WTF HSUS?

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

You could say that I am more than a bit peeved at the HSUS these days. Their shameless promotion of meat-eating—especially their sponsoring the hedonistic “Hoofin’ It” event—has me downright pissed off. 

I have to wonder if they can even see above the bullshit they’ve sunk into this time. 

For years I was an ardent supporter of their policies—until they went out of their way to join Whole Foods in perpetuating the myth of “humane” meat. Instead of sticking to their guns and helping to usher in an era of evolution that takes us beyond animal agriculture, they’re bent on reviving the “Old McDonald’s Farm” fantasy.

I live next door to Old McDonald, and I’ve seen how he treats his farm animals. It isn’t pretty.

One of the flesh food purveyors featured in the “Hoofin’ It” event (the ranch that raises bison) waxes poetic about their “product”…

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Gaza’s zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/18/world/meast/gaza-zoo-destroyed/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2

By Frederik Pleitgen, CNN
updated 8:34 AM EDT, Tue August 19, 2014

Jabalya, Gaza (CNN) — The sights at the Gaza zoo couldn’t be sadder.

In a tiny cage, a baboon sits, picking seeds off the floor, desperately eating whatever he can find. Next to the baboon, the carcass of his mate and five offspring lay in the pen, decomposing in the August heat.

“Eight to 10 monkeys were killed,” says Abu Sameer, the zoo’s chief veterinarian. “Also a peacock, a gazelle, a lion, and a fox.”

The carcasses of dead animals, mostly monkeys, lay scattered across the scorched grass between the pens. In one of the cages, a dead peacock lays in front of two hungry lions. In another, a crocodile lounges in the hot sun; there is almost no water in the enclosure, which also holds a pelican and a duck.

The zoo, part of the Al-Bisan…

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18 Things Only A Vegan Will Understand

 

Today I happened across this article: “17 Things Only GF People Will Understand” by Kirstin Carey, Owner of Nourish, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, & GF Since 2007 http://www.nourish123.com/blog/17-things-only-gf-people-will-understand/#comment-22811

I chuckled as I read this because I could easily swap out *Gluten Free* for *Vegan*.

To that end, I decided to copy Kirstin’s idea, only in this case I am applying it to vegans.

  1. You have a fear of dining out in restaurants with your non-vegan friends
  2. You have a fear of restaurants you have never been to.
  3. You have a fear of BBQs, Buffets, and Banquets (love the Oxford Comma, btw!)
  4. You mistrust nearly all wait staff even when the executive chef himself/herself assures you are safe. You’re still unsure.
  5. You use phrase(s) like: Is this Certified Vegan?
  6. You have to explain “’Natural flavors’ does not necessarily mean vegan”
  7. You’ve given up on the concept of recreating vegan versions of Marshmallow Fluff, Nutella, and Caesar dressing.
  8. You’ve heard the words, “Oh, there was only a little bit of [insert animal products here]. That won’t hurt you, right?”
  9. You’ve had people look at you like you were insane when you’ve tried to explain to them that no, picking out the chicken and shredded cheese from a salad or removing the chicken and/or melted cheese from a sandwich will not erase the taste of dead animal from your food.
  10. You have zero problems bringing your own food to any event, including a wedding.
  11. You go everywhere assuming there will nothing for you to eat.
  12. You’ve been given a “Gluten Free Meal” or a “Kosher Meal” at group events, because the caterer decided that gluten-free/kosher is synonymous with vegan.
  13. People ask you all the time if you eat “fish”.
  14. You’ve explained at least 100 times that “Fish, eggs, butter, marshmallows, fluff, honey, and most commercially sold chocolate” is in fact NOT
  15. You closest friends still get rattled when you come to dinner because they haven’t quite wrapped their heads around how easy it is to make delicious food that does not contain animal bits in it.
  16. You’re tired of people saying, “So what DO you eat?” or “I could never do that?” or “What do you do for protein” or “What if you were stuck on a deserted island and the only thing to eat were bunny rabbits?” And then there is my all time favorite: “Isn’t eating vegetables murder?”
  17. You wonder why people become so concerned about your protein intake once you’ve informed them that you are  a vegan. Meanwhile, you’ll see someone smoking and wonder why no one asks if they are concerned about lung cancer.
  18. Every week I have to travel into Boston with a Whole Foods bag filled with grocery items that are vegan, included are the meals I made for the week that I cooked from scratch in the safety of my kitchen.

