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Labor Day for Animals? Why Not?

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Being forced to carry people in carriages during extreme weather also takes its toll.† Many animal advocates continue to protest and get laws changed to remove the carriage horse trade in cities. The growing idea of replacing horses with electric vintage vehicles is gaining popularity.

Production animals on factory farms have the worst plight of all. Pigs are kept for a lifetime of continuous artificially inseminated pregnancies in gestation stalls so small the animal canít turn around or have any meaningful movement of their bodies. Pigs have the intelligence of a 3-year-old human. Mama pigs end up so frustrated they bite the bars of their cages to the point of losing their teeth.† Many show signs of clinical depression and anxiety. Think about that pain and suffering the next time you have a hankering for bacon.

Iíve heard it said that cows are the foster mothers to the human race. Thatís a sweet sentiment until you realize how the cows are also kept pregnant to make them continuously lactate to in order for us to steal their milk. Their horns are burned off without the benefit of anesthesia or painkiller medication. They are fed antibiotics to prevent infection from the deplorable and filthy conditions in which they are forced to live. On concrete floors without the natural ability to graze on meadows, cows become lame and depressed.† Many suffer with a prolapsed uterus and no veterinary intervention.

Chickens are made to live in a space smaller than an 8 by 11 inch piece of paper.† Never allowed to spread their wings or participate in natural chicken habits like dust bathing and foraging, the life of an egg-producing chicken is reduced to a mere 16-18 months. Fifteen years is the norm for free-ranging birds, not to mention they are stuck in a large barn without sunlight and built-up chicken excrement so extreme workers have to wear respirators to enter.

Turkeys suffer much like the chickens do, living in cramped squalor. They are fed hormones to grow unnaturally large, often to the point they can no longer support their weight while walking. Slaughter is not even close to humane standards. Think about that next Thanksgiving time.

Labor Day for Animals

Is it so difficult to imagine the animals in our midst deserve to be remembered and honored on Labor Day?† While you celebrate your appreciation for all the service animals, why not commit to getting production animals out of their misery?† Many organizations like Mercy for Animals, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have campaigns to end the suffering of factory farmed creatures. Join their efforts to truly show your respect for all of Godís little creatures.

Contemporary Labor Day plans usually revolve around barbeques, swim parties and the like. So this year, when you host a barbecue for Labor Day, how about throwing some veggie burgers on the grill instead of hot dogs and hamburgers?

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Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on September 2, 2013.

 

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6:45PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Why not indeed, they deserve it :)

6:45PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Why not indeed, they deserve it :)

6:36PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

thanks

3:55PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Why not they are working hard and deserve our respect any day of the year !

12:16PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Thank you

12:12PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

P.S. My furkids are my family, they share all holidays with me, in entertainment, food, whatever,... my lab goes with me to my brother's on Christmas & Thanksgiving, he says if I don't bring her I can't come , of course he's kidding, & my 2 cat furkids get special treatment on those days because I leave them for a few hours.They are all spoiled rotten as all animals should be.

12:01PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

I agree with Sue H. ,why did this turn into a vegan thing ? Seems lots of things on Care 2 turn into a vegan or vegetarian thing, to each his own on that matter.

11:58AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

I agree with Kamia.

11:35AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Animals don't take a vacation. They don't know today vs tomorrow vs yesterday, and couldn't care less. All they care about is being treated well and lovingly, and that should happen every single day of their lives. In fact, the helping dogs, like herding breeds and service animals, actually enjoy the work they do. That's why they do it so well. It's a bond that labor unions or others simply can't understand. The times I left my service dog home, he was depressed and miserable.

11:12AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Animals do one of the greatest works by ensuring the balance of nature!
Animals help humanity in all sorts of things, they are guide dogs, rescue dogs and otherwise prepare the animals and all sorts of pleasures!
We humans have the task of our fellow creatures, to treat the animals fair!
So animals deserve it more than anyone else, which is dedicated to them a Labour Day!

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