The president of the president of the United States said the Humane Society had blood on its hands.
During the presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump, who was denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency as an agency out of control, said that the organization should be banned because it was “done with, or has done with, attacking some people who are responsible for, oh, the PC [politically correct] labels which they got and got crooked down [or] over. That’s what they get into, and frankly it’s done with blood on their hands. And I do say that, okay?”
Donald Trump’s cruelty to animals has been documented more than once. When on Friday the president officially pardoned a turkey at the White House, he referred to its flesh as “lard” or “lard butt.”
The Humane Society, like the rest of us, is very sensitive to the mental pictures of dark, scary meat. Yet the agency that’s charged with regulating the slaughtering of animals that would otherwise be consumed by humans, slaughtering that demands fair, humane treatment, is supposed to routinely ignore the flagellation of pets.
You see it when you look at the American Humane Association database. This database was set up, among other things, to ensure that different breed animals are used together. Yet its records, which are taken every ten years, note that in the last decades there has been no instance of a domestic animal being given a blow to the face or to the head to be incapacitated enough to allow slaughter to take place.
The latest database from 2011 shows at least seven occasions when a dog or cat, on average, had been stabbed or scalded to incapacitate it. And that doesn’t include dogs and cats put down to be slaughtered and, with the modern ability to create a vacuum of blood, a quick postmortem procedure, possible in some of the smaller slaughterhouses.
A few dozen inspectors require the slaughtering of a half million animals. Nearly every one of them report they have found or are currently looking into some sort of issue. Most of them, obviously, are not looking closely at the flagellation of animals to render them unconscious, even though nobody with any training or clinical understanding of the consequences of this practice would consider it to be humane.
The director of the agency responsible for enforcing federal animal cruelty laws has just admitted that her staff regularly disregards or fails to investigate allegations of ill treatment of animals. So at this point, this kind of astonishing, consistent failure to enforce what should be one of the most humane standards of humane treatment of animals is a legitimate question.
And yet you won’t see photographs of dogs being dragged by their necks in chains around a slaughterhouse. Your bosses won’t ask you to conduct labors of love. You won’t think animals should be displayed in cages like animals. If it is killing animals for meat, this agency can get out of the business.
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