Do you believe this?

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

Subject: Wisconsin Church Promotes Animal Abuse Event Aug. 10 – please sign the petition against it by clicking here.

Contact information to call or email the event coordinator and St. Patrick Parish are below the article. Please help stop this. Wisconsin is becoming world renowned for animal abuse – both farm animals and wildlife. Please not only sign but network to your email lists and social networking sites.

HORTONVILLE, Wis. – St. Patrick’s Parish in Hortonville, Wisconsin plans to host an event this weekend in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket. To see the announcement, click here.

This illegal animal fighting event is in violation of Wisconsin Chapter 951, titled “Crimes Against Animals”, which outlaws cockfighting, dogfighting, and any other similar fighting between animals or animals and humans.

In addition, being a spectator of such an event is also…

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Why I Continue to Hate the Human Race

Originally posted on gettingonmysoapbox:

Satao

These  brutal and graphic photos (sorry) need no explanation.  The most iconic of African elephants, Satao — with tusks so long that even this beautiful, sentient being knew his life was in danger because of his ivory (he’d hide his face in bushes around humans) — was killed with poison darts and then had his face sheared off with a fucking CHAINSAW!

I fucking blame the Asians who buy the ivory. I hate the middlemen killers, who MAY be poor and looking for a way to support their family (doubt it), and I hate the radical militiamen, some of whom may use the money to fund their rebel activities elsewhere (and god knows what else).  And I hate Kenya and the other South African countries for not doing more to save these creatures.

Give me a gun, a place to stay and I’ll be the lone, white ranger — out to kill…

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A Post worth Re-Posting: “Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavory”

Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist, Former VP of Citibank, Makes Blazing Animal Rights Speech

Philip Wollen shakes the rafters of the auditorium with this 10-minute speech to the St James Ethics Centre and the Wheeler Centre debate in Australia on May 16, 2012. The larger debate consists of six speakers, three that make the case for getting animals off the menu and three that make the case against it. Wollen is a former VP of Citibank and Australian philanthropist who is known to keep out of the limelight. But he sure rose to the challenge for this debate to deliver a huge performance and a powerful message. Bravo!

Join Philip Wollen and the Kindness Trust on their Facebook page. Watch the full debate with all six speakers.

This is the transcript to the speech:

On behalf of St James Ethics Centre, the Wheeler Centre,
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Age
The City of Melbourne and the ABC
All of whom have worked together to make this event possible
I would like to welcome
Philip Wollen

((Applause))

King Lear, late at night on the cliffs asks the blind Earl of Gloucester “How do you see the world?”

And the blind man Gloucester replies “I see it feelingly”.

Shouldn’t we all?

Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in the slaughterhouse, in crates, and cages. Vile ignoble gulags of despair.
I heard the screams of my dying father as his body was ravaged by the cancer that killed him. And I realised I had heard these screams before.
In the slaughterhouse, eyes stabbed out and tendons slashed, on the cattle ships to the Middle East and the dying mother whale as a Japanese harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf.
Their cries were the cries of my father.
I discovered when we suffer, we suffer as equals.
And in their capacity to suffer, a dog is a pig is a bear. . . . . . is a boy.
Meat is the new asbestos – more murderous than tobacco.

