The Headlines in the St. Paul Pioneer Press business section on Sunday, 2-26-12 read: “Minnesota food producers adapt as public perceptions change.” After decades of acrimony, changes are occurring in animal welfare in Minnesota. First, Hormel Foods has agreed to phase out the use of gestational stalls for hogs, confining pregnant sows in metal stalls. And Now McDonald’s Corporation announced its suppliers must also end the use of gestational stalls for pregnant sows. Additionally, egg producers agreed to double the size of cages for egg-laying hens.
The general public is getting a larger voice in how farm animals are raised, according to the article and Minnesota is a large player in this debate. Minnesota has more pigs than people, and twice as many hens as humans.
According to Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Eating Animals”, “four out of five sows will spend the sixteen weeks of her pregnancy confined in a ‘gestation crate’ so small that she will not be able to turn around. Her bone density will decrease because of the lack of movement. She will be given no bedding and often will develop quarter-sized, blackened, pus-filled sores from chafing in the crate.” Foer also stated that the typical cage for egg-laying hens allows each hen less than an 81/2” x 11” cage (smaller than a sheet of copy paper) and cages are stacked between three and nine tiers high.
Many people now are aware of the unbelievable cruel conditions many farm-raised animals endure. We are also as a society becoming more aware of the unhealthy practices of raising, slaughtering, and processing these animals, and the unhealthy diet (including antibiotics) that many of these animals are being fed.
It is my belief that the laws of Kashrut were partially created to provide nourishment and high energy. If we consume the meat of an animal that is treated inhumanely, and is petrified at the time of it’s demise, the energy of fear actually causes a toxin to be released into the meat as well as a lowered or negative energy in each cell of the animal. We are all impacted knowingly or not, by the energy that surrounds us. Those that are surrounded by negativity or fear, lower their own vibrational energetic level.
One reason why I believe Jewish law initiated the one quick clean slice of the animal’s throat in slaughter; limiting the fear and pain that the animal would suffer, would additionally limit the negative energy we would consume. Today in both kosher and non-kosher slaughterhouses, we see abuse, fear, unclean processing, and unethical treatment of the animals.
It is time that McDonalds and Hormel are moving to more humane treatment of pregnant sows, and it is time that we as consumers speak with our pocketbook in all expenditures and purchase only humanely raised and slaughtered meat (for those that consume meat.) Our ethics, morals, and energy are all impacted as a result of our choices.
Thank-you for reading.