

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