Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sep 02

Today’s Quote:

“Honesty is the most needed and most rare form of love among human beings!”

Creating Union, Chapter 12: From Unconscious Negative Interaction To Conscious Choice of Love, Pg. 132

Today’s Most Important Stories, Information & Links:

Interview With Ray Kurzweil About The Documentary Transcendent Man (The Futurist)
Integral Evolution: An Interview with David Loye by Russ Volckmann
Israel’s Wealthiest Woman Says She Can See the Future (WP)

New International Version Of Bible To Be Rewritten (Telegraph)
Music Written For Monkeys Strikes A Chord (NPR)
Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food (Time)
What The World Eats (Time – photos)
Imprisoned Journalists: We Were Violently Dragged To North Korea (Mashable)
Why Artificial Intelligence Is Dangerous (New Scientist)
• Just In Case: Top Science Body Offers “Plan B” (Geoengineering) To Save The Planet (New Scientist)
Has Runaway Arctic Warming Already Begun? (New Scientist)
Smithsonian Describes ‘Big Picture’ Of Climate Change (
NHNE on Climate Change (news feed, primers, videos, authoritative websites, skeptic-watch websites, blogs, reports
Big Money Returns To Wind Power (Climate Progress)
Sony To Throw Its Weight Behind 3D TV (Financial Times)

Google Wave: Schools & Businesses To Get An Early Look (Mashable)
Google Wave on Pulse
Google: Gmail Outage Was Our Bad (Mashable)

Today’s Recommended Book:

Creating Union: The Essence Of Intimate Relationship by Eva Pierrakos

New Additions To Website:

Undercover Investigation At Hy-Line Hatchery (video)
The New Frugality: The Organic Gardener (video)

Today’s Video: Undercover Investigation At Hy-Line Hatchery

Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the disturbing reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa.

New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries.

The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks’ mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine.

For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as “sexers,” who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator.

Over 21 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility.

For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country.

The callous disregard for animal welfare at this facility is not isolated. In fact, the conditions documented during this investigation are completely standard and acceptable within the commercial egg industry. Referred to by Hy-Line corporate leaders as mere “genetic products,” these chicks are treated just as they are viewed as inanimate objects, rather than the sentient creatures they are.

Driven by consumer demand, the egg industry will continue to exploit, abuse, and kill day-old animals as long as doing so remains profitable. Empowered consumers can put their ethics on the table by choosing kindness over cruelty at each meal by adopting an animal-friendly vegan diet.

For more information on factory farming, visit NHNE’s Farming Resource Page.

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