On Pigs

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This is such a disturbing image. The animal doesn’t know its’ fate but the word on her back says everything: what will happen to her, how her babies will suffer without her, and how she’s been treated up until now-like a tool, something used and used again for human gain, and then after doing everything the humans wanted, she is thrown away like garbage when she is no longer needed.

Pigs are social creatures who communicate with each other, who love to play, who have good memories, and some say that they are as smart as a monkey or a dog.
http://news.discovery.com/animals/iq-tests-suggest-pigs-are-smart-as-dogs-chimps-150611.htm

“While it is hard to see an animal and a mother so obscenely devalued as to be spray-painted with the word “Destroy,” at least this farm is not trying to prettify or distract from the fate of farmed animals by using humane labels and euphemisms. Because the truth is that no matter how “local & pasture raised” or “certified humane” or “animal welfare approved,” all animal agriculture is based on the grossest devaluing of life: when you maintain that an animal’s dearest wish for continued existence, and its entire potential lifetime of meaningful experiences, are worth less than the taste of bacon or hamburger or cheese; that animals should be killed for food despite an abundance of nutritious plant-based alternatives; then you are saying in effect that those animals are garbage. You may as well be holding the spray paint and the slaughter knife yourself. Don’t buy the myth: there is nothing ethical or humane about exploiting and killing others we have no need to harm at all.”
– Free from Harm   http://freefromharm.org/

Read more on the hidden lives of pigs the pork industry doesn’t want you to know about:

The Hidden Lives of Pigs

Angora Wool

Many people love the look and feel of angora wool. Most people however would be appalled to find out how their lovely angora sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves were made.

Most animals used in our society for human consumption – be that in the meat, fashion or entertainment industries – are neglected,  ignored – treated as property.  Often they are unnecessarily abused as well. They rarely, if ever, receive veterinary treatment when they need it. They often go without food and even without water.

And these are just the basics that all creatures need.  Animals need enrichment and to socialize. Farm animals rarely are treated humanely even on so called ‘humane farms’.

Are you ready to see how angora rabbits are treated?  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recently did an investigation in the UK and here is what they found:

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=43174&utm_campaign=27012016+-+Kooples+Angora+-+Post&utm_source=PETA+UK+Facebook&utm_medium=Promo

If this upsets you, you can do something! Stop buying angora wool! Stop buying any wool.

https://newveganblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/the-wool-truth/

Tell people about it!  Share this blog!

Get involved to support animals:

http://www.hsi.org/campaigns/support_farm_animals/

Let companies know that you do  not support this by taking action!

No animal should be treated in this way.  No animal should be left in a cage by itself. No animal’s injuries should ever be ignored.

Not every angora rabbit in this industry has it this bad, but they all suffer.  Ask yourself is it worth it for a piece of clothing?

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The Animal Kill Counter

Click this link to learn see and learn more about how many animals are killed for food globally: http://actionforanimalskansas.blogspot.ca/2008/11/animal-kill-counter.html

When I first saw this “Kill Counter”, I couldn’t believe it and I actually felt panicky realizing that every second of every day, thousands of innocent animals are being slaughtered for food. Watching the counter, I wanted to do something to make it stop!

In many parts of the world, eating meat is simply unnecessary.

Make a change!  Feel your humanity! Feel for the animals!

How can you not when looking at that counter?

Something is definitely very wrong.

Beyond Carnism

I watched an excellent presentation by Melanie Joy yesterday on YouTube about our meat-eating, animal-using culture.

Melanie Joy is the Founder and President of a charitable organization called ‘Beyond Carnism / Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN)’.  The organization’s mandate is to raise awareness about ‘carnism’ as she calls it – the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals.

In the presentation, Melanie talks about how our culture sees certain animals as food (though interestingly, not all animals) and how we are in denial due to these cultural beliefs. We think that eating animals is normal, she says.  We are also unaware of how these animals are treated before they appear in our grocery stores and on our plates.

Of course, many of you reading this are already vegan or interested in veganism and although the presentation may have as its subject matter something you already know about, one segment I found particularly moving is the part about each animal  having a distinct personality, an individual life and the desire for freedom to live as it was intended to – and that animal cares about and will fight for its life as much as you care about and will fight for yours.