CO2, Methane, and Nitrous Oxide from the livestock industry are killing our oceans with acidic, hypoxic Dead Zones.
90% of small fish are ground into pellets to feed livestock.
Vegetarian cows are now the world’s largest ocean predator.
The oceans are dying in our time. By 2048 all our fisheries will be dead. The lungs and the arteries of the earth.
Billions of bouncy little chicks are ground up alive simply because they are male.
Only 100 billion people have ever lived. 7 billion alive today. And we torture and kill 2 billion animals every week.
10,000 entire species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one species.
We are now facing the 6th mass extinction in cosmological history.
If any other organism did this a biologist would call it a virus.
It is a crime against humanity of unimaginable proportions.
The world has changed.
10 years ago Twitter was a bird sound, www was a stuck keyboard, Cloud was in the sky, 4 g was a parking place, Google was a baby burp, Skype was a typo and Al Kider was my plumber.
Victor Hugo said “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come”.

Animal Rights is now the greatest Social Justice issue since the abolition of slavery.
There are over 600 million vegetarians in the world.
That is bigger than the US, England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia combined! If we were one nation we would be bigger than the 27 countries in the European Union!!
Despite this massive footprint, we are still drowned out by the raucous huntin’, shootin’, killin’ cartels who believe that violence is the answer – when it shouldn’t even be a question.
Meat is a killing industry – animals, us and our economies.
Medicare has already bankrupted the US. They will need $8 trillion invested in Treasury bills just to pay the interest. It has precisely zero!!
They could shut every school, army, navy, air force, and Marines, the FBI and CIA – and they still won’t be able to pay for it.
Cornell and Harvard say’s that the optimum amount of meat for a healthy diet is precisely ZERO.
Water is the new oil. Nations will soon be going to war for it.
Underground aquifers that took millions of years to fill are running dry.
It takes 50,000 litres of water to produce one kilo of beef.
1 billion people today are hungry. 20 million people will die from malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% will feed 100 million people. Eliminating meat will end starvation forever.

If everyone ate a Western diet, we would need 2 Planet Earths to feed them. We only have one. And she is dying.
Greenhouse gas from livestock is 50% more than transport . . . . . planes, trains, trucks, cars, and ships.
Poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to livestock. So we can eat a steak? Am I the only one who sees this as a crime? Every morsel of meat we eat is slapping the tear-stained face of a starving child. When I look into her eyes, should I be silent?
The earth can produce enough for everyone’s need. But not enough for everyone’s greed.
We are facing the perfect storm.
If any nation had developed weapons that could wreak such havoc on the planet, we would launch a pre-emptive military strike and bomb it into the Bronze Age.
But it is not a rogue state. It is an industry.
The good news is we don’t have to bomb it. We can just stop buying it.
George Bush was wrong. The Axis of Evil doesn’t run through Iraq, or Iran or North Korea. It runs through our dining tables. Weapons of Mass Destruction are our knives and forks.

This is the Swiss Army Knife of the future – it solves our environmental, water, health problems and ends cruelty forever.
The Stone Age didn’t end because we ran out of stones. This cruel industry will end because we run out of excuses.
Meat is like 1 and 2 cent coins. It costs more to make than it is worth.
And farmers are the ones with the most to gain. Farming won’t end. It would boom. Only the product line would change. Farmers would make so much money they wouldn’t even bother counting it.
Governments will love us. New industries would emerge and flourish. Health insurance premiums would plummet. Hospital waiting lists would disappear.
Hell “We’d be so healthy; we’d have to shoot someone just to start a cemetery!”
So tonight I have 2 Challenges for the opposition:
1. Meat causes a wide range of cancers and heart disease. Will they name one disease caused by a vegetarian diet?
2. I am funding the Earthlings trilogy. If the opposition is so sure of their ground, I challenge them to send the Earthlings DVD to all their colleagues and customers. Go on I DARE YOU.
Animals are not just other species. They are other nations. And we murder them at our peril.

