Pravin K. Shah
Jain Study Center of North Carolina
By reading this article you will
realize that the dairy cows are no longer vegetarian animals. The dairy
industry feeds them recycled meat mixed with regular grain feed. The
recycled meat is derived by recycling slaughterhouses waste, dead animals
such as millions of euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarians and animal
shelters, and supermarket and restaurant waste.
Rendering plants perform one of the
most valuable functions on Earth. They recycle dead animals,
slaughterhouses waste, and supermarket rejects into various products known
as recycled meat, bone meal, and animal fat. These products are used as a
source of protein and other nutrients in the diets of dairy animals,
poultry, swine, pet foods, cattle feed, and sheep feed. Animal fat is also
used in animal feeds as an energy source.
One estimate states that some 40
billion pounds a year of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and
viscera, as well as the remains of millions of euthanized cats and dogs
passed along by veterinarians and animal shelters, are rendered annually
into livestock feed. This way they turn dairy cows, other cattle and hogs,
which are natural herbivores (vegetarians), into unwitting carnivores
However without rendering plants, our
cities would run the risk of becoming filled with diseased and rotting
carcasses. Fatal viruses and bacteria would spread uncontrolled through
"If you burned all the carcasses,
you'd get a terrible air pollution problem," or "If you put it all into
landfills, you'd have a colossal public health problem, not to mention
stench. Dead animals are an ideal medium for bacterial growth," said Dr.
William Heuston, associate dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of
Veterinary Medicine at College Park, MD USA.
This is a multibillion-dollar
industry, and these facilities operate 24 hours a day just about
everywhere in America, Europe and other parts of the world. They have been
in operation for years. Yet so few of us have ever heard of them.
The dead animals and slaughterhouses
waste which rendering plants recycle includes:
waste such as heads and hooves from cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, blood,
stomachs, intestines, spinal cords, tails, feathers, an bones.
of euthanized cats and dogs from veterinarians and animal shelters
animals such as skunks, rats, and raccoons
of pets, livestock, poultry waste
Renderers in the United States pick
up 100 million pounds of waste material every day. Half of every butchered
cow and a third of every pig is not consumed by humans. An estimated six
to seven million dogs and cats are killed in animal shelters each year,
said Jeff Frace, a spokesman for the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals in New York City.
Along with the above material, the
Rendering plants are unavoidably process toxic wastes as indicated below.
The following menu of unwanted
ingredients often accompanies with dead animals and other raw material:
via poisoned livestock
drugs that was given to pets
dead animals have flea collars containing organophosphate insecticides
oil laced with bootleg DDT
Dursban in the form of cattle insecticide patches.
chemicals leak from antibiotics in livestock,
metals from pet ID tag, surgical pins and needles.
1. Styrofoam trays from
packed unsold supermarket meats, chicken and fish
2. Cattle ID tag
3. Plastic insecticide
4. Green plastic bags
containing dead pets from veterinarians
Skyrocketing labor costs are one of
the economic factors forcing the corporate flesh-peddlers to cheat. It is
far too costly for plant personnel to cut off flea collars or unwrap
spoiled T-bone steaks. Every week, millions of packages of plastic-wrapped
meat go through the rendering process and become one of the unwanted
ingredients in animal feed.