Slaugh­ter­house shock

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Quite apart from the ap­palling cru­elty in­volved in the rais­ing and slaugh­ter­ing of an­i­mals for our con­sump­tion the Thai an­i­mal farm­ing busi­ness makes no eco­nomic or en­vi­ron­men­tal sense. It is a lu­di­crous ex­er­cise whereby the an­i­mals oc­cupy a huge amount of land and re­lated fa­cil­i­ties and re­quire mas­sive quan­ti­ties of food, only to then be killed to sat­isfy our de­gen­er­ate ap­petites. Not only a hor­ri­bly bar­baric ex­er­cise but also ex­tremely stupid.

I should add that some years ago I vis­ited a mod­ern slaugh­ter­house hav­ing been told that I would be im­pressed by the high-tech na­ture of the oper­a­tion. It was, in fact, far and away the worst ex­pe­ri­ence of my 77-year life­time. I have wit­nessed a fair amount of death and de­struc­tion in var­i­ous parts of the world but the aw­ful mem­ory of that day will haunt me for­ever. Hu­man be­ings should be able to do bet­ter than this.

BOB TERRY

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