The peace map is drawn on a menu. Peace is not just the absence of war. It is the presence of Justice.
Justice must be blind to race, colour, religion or species. If she is not blind, she will be a weapon of terror. And there is unimaginable terror in those ghastly Guantanamos.
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we wouldn’t need this debate.
I believe another world is possible.
On a quiet night, I can hear her breathing.
Let’s get the animals off the menu and out of these torture chambers.
Please vote tonight for those who have no voice.
Thank you.

- See more at: http://freefromharm.org/videos/educational-inspiring-talks/philip-wollen-australian-philanthropist-former-vp-of-citibank-makes-blazing-animal-rights-speech/#sthash.X6YZ87At.dpuf

12 Egg Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know ~ Free From Harm

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Consider the following 12 egg facts, most of which are common to all forms of egg farming:

1. The global egg industry destroys 6,000,000,000 healthy newborn male chicks every year. (1)

2. Male chicks born to egg-laying hens can not lay eggs, and are not the breed used for meat. Therefore, they are worthless to the egg industry.

3. Eggs sold under organic, free-range, and humane labels, and even chicks sold to backyard chicken keepers, also have their origins in these killing hatcheries. (2)

4. Newborn chicks are more intelligent, alert, and aware of their environment than human toddlers, according to recent scientific studies. (3) In fact, many traits that were previously thought to be exclusive to human / primate communication, cognition and social behavior have now been discovered in chickens.

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5. Female chicks are sent to egg farms, where, due to decades of genetic manipulation and selective breeding, they produce 250 to 300 eggs per year. In nature, wild hens lay only 10 to 15 eggs annually. (4,5) Like all birds, they lay eggs only during breeding season and only for the purpose of reproducing.

6. This unnaturally high rate of egg-laying results in frequent disease and mortality.

7. 95% of all egg-laying hens in the U.S. – nearly 300 million birds – spend their lives in battery cages so small they cannot even stretch their wings. (6) Packed in at 5–10 birds per cage, they can only stand or crouch on the cages’ hard wires, which cut their feet painfully. In these maddening conditions, hens will peck one another from stress, causing injury and even death.

8. Rather than give them more room, farmers cut off a portion of their sensitive beaks without painkiller. A chicken’s beak is loaded with nerve endings, more sensitive than a human fingertip. Many birds die of shock on the spot.

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9. Most hens on “cage-free” or “free range” operations are also debeaked, as these labels allow producers to confine thousands of birds inside crowded sheds. (7)

10. In a natural environment, chickens can live 10 to 15 years, but chickens bred for egg-laying are slaughtered, gassed or even thrown live onto “dead piles” at just 12 to 18 months when their egg production declines. (8)

11. During transport, chickens are roughly stuffed into crates and suffer broken legs and wings, lacerations, hemorrhage, dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia, and heart failure; millions die before reaching the slaughterhouse. (9)

- See more at: http://freefromharm.org/eggfacts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreeFromHarm+%28Free+from+Harm%29#sthash.J0WjN9KA.dpuf

Pay to Play

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

There are two sides to every story, and two sides to the lives of animals in the tourism industry. Many of the baby animals we find so irresistibly adorable and pettable, live a life or torment.

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This is the canned hunting industry.

The opportunity to pet, hold, bottle feed, and play with cute orphan lion cubs sounds irresistible to animal lovers.

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Farmed cubs often show signs of stress like hair falling out and diarrhea.

Well-meaning visitors pay big bucks for the privilege of “helping rear motherless cubs.”  Many of these people are led to believe they are playing a part in conservation efforts, that these little tykes will live to be returned to the savanna one day.

But the reality is much darker. Shortly after birth, the babies are taken from their mothers, causing extreme stress to the cubs and the mother alike. This is done to facilitate immediate breeding again for…

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Only the Monkey Should Decide What to Play

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

Photo: iStock.com/micha klootwijk

Photo: iStock.com/micha klootwijk

Students always have been ready for some fun. But torturing nonhuman beings should  get them expelled.

