Intro: I am happy to join with you today to expose an accepted yet reckless crime Five score years ago; we made it illegal for the abuse and destruction of animals and their habitats. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of animal slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the animals are still not free. One hundred years later, the manacles of abuse and the chains of enslavement still sadly cripple the life of all animals. One hundred years later, animals live on a lonely island of corruption in the midst of a vast ocean of prosperity. One hundred years later, animals are still suffered in the corners of a global society and find an exile in its own land. And so we've come here today to expose this shocking condition.
In 2009, there were reports of 4,110 animals that died from animal cruelty or neglect. That is over 342 animals each month or over 11 animals each day. This has a great impact on the society.
Have you ever thought about what material that coat you bought last Christmas was made of? It could be a mink fur coat, a fox fur coat, or even a rabbit fur coat, whatever it is it was once a living-breathing creature, that never had a chance to live outside of a cramped metal cage. Animals are sometimes treated as friends but are also treated as enemies. We keep them as pets, but if it suits us, we slaughter them in their own habitats and in Slaughterhouses as it pleases.
Ultimately, humans take away life. Other animals do not ‘give up their life’ as some people believe – they have not given consent to be slaughtered. In over 95% of cases they are killed prematurely:
• Cows, for example, could live to well over 20 years of age, while on 'dairy' farms they are usually shot between 3-4 years of age when milk production is no longer considered 'profitable'. Cows bred for 'beef' meat are killed sooner.
• Broiler chicks are just 6 weeks old and grown too rapidly to sustain their own weight and heart when they are killed. Chickens could live to 10 years old.
• Pigs are slaughtered when they have reached a certain weight, which will be later in organic systems than in intensive farms, but they are typically killed between 4-6 months of age, while they could reach 15 years.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH DISSECTION?
EVERY animal used for classroom dissection was once alive and didn’t want to die. I mean, come on! Would you want to end up on a dissection tray for a classroom experiment?
Many of these animals suffer greatly before being shipped to schools and used in a school lesson. Every year, millions of frogs are taken from their homes in the wild. Homeless, lost, and abandoned cats are often collected from animal shelters. Baby pigs are cut from their mothers’ wombs in slaughterhouses. Rabbits, mice, rats, and other small animals are bred in warehouses and never