The Fate of Human Decency is on Your Plate

Exposing the Big Game

Well, I tried to hold true to my promise to swear off philosophizing, but I come across too many issues that need addressing to stay on that wagon for very long. The latest thing that got me thinking was a Facebook poster that read:

“I went to Subway today to get my favorite sandwich. The guy in front of me ordered a different sub. I was pissed because he didn’t get the same sub as me, even though it didn’t affect me in any way.
“This is what people sound like when they say gay marriage affects them.”

While I get it, and agree with the analogy in that context, I couldn’t help but think about the scenario in a literal sense. Ordering a Veggie Delite (hold the mayo and cheese) at Subway, I find myself getting pissed if the guy in front of me is ordering a Cold-Cut Combo sub…

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All About Bats!

Urban Hermits

As you know, we here at Urban Hermits are fascinated by our fellow creatures. One creature is an important pollinator and the only mammal that can fly (the flying squirrel does not truly fly): the Bat! Unfortunately, loss of habitat as well as a lethal fungal infection known as White-Nose Syndrome have seriously threatened the U.S. population. While some people find bats creepy, they provide benefits to humans by keeping the insect population in check, which I am thankful for during this time of year. Below are some interesting links about bats.

Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center has recently seen a collapse in their bat population due to White-Nose Syndrome. Here are some interesting details about this problem.

Centre Wildlife Rescue in Centre County, PA provides information on rehabbing bats HERE

Finally, BBC Nature has a great article about “giving nature a home”. This includes tips about building…

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I was Nominated for the Liebster Award (again)!

I am honored to say that Girl for Animal Liberation was nominated by News for Animal Welfare for the Liebster Award (Thank you NFAW!).   🙂

Now, to be honest, I’m probably not going to nominate anyone because I am almost 100% certain  (even without fact checking) that every blogger I follow doesn’t qualify for the Liebster because they have mucho followers and have already received this award. Unless, hey, you want me to then I’ll nominate you. Just say the word.   🙂

Liebster Award RULES:

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions made by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
  4. Choose 11 bloggers to pass the award to and mention them in your post.
  5. Go to their blogs and let them know that they have been nominated.

11 Random facts about Girl for Animal Liberation (a.k.a GiRRL_Earth)

  1. The older I get (I’m currently 46) the more Goddamn snarky and cynical I become.  But what do you expect? I wasn’t born this way, mkay?
  2. I think people who harm animals should be executed – no talking your way out of it.
  3. I love-LOVE living alone with my six cats.
  4. I prefer animals to people.
  5. I don’t mind finding cat hair in my food, but Lord help the restaurant if I should find human hair in something I’m eating!!!!
  6. Being a vegan is as natural to me as breathing.
  7. I’m addicted to Breaking Bad (no pun!)
  8. I lost 11 lbs just by giving up oil in my diet (and yes that includes: Olive Oil!).
  9. My favorite movie is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
  10. When I go to bed, I like to spoon with my 22 lb Seal Pointe Siamese cat named Seti
  11. I think people who lie and deceive should be drawn and quartered! And I’m not talking about the kind of lies like, “Does this dress make me look fat?” and you lie and say, “No.” I’m talking big-time lies like who you are. What you’re doing. Where you grew up. Etc… lies that are so egregious, they are unforgivable and text book pathological.  As in Pathological Narcissistic.  
  12. BONUS:  I wish the world would come to an end so I can start smoking again.

