Free speech and what it was meant for
We are seeing many things that once would have been called crazy in this country, but the United States is not alone.
In India, bovine vigilante groups take the law into their own hands and lynch people they believe hate eaten beef. Hindu preachers have taken the idea that people should not slaughter and eat cows to a whole new level.
Last year at a national meeting of Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, told the crowd that those who consumed beef should be publicly hanged. The people gathered there cheered this idea.
At that same meeting an animal rights activist named Chetan Sharma claimed killing cattle to eat them was causing global warming.
“The cow is also the reason for global warming. When she is slaughtered, something called EPW is released, which is directly responsible for global warming. It’s what is called emotional pain waves,” Sharma said.
In Germany, lawmakers are considering raising taxes on meat from seven percent to 19 percent to discourage people from eating meat. This is being done in the name of fighting climate change.
Germany’s Green legislators point to a 2012 United Nations report that concluded the earth’s cattle population generates more carbon dioxide than automobiles, planes, and all other forms of transport.
German slaughterhouses killed 29.4 million pigs, cows, sheep, goats and horses during the first six months of 2019. During this period, Germany produced 3.9 million tons of meat, led by pork — the main ingredient in German sausages, according to Germany’s Federal Statistics Office,
Germany’s Green party has vowed to ban industrial farming to reduce global warming — if their party ever comes to power. So far, Germans — who are famous for their love of their sausages — have not seen fit to do that.
These anti-meat people want to force their beliefs down other people’s throats. Climate change is just another thing they use as an excuse to control others.
Not to be outdone here in the USA, the journal of a New York University’s Women’s and Gender Studies program has published a paper that insists that milking cows is “sexual abuse.”
“Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-human Reproductive Systems” was published by the College at Brockport State University of New York.
An intern for Brockport’s Women’s Studies Department, said she saw it as her duty to write about the “under-researched feminist aspects of animal agriculture.”
The report’s author wrote: “Throughout our lives, we are offered an idealized image of dairy cows where these animals graze on beautiful pastures, have room to sow and play, and are comforted in spacious areas in which to sleep. We are presented with images of a life well lived, but when it comes to the deaths of those same animals, the picture perfect story comes to a grim reality.
“The outdated stereotype about women being caretakers and most importantly child bearers remains consistent in the dairy industry, especially when we take into account the means through which these animals are exploited. A few brief examples include rape or sexual assault, nonconsensual hormone treatments, and emotional trauma related to pregnancy. Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated, or raped, in order to constantly produce milk for humans to consume.”
My grandfather raised cattle and my father raised horses and a few cattle. Growing up, I punched a few cows myself. (For you greenhorns, that does not mean hit a cow with my fist.)
Cattle are not the smartest animals on the planet. Left to themselves, they will wander off and get lost, trap their heads in fences, and get into other troubles.
The idea of cows having “emotional trauma” receiving “nonconsensual” hormone treatments is ridiculous. Cows don’t have human feelings or emotions.
There is a word for what is being done in this report — anthropomorphism. It comes from the Greek word “anthro” which means humanizing and the word “pomorphism” which means other forms. Combining those words means humanizing other life forms.
A lot of people do that to their pets. Just ask my dog. I do it to her all the time.
Here is the bottom line: If you live in a free society, others should not be allowed to force their ideas and beliefs on you.
If you want to eat dirt or beets — I can’t imagine why anyone would want to consume either — that is your choice. Nobody has the right to force anybody else to eat beets or anything else.
If I want to eat or not eat steak it is my choice. It is offensive to me when people say they know what is better for me than I do and they are going to force their superior knowledge on me using use climate change as their excuse.
Sure, free speech means others can tell you the facts as they see it. It does not mean they should be able to force what they see as “right” on me or anyone else.
JIM HARRIS CONSERVATIVE Corner