A Silent Killing

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Industrialized farming has shifted far away from ethical standards. The unspeakable acts of cruelty, torture and slaughtering that takes place in modern farming practices is heartwrenching.

Silent Killing
by Gina Still

 

  I watched in horror as the massacre took place; feeling helpless, sickened and ashamed. I was responsible for this horrific and senseless act of murder. “How could I be a part of something so evil?” I thought. I continued to watch as each heart wrenching minute passed, my eyes swelling with tears. I wanted badly to just stop the video and not have to witness such a heinous act of violence, but also felt that I deserved to have to watch as the terrifying scene unfolded before my eyes.

The doors on the trailer opened, revealing the tightly compressed and stacked bodies of helpless pigs who were struggling to move and to breathe the air that rushed in from the opened doors. With a look of panic in their eyes, the pigs were dragged off the truck by men holding metal electrical wands and were being jabbed repeatedly. You could hear the buzzing sound of the electrical current being transferred to their bodies with each forceful jab. As the electricity pierced their already weakened bodies, the pigs let out painful squeals. Terrified, the pigs began to trample over each other as they tried to run to safety, some too weak, overweight or injured to hardly move as these men kicked them and yelled at them. That was only the beginning of their nightmare.

 After violently being escorted inside what looked like a small warehouse, the pigs were once again shoved into a confined space; some of the pigs so weakened, collapsed ,unable to get back up, and were being trampled on by the other pigs that were so frightened and desperately trying to break free. Several pigs are removed from the pen and are repeatedly stunned by the electric rods until they are no longer able to put up a fight, their back legs then shackled together by chain hooks and lifted into the air by their back legs. As they frantically struggled to get loose, their squeals sounding more like screams of a small child, they hang there helpless, awaiting what’s yet to come.

The workers then shoot the pigs in the forehead with an air powered pistol that propels a steel rod when the trigger is pulled sending a powerful blow to their heads, causing the pigs to temporarily lose consciousness, their movements become still. The workers then slit the throats of the pigs and the pigs bleed out. Their lifeless bodies are then lowered to the ground, their feet unchained, and then their placed on a ramp that lifts them to a tank of scalding water that they are dropped in which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair. Some workers have testified that a lot of times the pigs are still conscious before being dropped into the tanks and let out a final scream when they fall into the scorching water.

I sat back in my seat, feeling sick to my stomach, like the feeling you get when watching a gory scene in a horror flick, feeling relieved that it was over and I no longer had to witness such unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty, tears streaming down my face, my mind in shock by the ugly reality that I was just awakened to. ”How could I have been so naive to this”? “How did I not know that this was the kind of suffering and abuse these animals had to endure to satisfy our love for meat”? “This should be a crime.” I thought. I had always believed that animals raised for meat, spent their lives grazing green pastures, being fed and cared for by workers until they are humanely killed for their meat. I was completely unaware of the heartless acts of abuse and torture these animals fell victim to, and the pain and suffering they endured, not just in their final hours, but throughout their entire lives from the moment they are born into life. This is just one of many different ways animals are exploited or killed for profit in our society.  


Submitted: December 02, 2012

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