PETA: Five Ways Vegans Can Screw With Carnivores at the Fourth of July BBQ

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Family barbecue? Here are a few tips.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has always been controversial. But sometimes you've got to make waves to get noticed. By bringing the plight of animal cruelty in circuses, factory farms, and in laboratories to light, many barbaric practices are being phased out.

In part because of the work of PETA and other animal rights groups, many circuses are phasing out the use of animal acts, consumers are choosing to not buy meat from factory farms, and a U.S. Senate committee has just approved a bill that would protect great apes from national research studies. But why stop there when you can preach at the family barbecue?

PETA has come up with a handy list of five tips every vegan should do to ensure your Aunt Cindy leaves the picnic in tears. They include:

He's smarter than your dog.
5. Set a Good Example - PETA actually suggests that you don't go on a militant rant at the party. Better to relate to your friends in a loving, kind way. A good example? "If a bacon-loving friend has a dog, tell that person that pigs are smarter than dogs". We're sure Uncle Bob will love hearing that the bacon strips on his burger were once Mensa material.

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"Animals are 'genetically altered to grow faster to produce much more milk or eggs than they naturally would (many animals become crippled under their own weight and die just inches away from water and food)" 

Really??  Where do you people get this stuff?  

For beef cattle, the largest muscled cattle are bred to the largest muscled cattle, leading to even larger muscled cattle for more meat per harvested beef cow.  By the way, that is not 'genetically altered' that is known as 'selective breeding.'

Dairy cows:  same deal, except the female cows that produce the most pounds of milk per year consistently get bred to sons of other lines of female cows that also have the highest milk yields.  Again, leading to more cows born with higher milk yields.  Again, selective breeding...not 'altered genetics.'

Chickens that lay lots of eggs...same deal.  Meat bred chickens...ditto.  I have raised the same breed of meat chickens that you have photos of deformed and 'crippled under their own weight.'  Those are called Cornish or Cornish Cross or Cornish Game Hens.  

I fed mine natural foods and a vitamin mineral supplement and they were not deformed or 'crippled under their own weight.'  They do grow VERY rapidly though and are butchered very young for meat, so I would have to surmise if their nutritional requirements were not met properly, these things could happen.

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