Every animal fights for its freedom and for its life just as we would when it is being taken away.

Each animal suffers when pain and misery are inflicted – just as we do.

And we (our culture) cause them suffering and take their freedoms away and ultimately take their lives, usually with no thought or care for them.  We don’t have respect for all life – we see animals as ours to do with as we want.

Here is a moving photo of two cows seeking comfort in each other:

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When we choose to believe that animals are not like us, that they do not matter, we are fooling ourselves and I believe, diminishing our own humanity.

The following quote by Joanna Lucas of the Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary captures the horror inherent in our meat-eating society:

‘We know things about her that no one should ever know, or want to know, about a fellow being – the sight of her flayed body, the weight of her severed thigh, the taste of her burned, bone-punctured flesh, the charred crunch of her fractured ribs, the flavor of her spilled marrow, the taste, texture and flavor of every aspect of her despair, degradation and defeat.

We know every detail of what we have forced her to be – an object to consume and excrete. What we don’t know, what we don’t want to know, is what we must know if we are to restore our own humanity: who she is.’

Each and every animal has a personality, a life they will fight to keep, eyes that see, and a body that feels.

Melanie says that a shocking 1.2 billion farm animals are killed weekly for food and yet we don’t see any of this. This shocking reality is hidden from us as these animals live on factory farms in ‘windowless sheds in remote locations’.

The short video about how animals are treated that Melanie shows the audience part way through her presentation is disturbing, but she will warn you to look away or close your eyes and not listen if you feel you cannot witness it – I encourage you to watch it though.  It could change your life!  I know learning about the way our society treats animals certainly has irrevocably changed mine.

So, here it is:

Many people wish they had known the facts earlier so they could have made changes to help animals earlier. So please share this—help me get the word out!  Animals deserve better than this – I know you agree.

Click the following link for more information on Melanie Joy’s organization: http://carnism.org/

Thank you for reading.

From,

A true animal loving vegan

Jill’s Story

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Jill Phipps was killed trying to protect animals. She was a passionate and dedicated activist who was crushed to death in the UK, by a livestock vehicle transporting live veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.

I, like Jill, do not believe that we have any right or dominion over animals. We should not believe that we are ‘allowed’ to use them for any of our selfish purposes (including food).  As for any set of values, I admire and respect anyone willing to die for them.

I hope that people soon start to see things differently and already I see that some are just by hanging out with me! The issue for me is that people are so disconnected. Not many people have worked in a slaughterhouse and have seen that horrific side of their food. Not many people know that male chicks in the egg industry are ground up alive as soon as they are born. Not many people know that ¼ of animals trapped for fur chew their legs off in an attempt to free themselves. Not many people know that piglets that are not growing quickly enough or that are ill are ‘thumped’ on the ground to death instead of taken care of or treated by a veterinarian – treated humanely. Not many people know that pigs in transport trucks freeze to the sides of them in freezing cold weather and die of heatstroke in them in severe heat waves before arriving at their destinations. The animals we use are seen as ‘products’ long before they are killed and as such, are denied basics such as food, water and proper shelter from the elements in many cases.

Not many people know these things because they are too disturbing.

And no, it doesn’t happen all the time, but I will not support any of this in any way anymore.

My hope is that someday we all know how horrid the lives of the animals we use are……and that we look for and make important changes to our system.

Evolve I say!

Some of us don’t have the choice anymore-it is a ‘calling’ to help.

See more of Jill’s story here:

Watching over the ones who need us

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This photo breaks my heart.

It is why I am vegan.

I want to do my part to protect animals. I want to watch over them. Look out for them. Just as the bigger piglet seems to be doing for the little one.

I want to pick them both up and take them out of there to a pasture somewhere to be free. Free from harm and suffering to a life they truly deserve and not the one they will get – so full of misery.

I would honour the little guy by burying him – not by putting him out with the trash which so often happens on huge industrial farms.

We need to do better than this. We can do better.

Let’s all try to do better by using compassion when choosing what we eat. 

The Truth About Eggs

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Many of us grew up with a vision of farms as lovely places where animals frolicked in beautiful pastures and socialized with other animals while they ate themselves full. They had places to go when it rained or got too cold, but had the choice to be outside as well.