Whistleblower Reveals Abuse at Ivy League University

PETA has received evidence that staff at a Princeton University laboratory recently placed at least one marmoset in a plastic exercise ball designed for ferrets and rolled the ball through the corridors to torment the terrified monkey for their own amusement. This laboratory has received more than $2.3 million in taxpayer money from the National Institutes of Health since 2007. Please tell Princeton to release these monkeys to an accredited sanctuary.”

Please sign the petition here:

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5543

Thank you.

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These Animal Rescues Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity VIDEO | One Green Planet

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

dog is drowning. A severely injured kitten. A whale tangled in a net. What would you do if you saw an animal in distress? Chances are, if you have even an ounce of compassion for living creatures, you will do something to help. Some people will call for help, some will do nothing, but others don’t think twice about rushing in to help. Firefighters are prime examples of the type of people who go toward danger instead of away and they will do everything in their power to rescue people and animals from all sorts of life threatening situations, even knowing their lives could be at risk.

In this video, you will watch a compilation of animal rescues (and one man needing help) collected from all over the world. Your faith in humanity will be restored as you witness heartwarming endings to animal rescues

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INTERNATIONAL “GLOBAL” TIGER DAY ~ JULY 29/2014 – FREEDOM ~ For Tony the Tiger

Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":


There are more Captive Tigers in the USA then there are in the wild….
On “this” day and everyday please support those trying to save the Remaining wild tigers that are left, and please support those trying to control the number of tigers that are kept at gas stations and backyards as pets…
Please never stop “Roaring for this iconic
species”…

Thank you ,

FREEDOM~For Tony the Tiger

“Animals do have a voice. If you ignore their suffering, I will remind you of it. If you don’t understand them, I will translate. If you don’t hear them, I will be their voice. You may silence them but you cannot silence me as long as I live.” ~ Anita Mahdessian

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Action Alert: Please Help Free Arturo the Polar Bear

Originally posted on Fighting for Hope's Blog:

Please sign the petition to free Arturo the polar bear:

“Two years ago, Arturo’s long-time companion, a polar bear named Pelusa, died and he has since had not contact with other bears. In fact, Arturo is displaying many signs of depression and “abnormal behaviour,” baring his teeth while pacing and rocking from side to side.

On top of this, Arturo is living in extreme heat in Argentina. He has no opportunities to act as a normal polar bear and his only access to water is a pool 50cms deep. There is a real risk of death from hyperthermia for Arturo.”

Thank you.

Free Arturo, Argentina's Only Polar Bear, From Living Hell!

Free Arturo, Argentina’s Only Polar Bear, From Living Hell!

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FōMū

Get it?

Faux moo.

As in, not real ice cream.

Dudes!

I am so over the moon right now that I had meant to publish this post last night but the evening got away from me.

FōMū is finally available at Whole Foods Paycheck.

Can I get a woot!

Yo Dudes!

Like for real. FōMū is made right here in my hometown, good ole Bahston, Massachusetts!  The founders of FōMū had, at one time, assured me that their products will be available in Whole Foods and they weren’t leading me astray.

Yesterday, while shopping at WF I decided to check the frozen dessert section and there it was, right there yo! Right there before my bleary eyes Fō(fucking)Mū.

I danced a little jig right there in the aisle.  I did. I swear it.

Good people of the Blogosphere, if you have never tried FōMū, then you must…

Right now.

G’head…

I’ll wait…

Go!

For those of you who reside on the West Coast, I do not know if FōMū has made its way out to your ‘hood, you know, out there in the Cal-zone where everything is cheese-y, but keep an eye out because you must try this.

FōMū is so fuckingfantastic that it makes all other alternative ice creams look like sludge. As in Boston Harbor Dirty Water Sludge. Yos!

Do you want to know what makes this product even more fantastic than it already is?

NO ANIMALS WERE EXPLOITED IN THE MAKING OF IT.  NONE. ZIP. ZILCH.

AND…

UNLIKE REAL ICE CREAM, THIS SHIT WON’T CLOG YOUR ARTERIES OR KILL YOU!

I dare any non-vegan to challenge that.

