The Truth Behind Meat or, Alternatively, Much Ado About Bacon

Sunday, March 06, 2011 , , , 13 Comments

Meaty goodness. So wrong... and yet so right.

Warning: to call the following video graphic would be an understatement. But ignoring the reality of the burgers and bacon you put in your mouth is worse than anything you might feel by watching it.

Get the kids out of the room.

I'll say it one last time: this video is disturbing and contains graphic images of animals being tortured, abused, mutilated and murdered. If you are at all faint of heart or stomach, or in denial about what mass-produced meat means for the animals who give their lives for us, go ahead and pretend like I never posted this. This is not why humans are at the top of the food chain.

I believe WC Varones posted this or something very similar way back when but couldn't find the link so please, WCV, if you did let me know and I'll be happy to give you your usual hat tip.

If the following video is not enough, let's consider the curious case of Paylean, the "miracle" supplement approved in 1999 for finishing swine just before they hit market. It essentially diverts energy away from fat production and turns the little piggies into mutant roid-heads, often causing fatal heart attacks in the animals before they even make it to the slaughterhouse.

The research shows that it takes at least one full week for Paylean to be excreted from pigs' systems and yet they are allowed to be fed this mutant-making drug up until slaughter. That means you're probably ingesting it every time you nibble a pork chop or a hot dog.

Paylean is very clearly labeled as NOT FOR CONSUMPTION BY HUMANS and the USDA insists it is somehow magically metabolized and vanishes from the point the pig is fed a dose to the time he gets hit in the head and his throat slit.

And look, upscale Taiwanese steakhouse Wang Steak just returned a 23-ton shipment of beef when the meat was found to contain Paylean, which is banned in Taiwan. Banned in Taiwan! That's not how you play well with others, people. They may have no concept of personal freedom but at least they aren't letting us get poisoned by our food:

This was the fifth beef shipment from the U.S. found to have contained the prohibited drug since the turn of the year. It has been claimed that the drug can cause problems with a person's heart and neurological systems,

DOH officials said various departments of the agency are remaining vigilance to prevent affected beef products from entering the Taiwanese market.

How did the U.S. respond to Taiwan officials' concerns? With threats of course! Eat our contaminated mutant meat OR ELSE!!!

Anyway, the video. You've been warned. Three times. Enjoy.

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Tsada Kay said...

Disclaimer: I only watched the first 40 seconds of that video, as I've seen enough slaughterhouse footage to keep me red meat and poultry-free for the past 20 years. That said, thank you for posting this. I did not know about the crazy pork roids. May have to reference your piece in the pork post I've been working on for on my blog.

For a good laugh, try to Google Paylean and "weight gain" or other such terms... wander into the land of roid-raged idiots shooting the stuff straight into their shrunken-ball asses to get ripped.

I'm not making that up.

Anonymous said...


Just a quickie about Taiwan: it's a democracy, and not under the control of China (yet). So, personal freedoms are actually much more in line with the good ol' US of A than with their neighboring bully.

liam said...

Sharing on my fb - didn't watch the video - dont need to I've seen enough as well- I didn't know about paylean thanks !!

Here, Tsada: this guy does a Paylean experiment on himself, the Elite Fitness boards go batshit (but that could just be the steroids).


You said: "Just a quickie about Taiwan: it's a democracy, and not under the control of China (yet). So, personal freedoms are actually much more in line with the good ol' US of A than with their neighboring bully."

So I was correct in my original statement that I didn't think out well enough when I wrote it to explain what I meant, they don't have many.

fishbits said...

Yes... feeding a large population of people is complex. Simplifying that complexity by appealing to emotive reaction upon viewing the footage isn't actually helping discourse at all. It's so much more complex than a blog post.


Totally disagree. Comments are open, let's discuss then.

When was the last time you shot dinner? Milked a cow? Grew a vegetable?

Industrialized food has failed. Look around. We're fat, covered in acne, pumped full of poison and then sold "cures" by Big Pharma.

I have nothing against shooting an animal in the head and skinning it myself. There's no cruelty in that, our ancestors did it with spears. There is cruelty in kicking it in the head and ripping its balls off as soon as it comes out of the womb.

In other news, pork apparently is no longer the other white meat.

The National Pork Board on Friday replaced the decades-old ad campaign with a new message: "Pork: Be Inspired."

Board officials said after nearly 25 years, it was time to move on from the old message that compared pork to chicken and instead try to increase sales by focusing on the estimated 82 million Americans who already eat pork.

"The overall goal is to move sales of our product," said Ceci Snyder, the Des Moines, Iowa-based board's vice president of marketing. "We want to increase pork sales by 10 percent by 2014. To do that, we needed to make a stronger connection, a more emotional connection to our product."

Not every emotional connection to the product is a good one.

(And check out that chart of pig cuts. Can you imagine being marked up like that? Talk about feeling like a piece of meat.)

wcv said...


This also links back to your main bete noir, inflation and the Dirty Fed.

You know how the CPI statisticians use "quality" adjustments to reduce reported inflation? Like if a car was $8,000 thirty years ago and now it's $30,000, they say a lot of that is not really inflation because it's a better car, with air bags, anti-lock brakes, etc.?

Well, where's the fucking quality adjustment for meat? A generation or two ago, your standard beef was grass-fed and not shot full of hormones and anti-biotics. Now you're lucky to find such good meat for top dollar at Whole Foods. So the government inflation liars are comparing yesterday's wholesome farm food with today's toxic industrial sludge.

CPI quality adjustments should not be a one-way street.

Anonymous said...

excess consumption (of anything is a bad thing)

Human beings have a habit of taking a good thing (in this case being an adaptable omnivore and being able to survive in the world with a varied diet) and "going off the reservation". There are predators in the world that can kick our asses one on one but they are absolute slaves to their dietary needs. We're not - and what do we do with this wonderful ability and freedom? Collectively, we manage to pervert and fuck that up too. Plates of bacon drenched in maple syrup - think I'm kidding? Mother fucker looked like he hadn't had a piece of fruit since the Bee Gees had a hit. WCV knows what I'm talkin' 'bout Wilis. I'm not kidding.

Anonymous said...

bacon CUPCAKES I rest my case What do you suppose would happen to meat production if the developed world suddenly had a V-8 moment and collectively said, "You know, I think I'm gonna lay off eating so damned much meat and see if I feel better." "Maybe I'll get a clue since reading the news of the 575 pound dude from Heart Attack Grill having died at the ripe old age of what, 29?" Sooooooo stooooooopid. Think they'll change in large numbers voluntarily??? Fat chance.... get it??? F-A-T Chance ??? God, I crack me up!!!!!

Anyone feel like we're the ones being led to slaughter?

Sorry if these bacon bits kill "non healthy" people.

The government study called "BaCon" assesses the frequency of blood component bacterial contamination associated with transfusion reaction (BaCon Study).

Fox scares us with Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Researchers found nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.

For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff and Washington, D.C.