No Empathy? Sign Up for Torture Studies at a University

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker

Photo: Dr. Ruth Decker

Update: Please sign the petition on change.org by Dr. Ruth Decker, thank you!

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-wisconsin-cancel-the-unethical-torture-and-killing-of-baby-monkeys

For those planning to work under such conditions as described in the following articles, it might seem natural to never express any kind of empathy. For other sentient beings knowingly administering pain to a living being feels torturous at both ends. Many experiments have been going on for centuries and no essentially new findings have come about in any recent experiments.

“Scientists at the University of Wisconsin plan to torture defenseless baby monkeys for cruel psychiatric experimentation. Newborn rhesus macaque monkeys will be traumatically torn away from their mothers and then sent into solitary confinement without nurturing. There, the isolated monkeys will be subjected to various threatening maneuvers and stimuli including live large king snakes all intended to terrorize the infants. The baby monkeys are killed by the age of two and their…

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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

Originally posted on Our Compass:



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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research…

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‘No-Kill’ Label Slowly Killing Animals | PETA

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

When “no-kill” animal shelters and rescue groups are filled to capacity, which is almost always, they are left with two options: turn away more animals than they take in or warehouse animals, often in substandard, filthy, and severely crowded conditions, for weeks, months, or even years on end. Most, if not all, of the animals who are turned away from such facilities still face untimely deaths—just not at these facilities.

Instead they are cruelly killed by people who don’t want them, are dumped on roadsides and left to die from starvation or being hit by a car, or spend their short lives homeless, unwanted, and producing more litters of animals for whom no homes exist.

The lucky ones are taken to well-run open-admission animal shelters, where they either find a well-screened, permanent home or are painlessly euthanized in the arms of professionally trained, compassionate people. Here are some of…

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Killing Wolves

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Earth Island Journal Stands Up For Wolves

Earth Island Journal Stands Up For Wolves

Summer is almost over and instead of wolves being allowed to raise their young pups in peace they’re being subjected to pain, suffering and death because wolf hunting season is upon them once more.  This will be the fourth wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, there would have been five but Judge Molloy relisted wolves in the Northern Rockies in 2010, stopping the fall hunt. It was a short-lived victory because Senate Democrats passed a wolf delisting rider (with no judicial review) in the Spring of 2011. The rider was sneakily tacked onto a budget bill and all Democrat Senators, save three, voted for it. Obama signed it into law, effectively ending the ability of advocates to fight the delisting in court.

Here are the links to  fish and game agencies who promote and profit off the killing of wolves for sport.  The Idaho…

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Originally posted on Great Cats of the "World":

LOOK AT THE NAMES.
REMEMBER THE NAMES.
DO NOT SUPPORT ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS TROPHY HUNTING!
THIS IS WHY IT IS SO HARD TO STOP THIS….BECAUSE OF THE EVIL THAT IS HIDING BEHIND THESE NAMES..
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So very sad to see respected conservationists supporting the slaughter of Africa’s wildlife. It makes sense when you see where a lot of their funding comes from. Much like the US Govt will fail in enforcing gun control in the USA because of lobbying by vested interests such as the NRA (and the US firearms & weapons industry.)

“Research shows that hunting male lions at least five years of age has no negative effect on populations,” said Ben Carter, Dallas Safari Club executive director. “We adopted a six-year rule because we recognize the difficulties in judging age, especially…

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One Dogs Life In Mexico City

Originally posted on One Person, One World.:

Fresa-the-DogMeet Fresa, she is a 5-year old dog living in a shelter in Mexico city. She was found wandering the streets and rescued after the previous owner decided to get rid of her and hacked off half her snout with a machete. Unable to breathe some neighbours took her to Santuario Milagros Caninos shelter in the Mexican capital where the Surgeon Jesus Paredes performed a 3 hour emergency surgery. He helped her to breathe again through her trashed nostrils, removed her protruding jaw and reconstructed her lips with flaps of skin and mucous so she can drink and feed. Fresa-the-Dog (2)

1409816851155_wps_5_Fresa_5_drinks_water_insiShe is now recovering at the shelter and are said to be doing really well thank’s to the kindness of strangers and a brilliant surgeon. And did you know that her name means Strawberry in English? Fresa-the-Dog (1)
Photos are from Reuters.

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Scratch a Fundamentalist Christian and You’ll Find an Islamic Extremist

Originally posted on Woodgate's View:

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At first glance this photo may come across as someone of the “radical Islam” persuasion.  You wouldn’t be too far off the mark in thinking this.

Sadly it’s just Phil Robertson of the Duck Dynasty reality TV show on A&E gaining  a bit more notoriety for saying small-minded stuff that essentially makes him no better than the Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Talking to Sean Hannity on the FOX network, Roberston said, referring to radical Islam, that “you either have to convert them … or kill them”.

The convert or die ultimatum has for the most part been the cry of extremists within the Islamic faith, by so-called jihadists who take passages from the Quran to a literal state that many Muslims do not agree with.

The horrible executions of American journalists recently by ISIS is unsettling to say the least and demands that this cruelty be dealt with…

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‘Tipping Point’ for Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

Rhino tipping point

What does this mean? The rate of rhino deaths has surpassed the rate of births.

Poaching and hunting of rhinos has been going on for years. But the difference now is the pace has accelerated to a dangerous level. With deaths outweighing births, it puts their species just a few short years away from extinction.Rhino hourglass

It is no exaggeration to say 2014 must be the year the world collectively takes action to stop the poaching and trafficking. This doesn’t mean we can’t, it means we have to; a serious shift in momentum is necessary.

There is reason to remain optimistic.

Rhinos Without Borders has committed to moving 100 rhinos from existing high density populations in South Africa, and releasing them into the wild in various parts of Botswana, a country with traditionally low rhino densities and stringent anti-poaching measures.

The Rhino Rescue Project who started infusing horns with toxins is still a very…

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The Will to Change

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Stephen Capra

It’s ironic in so many ways; we live in a time where the earth as we know it is literally crying out in pain. The pain which comes from a human race at war with nature, a place that once was such a part of people’s lives is now something that stands in the way of profits, lifestyles beyond measure, and helps to define a world lacking in love and in need of therapy. For nature is perhaps our best reflection of love on earth.

It is not that it cannot be cruel or unforgiving; it is that in its purest form, it perfectly reflects harmony, life, evolution and beauty. Nothing synthesizes wild nature more than the wolf. It is the perdurable life force which reveals that nature is alive!

Today we confront not just ranchers, who since their first steps in the new world have killed, trapped…

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Originally posted on Fight for Rhinos:

DeathThink it’s not your problem?

Poaching is killing our planet.

Each year over 35,000 elephants and 1000 rhinos are slaughtered. Poaching has become a pandemic; animals are killed in Africa, India, Asia…and demand for their parts spans across the globe. If we don’t act NOW, we will lose them all within a few short years.

We must restore the balance.

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Funeral of a ranger after eight were killed in Virunga National Park.

Poaching is killing people. 

Each year poachers AND rangers are killed in the line of fire. People are also killed and hurt from terrorist attacks fundedby poaching. From the Westgate Mall attack to the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls, to the loss of lives during the 9/11 attacks in New York.

We must stop the blood flow.

As devastating as this is, there is hope. The good news is that YOU can do something about it. Yes, YOU!…

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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

male chicks egg facts

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.

Captive lion cub 2

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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