The Vegan diet doesn’t exploit or kill.

It also doesn’t harm the human body.

Hey naysayers, suck on that!

LOL!

Where was I?

Oh, right.

What’s that you say? You’re not a vegan?

Well not to worry.

Vegans and Non-Vegans alike will looooooooove this product.

I assure you.

If you feed this goodness to your family or friends, they will not know it is vegan.

Trust. Me.

That’s it, yos.

:-)

p.s. I ate the entire pint of the flavor you see above. It was so damn good I just couldn’t stop.

 

Kidnapped! – Julia’s Story

Originally posted on Honk If You're Vegan:

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Julia Styles was kidnapped as a toddler. Although her basic needs were met, her life was lonely and sad. She was kept locked in a tiny room and wasn’t allowed to do the normal things kids do like make friends, play outside or go to school.

Once Julia reached puberty, her life got worse. She was raped and got pregnant. When she had her baby, she felt immeasurable love for him. For two days she cared for her baby, but then her captors took him away from her. Despite her plea’s, Julia never saw her son again.

Not long after this, Julia was raped again. She had a second child who was also taken from her. Then within months, she was raped yet again. This happened many more times causing immense physical and emotional strain on Julia.

By the time she was 28, Julia looked like an old woman. The physical trauma of her poor…

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The Real Face of Poaching

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

What exactly is a poacher? A person who kills animals (more often endangered one) and sells them, or their parts for profit. Correct? So, what does this poacher look like? In your mind who is a poacher? If you’re imagining the quintessential pith helmet wearing, rifle clad “Van Pelt” figure, you probably want to think again.

The WWF launched an incredible campaign to break down the definition of what a poacher is. People tend to distance themselves from the crime if they weren’t directly responsible for the “dirty work,” but the wildlife trade wouldn’t exist if we all took on some responsibility and stopped participating.

When you consider the number of exotic animal “delicacies” that appear on menus across the world (don’t think the U.S. is exempt here) and look at the people who made that dish appear before you, that is a poacher.

WWF Shows Us the Real Face of Poaching, the Outcome Will Shock YouWhen you purchase a brand…

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‘Nothing more than a thrill kill’: Humane Society asks Cleburne’s Kendall Jones to stop her big-game hunting

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

It’s official: For now, at least, 19-year-old Kendall Jones is The Most Famous Big-Game Hunter in the World … if, that is, we’re going by Huffington Post, FOX News, The Independent in England, every local TV station and, oh, that email I received this morning from a Norwegian journalist wanting to know how to reach the Cleburne teen who’s a Texas Tech cheerleader when she’s not hunting in Africa. Pictures of Jones and her trophies are no doubt filling your Facebook feed as you read this.

And now there’s this: The Humane Society of the United States just sent The Dallas Morning News a statement about Jones, who made her bow in the Cleburne paper Sunday before becoming an Overnight International Sensation. The missive came bearing the subject line “Statement on Texas Cheerleader Hunting Controversy.” And in it, the Humane Society’s vice president for wildlife protection, Nicole…

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Recipes to Make You Say, “YES!” to Vegan Cheese

Originally posted on Honk If You're Vegan:

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My mom, my blogger friend, Mike, and countless others have told me that they can’t go vegan because they could never give up cheese. I get where they’re coming from – I was there. I found, however; that giving up cheese was easier than I imagined it would be. Sure, it was hard at first, but once I discovered how to make wonderful sauces, cheese-free pizzas and other cheese replacements it was a cinch (and delicious too!).

I’ve been perfectly content without cheese, but a few weeks ago my sister mentioned that a vegan cheese shop, Peace Cheese, opened up in San Diego. I thought this was strange because I didn’t think it was possible to make really good vegan cheese. Online, however; their cheeses – like Cashew Glow and Pumpkin Sun – looked tasty.

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“Pumpkin Sun” – Vegan Cheese Alternative to mild Cheddar by PeaceCheese

I have yet…

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