How many cows in Macy’s alone? How many vast acres would those cows fill, grazing contentedly? How would they spend their days with other cows?
The cows at Macy’s probably outnumber those at Saks Fifth Avenue, where they’re more spread out on display and typically cost more.
In both stores, the cows come in myriad designs, colors and prices. They may not even be native American cows; some are described as “fine Italian . . .” while others, as “designer . . . ”
What began as a day trip to NYC for art exhibitions wound up with my wondering about cows. Except that they were described as handbags, backpacks, purses, wallets, pocketbooks . . . .
How many cows does it take to stock Macy’s and Saks, even for a day? What about a season, or a year? Multiply that number by all the stores that sell cows (in their many guises) the world over. An unimaginable, probably incalculable, number.
And just as slaughterhouses exist to kill animals that people eat, there probably are also “purpose-bred” cattle facilities set up to produce “leather” for people to lug their belongings around in.
And that’s just carriers of various kinds. There are also cow belts, cow shoes and cow clothes, as well as cow furniture and cow car upholstery. (What am I forgetting?)
All this is a universal case of “Dominionism” -- the worldview or belief held by one species that it has a divine right to use animals and everything else in the living world for its own benefit.
“ . . .Then they came for the [pigs]”
You may have thought it couldn’t get worse for pigs – the animals people love to eat. (See http://www.aplnj.org/blog/2017/02/22/poor-pigs-loved-for-all-the-wrong-reasons/)
Well, you were wrong. Dominionism once again rears its ugly head, folks.
The newest goal for how pigs might serve humans is “donating” their organs for human transplants. It’s been talked about for years, but only now is it becoming a real possibility. Isn’t that great?
“Editing” pigs’ genes may be the step that makes the difference. If pigs’ genes can be “cleansed” to rid them of retroviruses that could cause disease in humans, a newspaper story reports, “that could be a real game changer,” making it “possible one day to transplant livers, hearts and other organs from pigs into humans.”
|Piglets whose genes were edited NYTimes|
Hoopla! Hey, you lucky pigs: there may be even more you can give your lives for: You could fill the gap between organ supply and demand!
But, the story mentions, “the prospect also raises thorny questions about animal exploitation and welfare. Already an estimated 100 million pigs are killed in the US each year for food.” (Animal welfare be damned!)
However, “To some, the idea of growing pigs to create organs is distasteful.” And why is that? Not, alas, because more pigs would then be purpose-bred and killed to serve human needs, but because “Many patients may prefer a human organ.”
Given the chance, pigs would agree.
Dogs catch a break
A writer recently asked New York Times readers, “Is there nothing nice you can say about the man who, after all, is our president?” The best response had to be, “He doesn’t have a dog, which is a service to all dogs.”
Thursday, August 17 is Black Cat Appreciation Day.
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