That may have been the way back then in the ‘good ol’ days’, but now most of our meat and dairy comes from factory farms where there simply is not enough space for the multitudes of animals that are kept. They are kept indoors for their whole lives, some cramped in so tightly with other animals, they cannot ever stretch and some can’t even turn around.

Thankfully, some farms are working toward better practices and higher standards of animal care.

And many small scale organic farmers are doing their best to provide us with healthy food, to take better care of their animals as well, allowing them free-range to the outdoors, and providing veterinary care when necessary – just caring more in general.

Still, most of us buy the cheapest meat, and the cheapest eggs and dairy we can find – this is not at no expense. Animals are living tortured lives so that farmers can get these cheap products to us. As long as there is demand, this will continue.

How many of us would still eat cheap eggs if we saw this picture from ‘Mercy for Animals’ website?

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There are better ways to get your eggs-visit a local farm and get them from healthy and truly free-range chickens.  Many companies say their chickens are ‘free-range’ but really they are not. Having access to a door you can never get to because of over-crowding to is not ‘free-range’.

Do your research. Be critical. Visit the farm yourself.

There are so many local farms, even near large cities. Do it for yourself and do it for the animals.

Or go vegan and make a delicious tofu scramble – tastes so much eggs it’s hard to tell the difference!

Here’s a great tofu scramble recipe on ‘thevword blog’ I’m going to try this week-end:

http://thevword.net/2012/03/southwestern-tofu-scramble-with-greens.html#comment-6400 

The Disconnect

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Pretty powerful image – a sharp knife and fork with the little chick right there on the plate beside them.  My natural instinct is to get that soft little thing away from the sharp cutlery.

What is really sad is that a little chick’s fate on an industrial farm is far worse than if you killed it right there on the plate.

Millions upon millions of newborn male chicks who can’t lay eggs and can’t be used for meat, are deemed as useless and quickly put into plastic garbage bags and left to suffocate or ground up alive every day in the world.

Imagine that for a moment.

We need to stop this dis-connect and start to connect with the reality of how food gets to our plates and make wiser choices that protect animals and that better fit our own personal values as well.

More on newborn male chicks here:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/worst-things-about-being-a-male-chick-in-the-egg-industry/

Veganism and Feminism Intertwined

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You may not know this, but in order for us to have dairy, and for dairy farmers to have a lucrative business, cows must be pregnant as often as possible, and for them to become pregnant, they are impregnated on what the industry itself terms, ‘rape racks’.

Furthermore, when they have their babies, the calves are taken away within hours so that the milk can come to us instead of to them.

The calves are then fed ‘waste milk’ – milk that is unsaleable to humans  – rather than their own mother’s healthful milk that was made for them.

What a violation of such a natural and beautiful thing: a mother giving new life to her babies.

Being pregnant all the time results in many problems to these cows including mastitis – a painful inflammation of the mammary glands.

After years of being constantly pregnant, cows become exhausted, and without the normal levels of energy and health for their ages, they are slaughtered for meat at around 5 or 6 years old, whereas cows otherwise can live to be 25 years old.

Feminists have fought for years against the objectification of the female body. Against women being used for others’ gain. Against women being treated unfairly. Against women being unheard.

There are many blogs out there as to why feminism and veganism are intertwined-here is one:

http://veganfeminist.blogspot.ca/2012/10/what-is-rape-rack-why-feminism-applies.html

Be a feminist!  Stand up for and protect all females.

Become vegan!!

The Loving Bond of Cows and their Calves

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I read an article today about the bond between cow and newborn calf and how it is severed so quickly after the calf’s birth so humans can have milk and meat.

We need to stop and think about where our food comes from and if we really want to continue to support these practices.

As the writer says, we just accept what our families and culture tell us as the way it is. We need to ask more questions.

Here is the article:

http://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/breaking-the-mother-calf-bond-the-untold-story-of-milk/

Look at the video-it is sad.

If a female, the calf will have the same destiny as her mother and if male, the calf will become meat for humans. Veal is a particularly sad fate for a male calf.

Let’s stop this cycle. Being vegetarian isn’t enough-become vegan!