Chattanooga’s Walk for Farm Animals September 19th

Reporting:  Monessa Guilfoil

Chattanooga Animal Advocates is hosting once again the “Walk for Farm Animals” in Downtown Chattanooga this coming Sunday.      Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the walk at 11:00 a.m. at Ross’s Landing.     For more information contact Leigh Cox, Chattanooga Walk Coordinator at 423-432-0500 or at Chattanooga@walkforfarmanimals.org.    You can also pre-register here.       The cost is $15 or $20 the day of the walk and includes a tee-shirt.

Here’s more about Farm Sanctuary:

Farm Sanctuary works to end cruelty to farm animals and promotes compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. We envision a world where the violence that animal agriculture inflicts upon people, animals and the environment has ended, and where instead we exercise values of compassion.

Mike Jaynes, Women’s Studies Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is helping spread the word about this upcoming walk.     He is an animal right’s advocate and environmentalist who founded the  “Awake and Engage ” series on the UTC campus.     He has a piece online from 2008 called “Moo-ving People Towards Compassionate Living.”

Prof. Mike Jaynes

Last year Jaynes brought the Academy Award winning Documentary, “The Cove” to the UTC campus as part of the “Awake and Engage” series.      Click here for the story.

Here are some sources for statistics presented in the audio portion of this story:

70% of all antibiotics used in the U.S. each year are fed to livestock and poultry.

Four Corporations slaughter 80% of the cattle in the Unites States.

This video is called, “45 Day Life of a Broiler Chicken.”

Listen to the Story about the Walk for Farm Animals in Chattanooga:

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6 Responses to “Chattanooga’s Walk for Farm Animals September 19th”

  1. Dr. Ray Burden Says:

    I challenge the statement of the 70% – show me the data!!!!
    The website listed is nothing more than an article. I have seen such statements before yet can find NO reputable, scientific data to verify the assertions.

    Broiler chickens are not raised in cages – confined, environmental control houses are the standard here in the southeast. “Open range” chickens are raised in some areas. However, no on ever discusses the death loss due to predators such as snakes, varmints (raccoon, opossum, coyotes) and predatory birds (raptors).

    Obviously, the real agenda is that of a vegetarian lifestyle. So be it for those who choose. I just ask that these individuals use scientific based FACTS no emotionally based, unverifiable, inflammatory, misleading and blatant untruths.

    It is nothing short of an absoulte traversity and outright fraud to have an individual who is a professor at an institution of higher learning where the concept of scientificaly based research is supposed to be formost in all scholarly works make the unfounded statements that he has made.

    While I support his right to say and believe whatever unsupported concepts he chooses, there is an inherent ETHICAL and MORAL obligation to present only factual information.

    SHOW ME THE VERIFABLE EVIDENCE!!!! The articles above do not reference ANY scientific studies.

    • Around & About Chattanoooga Says:

      This statement was originally made by the Union of Concerned Scientists and has been widely reported, USA Today and ABC News, but The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming does say that estimates vary widely. This is from the appendix of the Pew research-
      “The Animal Health Institute, a trade association representing drug manufacturers, uses the 30% figure. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates use as closer to 70 percent. The Institute of Medicine estimated in 1985 that subtherapeutic use in cattle, swine and poultry totaled 16.1 million pounds, or more than half of all antimicrobials produced at that time.”

  2. Dr. Ray Burden Says:

    I am well aware of all of the above cited “estimates” especially the recent Pew Campaign. My question arises from the fact in each of these “studies” they are all ESTIMATES yet in each and every case the numbers are reported as though they are substantiated (even the wording estimated is used). I can easily say that other estimates show just the opposite which would not support the argument supported by this article. I understand that the real ppurpose is to oppose all animal agriculture – why not just say that this organization is a pro-vegetarian movement and not try to mislead individuals into following that lifestyle.
    I would suggest that IF this article/report is supposed to based on scientific data to prove the point, then it has completely failed. If, on the other hand, the real agenda has been to use emotional decision making as the tool for changing opinion, then be HONEST and do just that …. don’t distort, mislead, and use incorrect information.

    The data from the 1985 (also estimated) is not applicable in today’s livestock and poultry industry. The use of subtheraputic doses is not an accepted practice.

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