Monday, February 1, 2010

“Old Sow”, Sows and Veal

Old Sow Whirlpool
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Deer Island, New Brunswick - Eastport, Maine
“One of the most dramatic demonstrations of the power of the tides is found in the Western Passage of the Passamaquoddy Bay towards the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. “Old Sow” is the largest whirlpool in the western hemisphere, the second largest in the world - second only to the Maelstrom Whirlpool of Norway. Located between Deer Island and Indian Island, this natural wonder can be seen from the shores of Eastport, Maine. It is called “Old Sow” because of the sounds that are heard from the churning waters.”

More pictures at:
"This powerful whirlpool is formed when the rising tide passes both sides of Indian Island, takes a sharp right turn around the southern tip of Deer Island to flood the Western Passage. A current of over 6 knots (11 km/hr or 6.9 mi/hr) has been experienced off Deer Island Point. In addition to the waters pressing through the narrow straight, the waters are forced along the peaks and valleys of the ocean floor – a trench as deep as 122 meters (400 feet), followed by a reduction in water depth to 36 meters (119 feet) and again followed by a depth of over 107 meters (350 feet). The current of inflowing tributaries within the Passamaquoddy Bay add to the already busy waters."

Now about Sows and Veal. 

 Maine Becomes Sixth State To Ban Sow Gestation Crates, Veal Crates
“Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the new law, LD 1021, will prohibit gestation crates for sows and veal crates for calves.  The Humane Society of the United States strongly backed the legislation.
"It's cruel and inhumane to confine animals in cages barely larger than their own bodies for months on end," said Katie Lisnik, Maine state director of The HSUS.”
“On many factory farms, pregnant sows are kept confined in gestation stalls (pictured at left) for months at a time, for most of their lives. Calves raised for veal are kept in crates, tethered by the neck, for their whole lives. A video by The Humane Society of the US shows the cruelty. “

That video will open your eyes!
Would you want to be party to this cruelty by supporting this treatment by eating these?
I used to love a recipe my German step mother used to make:

4 veal escalopes (from rump)
1 tbsp. plain flour
Salt & pepper
1/4 pt. water
1 egg
1 1/2 oz. bread crumbs
2 oz. oil
1 1/2 tbsp. sour cream

Salt and pepper the meat. Pound until very thin with meat hammer. Dip in flour, then in beaten egg, and lastly in bread crumbs. Pan fry in the hot oil on both sides until golden brown. Add water and sour cream to the oil. Stir well and serve on the side. Can be served with sauerkraut, boiled potatoes and bread dumplings.

Until I found out how the baby calves were treated, then I shunned it completely.

"Male calves are taken away from their mothers two or three days after their birth and chained in small crates or pens that measure only 22 inches by 54 inches in size. They are fed a low iron diet to keep them anemic so that their flesh remains a light pink. A human in this condition would be considered quite ill. These calves are chained in place so that they can never move about or exercise their limbs, and many of them never see the light of day until the day that they are taken to slaughter." From:

“The new law prohibits any person from tethering or confining a pregnant sow or veal calf "for all or the majority of a day in a manner that prevents the animal from....lying down, standing up and fully extending the animal's limbs; and ...turning around freely." "Turning around freely" means being able to turn "in a complete circle without any impediment, including a tether, and without touching the side of an enclosure"”.


I am so glad that these poor animals will finally be treated humanely.
We had cows and pigs when we had some acreage in KS, and they were all loving individuals, with their own personalities.  I never ate any of them, though!!
I think you and I have seen enough for today!

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