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No Texas Chainsaw Massacre Here

Dec 21, 2010

I’ve got a beef with the militant vegetarian crowd. Not all vegetarians, rather the individuals who promote their lifestyle by spreading falsehoods about modern agriculture and specifically the meat industry.

Food Network Dietician Elli Krieger wrote a Huffington Post blog that opened the eyes of many people. She toured a beef packing plant in the Texas Panhandle and she was astounded by what she saw…or maybe what she didn’t see.
 
Yes, she saw animals being slaughtered…it is a slaughter house after all. But she didn’t see animals being taunted or otherwise mistreated. She didn’t see blood and guts running across the floor that so many anti-meat, anti-large ag activists want to portray when it comes to them promoting their views by spouting uneducated, non-factual tales attempting to make the meat packing industry appear as a real-life Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
 
But the comments. Oh the comments on the blog range from accusations that she was paid off by the meat industry. Cargill, who owns the plant she toured, staged the entire operation and it didn’t reflect what truly goes on in most packing facilities today, they say.
 
Mind you, it was a six hour tour of a plant that processes thousands of cattle a day and employs thousands of people. If this was staged, this is a broader conspiracy than anything the theorists in the Kennedy assassination could ever dream up.
 
It’s time for agriculture to speak up. I posted a comment to the blog reminding the posters, and more importantly the readers of those comments, that the people working those plants eat that meat they process. And even if they didn’t, management wants these plants run humanely and clean. If they don’t, they get shut down and millions of dollars a day are lost as a result.
 
So, I ask the anti-meat activists of the world: What sounds more sensible? Of course, that’s assuming a sensible discussion can be had with you in the first place.
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