My reference to Auschwitz is of course not meant to offend anybody.

Nonetheless, Animal Farm and Auschwitz came to mind when I read an article sent to me by a friend outlining how two giant corporations plan to come to get together to make “fossil fuel” out of animals—you read right, animals.

Like the killing of Iraqi children and American soldiers isn’t enough.

Ideas like this make Al Gore’s avoidance of the profound environmental stress placed on the planet through factory cattle-farming, factory fowl-farming and factory pork-farming even more of a moral disaster (not to mention the systemic, 24 hour-a-day cruelty to billions of sentient creatures everyday—that look and feel just like our pets).

Is this the best that North American minds backed by power can come up with? How profoundly sad. And what’s crazy is that, without diligence, ideas like this—just like factory farming did—could become normal in a decade or two.

And what a surprise: it is a collaboration between mega oil company ConocoPhilips and mega meat company Tyson Foods that puts a whole new perverted twist on the concept of sustainability.

To read the article, press here. To be honest, I felt like throwing up.

Here’s a site talking about Tyson Foods’ treatment of animals (press here). It’s graphic, by the way, but it might make us think—or, even better, feel.

And what another surprise: Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was recently named to the ConocoPhilips Board of Directors.

Armitage takes his alleged threat (and nature) of “bombing Pakistan back to the stone age” to the fine company of ConocoPhilips who, as you will see, really mean it when they say on their website: “At ConocoPhillips, we believe in energy—whatever the source.”

Cutting back on our factory-farm meat consumption gives us immediate power in the fight against this abysmal cruelty, against deeper environmental degradation, against hopelessness, against profit at any cost and a push towards compassion for “for the littlest of mine.”

My instinct, for what it’s worth, is the more we as humans can do this cruelty to animals, the more humans can and will do this cruelty to humans.

As the Buddhists (and millions of others) say: May all sentient beings be happy. Indeed. Love more.



3 Responses to “ANIMAL FARM meets AUSCHWITZ”

  1. [...] But at least it seems that two people are really trying to speak for the well-being of the commons—monetarily, health-wise, encouraging peace, social justice, speaking out against the World Bank, the IMF, the Federal Reserve, and even promoting, by behaviour at least, the rights of animals to not be sytematicaly and unnecessarily abused and tortured before becoming food. [...]

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Pete,

    Animal Farm and Auschwitz isn’t what I thought of. Soylent Green is what popped into my head. Are we very far from there when we start looking at living creatures and thinking, “hummm, truck fuel!??

    I’d like to see some numbers beyond “3% of the ConocoPhillips’ diesel fuel production.? What are the projections for future use? Will there come a point where they are raising animals for fuel and producing more meat than can be consumed, ironically making the meat a byproduct? Then I suppose they’ll try to hide the waste by calling it “low quality meat? and therefore not suitable for consumption by humans? And they will, of course, breed for fat to meat ratio and create animals that are unnaturally fat and unhealthy almost from birth, and on and on. Ah, the almighty dollar.

    In the name of full disclosure, we are not vegetarians. My husband and son are allergic to legumes, nuts, most fruit, and can tolerate only small amounts of egg and dairy. Nutritionally, we don’t have a lot of options, but even we try to keep meat consumption to a minimum, adding it as necessary for complete protein.

    Food is one thing, but what really drives me nuts is the raising and/or slaughter (humane or otherwise) of animals for any other reason. We don’t need their claws, fat, feathers, feet, fur, ground-up bones, horns, teeth, tusks, or any other parts for adornment, medicinal purposes, or fuel. (Have you ever met a chinchilla in person? An animal only Dr. Suess could dream up, but cute beyond words.)

    I don’t know. Is there anything out there that is really simple? I suspect very little.

    Living, Loving, Laughing,


  3. Dear Karen,

    God love you and your comment. If I sound at all like a militant vegetarian, I apologise on behalf of myself. The dream for me is to try and be as aware and cause as little unnecessary suffering to others (including animals) as possible.

    We’re all going to have enough suffering without any extra efforts anyway.

    I love the description of the two men in your life. Have you considered whale blubber, a la the Inuit. When there’s nothing else in the cupboard, I bet it ain’t bad.

    I so agree with your last paragraph, too, and I’d love to meet a chinchilla, and maybe cross it with a heffalump, just for a laugh.

    Finally, yes, simple. No. That, my friend, is so challenging today—imagine the sky alone, with wireless, cellphones, raido and TV signals and so on. Although we don’t experience them, per se, without the gadgetry, I wonder if they have any effect, shooting through us and all around us.

    You are not alone! Maybe the yogas were right, too. maybe we can talk to the source of our existence, or at least the source of something.

    Living, loving, laughing right back at you, and gratitude,


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