Starting…off!

Starting…off!

One of the activities we did since the year begins, was called “Art as a form of creation”. It is the final project, it consist on investigate and describe a topic that each choose. I chose “Animal Slaughter”, it is extremely important for me because of the suffering of animal and the entire world, which receives all the consequences that humans produce. By killing them. We started searching for information in class and then we finished on our houses, then Pat, would corrected from our blogs. This is my project: Animal Slaughter.

 

I decided to write about this topic because animals has a very important place in my life, I always lived animals but I continue eating them, being selfish to myself. I don’t tried to change other people opinions, because everybody have their thoughts and opinions about animal slaughter. I believed that we should stop killing and consuming them because of the sufferment, the harsh attentions they receive, because of the water consumption and ourselves. Moreover, by including this in my portfolio, I believe that the one who read it will consider it important and interesting. It was easy to investigate and write about because I’m into the topic and also because I follow many accounts that talk and show video about the importance of the animal slaughter. 

 

Finally, as I said, this is connected to my everyday life.My parents consume meat and other animal products, I don’t blame them, but they tried to changed my mind on eating an animal, and that is what bothers me the most. They tried to change my mind while I didn’t. Animals are important to our planet, because of water and oxygen, many people don’t understand, however, the other ones like the vegetarians and vegans, do. The solution to save our wonderful planet is to take care of it. This is why, it should be in my portfolio, because I can connect my personal life with works from class that maybe they have nothing in common, but I can connect them.

 

Moreover, I would loved to write more about Animal Slaughter because I think that is a topic in which humans should be focus on. Many people say that they want to take care of the planet, but it not only consist on recycling or stopr consuming plastics, which is also very important, but animal slaughter consumes a lot of water and oxygen from our planet, and also animals. They are mistreated as they were useless, animals are such like us, they can feel. They suffer. 

 

On the other hand, focusing on my skills and work in general, I think that I improved a lot since last year. Now that I’m reading a lot, I acquire a lot of vocabulary and grammar. Besides, for the next work like this one, I will try to include more information and not doing it so long. 

 

Art as a form of creation

Art as a Form of Creation

 

Slaughter of animals

On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, windowless sheds and stuffed into wire cages, metal crates, and other torturous devices. These animals will never raise their families or do anything that is natural and important to them. Not even feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they’re loaded onto trucks headed for slaughterhouses.

The modern slaughterhouse has been designed to kill as many animals as quickly as possible. The industrial slaughter of animals is a gigantic business and some of these factories, more and more technologies and with increasingly modern and specialized equipment, lead to death to miles of them every day. The factory farming industry run most factory farms that make more money by squeezing as many animals as possible into tiny spaces, even though many of the animals die from disease or infection.

 

Moreover, antibiotics are used to make animals grow faster and to keep them alive in the unsanitary conditions. When they’ve grown large enough to slaughter or their bodies have been worn out from producing milk or eggs, animals raised for food are crowded onto trucks and transported, typically without food or water.

 

The social concern about the abuses suffered by animals in farms and slaughterhouses is growing progressively and the images of violence committed against them occupy more and more space in the media. These images are usually obtained by investigative activists who, can access to cameras of these places, or through the use and placement of hidden cameras, expose to the public the reality of an increasingly industry at the sight of the consumers.

 

Pigs in the Farming Industry:

Pigs live for an average of 10-15 years, but factory farmed pigs are sent to slaughter after just six months of life. In order to get the terrified pigs onto the trucks bound for the slaughterhouse. Pigs struggle to get air and are usually given no food or water for the entire journey. Furthermore, after being kept in an immobile state all their lives, their legs and lungs are so weak that the pigs can barely walk. But when they see space ahead of them, some of them begin running for the first time in their lives. They jump and buck, because of their first feel of freedom. Then, suddenly, they collapse and cannot get up. They can only lie there, trying to breathe, their bodies racked with pain from abuse and neglect on the factory farms. A typical slaughterhouse kills up to 1,100 pigs every hour. The sheer number of animals killed makes it impossible for them to be given humane, painless deaths. Because of improper stunning, many pigs are alive when they reach the scalding tank, which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair.

Cows in the Farming Industry:

They are crammed onto trucks where they typically go without food, water, or rest for the duration of the journey, which can sometimes be days. Many cows collapse in hot weather; in the cold, cows sometimes freeze to the sides of the truck until workers pry them off with crowbars. By the time the exhausted cows reach the slaughterhouse, many are too sick or injured to walk. These cows, known to the meat and dairy industries, often have ropes or chains tied around their legs so that they can be dragged off the trucks.

Of those animals who arrive at the slaughterhouse healthy enough to walk, many are frightened and don’t want to leave the truck, so they are shocked with electric prods or dragged off with chains. After they are unloaded, cows are forced through a chute and shot in the head with a captive-bolt gun meant to stun them. But because the lines move so quickly and many workers are poorly trained, the technique often fails to render the animals insensible to pain. They also tooks cows milk that should be given to the calf that have recently born.

Testing animals

Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to be free. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The complete lack of environmental enrichment and the stress of their living situation cause some animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. After enduring a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all of them will be killed.

The solutions for this problem, such as animal slaughter, is the world become vegan, this means not consuming any kinds of animal either derivatives, such as milk, eggs and butter. It sounds impossible but it isn’t, I am vegetarian some month ago and I was vegan around 3 weeks, it is not impossible.

 

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PORTOFOLIO: Activity 2

  1. Yesterday in class, Pato told us to get together in groups to discussed some material That we should bring in relation to the poems we read in class. We should bring songs, videos, articles or pictures. So, each member of the group explained the message of the material that brought to share.
  2. What I brought to class, it is a song from one of my favorite rock band, call “Cage the Elephant”. The song i chose related with the poems is one of the last album that they published some weeks ago, it is call “Goodbye”. This is the Lyrics:

 

All my life I read between the lines

Held on too tight, you know I tried

But in the end it left me paralyzed

It’s alright, goodbye, goodbye

Seems like yesterday, I was a child

Just a ripple in the folds of time

I wish you well, I want to see you smile

It’s alright, goodbye

Goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I won’t cry, I won’t cry, I won’t cry

Lord knows how hard we tried

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

So many things I want to say to you

So many sleepless nights I prayed for you

My heart’s an ashtray and I lost my mind

You bring the smokes, I’ve got the time

I want to scream, I want to laugh, I want to close my eyes

I want to hide somewhere that’s hard to find

Stop wasting time trying to shape your life

It’s alright, goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I won’t cry, I won’t cry, I won’t cry

Lord knows how hard we tried

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

My pretty bird, my favorite lullaby

How’d I become the thorn in your side?

All your laughter turned into a cry

It’s alright, goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

I won’t cry, I won’t cry, I won’t cry

Lord knows how hard we tried

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

 

  1. C) I can connect the lyrics of this song with the poem “The Death Bed”, because I imagine that is a soldier that is saying goodbye to life. “Held on too tight, you know I tried. But in the end it left me paralyzed, It’s alright, goodbye, goodbye”, he is saying that he tried in war, he fight for his country, but with only one accident like a shot he got paralysed without moving, dying. Also, the war poems are also related with religion, but in this song is not criticizing the church or either the religion,“Lord knows how hard we tried”, he is saying that god knows how they fight, that he put all his strengths at war. Moreover, he also makes reference to his childhood, “Seems like yesterday, I was a child. Just a ripple in the folds of time”, he remember when he was a child how fast time passed to the present while being at war. Finally, as this song is call “Goodbye”, I thought that the soldier is saying goodbye to war, to life and to the soldiers.