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Is the human race worth saving?

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When I have to deal with drivers who nearly kill me through arrogant, selfish or plain stupid driving while I am riding my bike, I do often wonder if the human race is at a branch again. It seems that some of our species are really wired differently. It is almost impossible to communicate with ‘them’, and no matter how terrible their actions are, they just don’t see it.

The depths that humans can go to in maiming, torturing and killing other humans is so off my comprehension ability I know I am not of the same species. How that other species can kill and eat children, hack them to death with their mothers with a machete, and even worse crimes of torture leaves me questioning the value of standing in the way of climate change that may eradicate us all.

Just when I thought I’d seen the worst, along comes another deeply disturbing chapter in our so-called evolution. If you are easily shocked, do not read on. If you think you know what horror exists and would rather pledge or donate (no gruesome images), jump here.

When undercover PETA investigators made their way onto Chinese fur farms recently, they found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their naked, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.

Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International recently toured fur farms in China’s Hebei Province, and it quickly became clear why outsiders are banned from visiting. There are no regulations governing fur farms in China—farmers can house and slaughter animals however they see fit—meaning miserable lives and excruciating deaths. The investigators found horrors beyond their worst imaginings and concluded, “Conditions on Chinese fur farms make a mockery of the most elementary animal welfare standards. In their lives and their unspeakable deaths, these animals have been denied even the simplest acts of kindness.”

On these farms, foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, exposed to driving rain, freezing nights, and, at other times, scorching sun. Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters. Disease and injuries are widespread, and animals suffering from anxiety-induced psychosis chew on their own limbs and throw themselves repeatedly against the cage bars.

I reckon I can watch some of the worst actions that humans are capable of, but even this reached my limit. I suggest you spread this information as far and wide as you can. I still can’t believe my species is capable of this.

Jump to PETA website with video. WARNING! THIS VIDEO IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING.

June 10th, 2009

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