The slaughterman cuts their throats but before each animal dies, it is released onto a rolling table where it struggles, falls onto the concrete and tries to stand.
"I watched hours of this footage and virtually all the cattle were being moved too quickly through and way over half of them were conscious when hoisted onto the rack, so they're hanging conscious while bleeding out," Animals Australia executive director Glenys Oogjes said.
Ok... it sounds pretty horrific right? But there are some important philosophical angles to this issue that most sentimentalists will ignore.
First question is this.. do you believe in a) Creation by God or... b) spontaneous evolution of life?
If it's the latter..(I won't embark on the rocky trek of defending or advocating the former... just use it for explanation)
then what does it matter in the big scheme of things how much any animal suffers at our hands? I mean..if a pride of hungry lions is scratching, biting and tearing an animals flesh away and eating it while the animal is still alive.... doesn't this suggest that the natural order of life is rather primal? The rule of tooth and claw?
So... if we take the 'evolutionary' argument.. pain and suffering matter not a scrap. Even studies in empathy limit it to similar or same species. A chimp seeing another chimp suffer will deprive itself of food if getting that food causes another chimp pain..but if the other animal is a rabbit? aaah..food like there is no tomorrow!
For me personally, I shudder at the thought of any species experiencing suffering, but there are reasons for that which encompass my total world view... and that involves a rejection of the idea of a world where life began from meaningless chemicals into meaningless beings.
Dr Peter Singer used logic and the philosophical method to arrive at the conclusion (based on Consequentialist Utilitarianism) that a newly born child can be 'culled' if it is the wish of the parents.... so... the hoo haa about a few cows having some discomfort in their last moments seems philosophically rather barren. I prefer the 'put to sleep' model for ending the life of anything.
In a godless world view, there is no room for anything other than genetic solidarity and protection. Everything else is pie in the sky and wishful thinking. What were those less than mortal but very memorable words sung by Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody?
Anyone can see,
Nothing really matters,
Nothing really matters to me.
Anyway the wind blows.
Mercury hit the philosophical nail on the head, but he was one of the very few who actually live out those personally held principles and one must add.. to his own detriment and demise! Dying horrifically by AIDS.
His life is a metaphor for mankind. Proud.. arrogant.. nothing can touch me..
The Babylonian King.....
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
BUT... there's always... a 'but'. THEN....
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. MENE MENE TEKEL PARSIN
6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
Then.. the crucial 'intepretation' of the words. But first....As Gough Whitlam once said.. "Well may they say.. God save the Queen, because nothing is going to save the Governor General". That was the kind of impelling power of the words King Belshazzar saw.. even though in his case he didn't know their meaning yet... he just knew they were of divine origin... and he was brought down from the mountain top of self glorification to the sober world of the swamps and quicksand of bewilderment. What did those words mean? Dare I also take a little adventure into our own contemporary moment in time.. and reference the RECLAIM movement.. what does THAT mean? It means the same thing essentially as the words on Belshazzar's wall! and here it is:
26 Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
So.. RECLAIM is about a nation that has been measured and found wanting... lacking.. straying.. departing from the good and embracing the evil. So now... WE (Reclaimers) are the 'writing on the wall' for the Australian nation. Australia has been measured has been found wanting.. it has been measured against a reliable gold standard.. truth.. dignity, justice and mercy.. and now it must be reminded of it's past, it's traditions, it's values and whether or not it will have a future that is not under the rule and dominance of "The Persians" who we can metaphorically understand to be the forces of Islam and Sharia law.
In spite of the darkness and gloom of Freddie Mercury's tragic emptiness and all consuming hedonistic narcissism we can thank God there is more.. much more to life than this sad, tragic and barren landscape. It comes as a refreshing oasis to reach into the human heart and quench the thirst of the soul. It come in a person, a Redeemer, a Renewer, a Savior, a Prince of Peace and a Lord of Lords... even so, come Lord Jesus!