Factory farm “waste lagoon” photo scares the internet »
You may have seen this going around last week—it’s effing grody to the max! It’s a feedlot “waste lagoon,” as Mercy for Animals called it. This satellite pic was posted on reddit and people were like, “ew!” I don’t blame them. Even that crooning crab Sebastian couldn’t have set the mood in this lagoon. And that crustacean knows how to set the mood.
From Mercy for Animals:
With over eight billion animals raised and slaughtered on today’s factory farms each year, waste is not only a grave environmental concern, but a major public health hazard. Communities near factory farms have complained of farmers spraying feces and urine into the air, a method employed to “dispose of” animal waste. In addition to jeopardizing human health, this practice can contaminate local rivers, streams and soil. Waste lagoons can also overflow or leak toxic material into surrounding areas.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, “People who live near or work at factory farms breathe in hundreds of gases, which are formed as manure decomposes. For instance, one gas released by the lagoons, hydrogen sulfide, is dangerous even at low levels. Its effects—which are irreversible—range from sore throat to seizures, comas and even death.”
Nice. I wonder if a pic like this actually changes anyone’s mind about eating meat/dairy? Or at least makes them more conscious of factory farms? It must, right? It’s a goddamn blood-red WASTE LAGOON!
Awesome people save awesome dog! »
See, sometimes people aren’t the worst! Some lovely person over at Reddit made a plea to help a sweet pup named Rambo who was on death row at the city of Claremore, Okla. Animal Control. I don’t really know how Reddit works because the web interface is too ugly for my sensitive eyes, but apparently the post went wild and people voted it up the chain to the top ad, and Rambo got adopted! By a Reddit person! How awesome is that? Hint: SO AWESOME! Sometimes I report (ha! I’m a reporter! Promotion!) about super-sad animal stuff so I thought maybe everyone could use a pick-me-up! Yay! The world’s kind of all right sometimes!
[picture of Rambo from Claremore Animal Control]