Questions from NFAW:

  1. What is your favourite childhood memory?  I don’t have one. I’m trying to block those years out. 
  2. What is your inspiration behind your blog? The inspiration came after a health crises — two major fucking surgeries in one year I decided it’s time to rid my body and home of anything unnatural. Initially I started blogging about living green until I realized I needed to be the voice of the voiceless. 
  3. If you had 1 million dollars what would you do with it? Pay off my mortgage, buy a small house for my mom and invest the rest and then donate some of the return to various animal welfare organizations. 
  4. What is the one piece of advice you would, or have given your children? I don’t have children.  My advice? DON’T HAVE CHILDREN. 
  5. What is your favourite book?  I don’t have a favorite.  I have read and loved countless books over the years (and no, the Bible is not one of them).
  6. If you had one wish what would it be?  For a pandemic that wipes out all of mankind but spares the animals. 
  7. Where is your favourite place? My home – I am a complete and utter unabashed homebody.
  8. What is something amazing you have seen on a blog? Too many to list. I have been inspired, saddened, encouraged, as well as had some serious belly aching laughs over some of the blogs I follow.     🙂
  9. What do you hope to achieve by writing your blog? To open people’s eyes and make them aware of the egregious acts taking place towards animals and to show them they have other choices.
  10. If you had the opportunity to go into space, would you? HELL NO!
  11. What is your favourite song on your iPod right now? You mean my iPhone? A meditation my life coach made for me.  I use it twice daily in conjunction with my Mindfulness App.

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Gagged by Big Ag: How Exposing Abuse Became a Crime

Earth First! Newswire

Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is…exposing it?

by Ted Genoways / Mother Jones

Shawn Lyons was dead to rights—and he knew it. More than a month had passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had released a video of savage mistreatment at the MowMar Farms hog confinement facility where he worked as an entry-level herdsman in the breeding room. The three enormous sow barns in rural Greene County, Iowa, were less than five years old and, until recently, had raised few concerns. They seemed well ventilated and well supplied with water from giant holding tanks. Their tightly tacked steel siding always gleamed white in the sun. But the PETA hidden-camera footage shot by two undercover activists over a period of months in the summer of 2008, following up on a tip from a former employee, showed a harsh reality concealed inside.

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A Bouquet of Special Awards

I was nominated by Ajaytao for the Bouquet of Special Awards.  Thank you Ajaytao!

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There is just 1 rule, when you pass the award on, please share some kind words with that person.

A long time ago, a friend gave me this bit of wisdom and I have never forgotten it.  It is was something that gave him strength during his divorce and I would like to share it with all of you today:

My wise friend said,

” Happiness is not something that can be found in material objects, nor is it a location.  Happiness comes from within. You can either wake up every day, choosing share it, or you can wake up everyday and be miserable, either way, the choice is yours, so what’s it going to be?” 

“Animal shelters are themselves frequently little more than slaughterhouses.” ~Jennifer and Nathan Winograd, Free From Harm

Where Animal Welfare Gets It Wrong: Part I

Happy Meat Market, Chinatown, TorontoAnimal shelters in this country exist for primarily one purpose: to provide a safety-net of care for our nation’s homeless animals. With half of all animals entering our shelters being killed rather than given the new beginning that they not only deserve, but which the No Kill movement has proven unequivocally is possible, to say that most of our animal shelters are failing in their mission is a gross understatement. But the betrayal goes even deeper than the killing, although by far that is the greatest harm. Because in addition to taking the lives of four million animals a year, animal shelters in this country are rife with abuse and neglect as well. Why? Because they kill. Studies of slaughterhouse workers have found that in order to cope with the fact that they are paid to kill day in and day out, self-preservation motivates those workers to devalue animals in order to make what they are doing less morally reprehensible. In other words, the workers make the animals unworthy of any consideration on their behalf. The two most common methods of achieving this are indifference to animal suffering and even intensifying it, becoming sadistic toward the animals. In too many communities, the implications for shelters are frightening: American shelters are themselves frequently little more than slaughterhouses. By its very nature, therefore, shelter killing breeds a lack of compassion and caring for animals. [continue reading]

SOURCE:  Free From Harm

Bill Gates investing in chicken-less eggs

Of Course Vegan

Another move for Bill Gates into the vegan lifestyle: chicken-less eggs. According to reports, the Microsoft mogul is to invest in the growing vegan food industry by putting his money into chicken-less eggs.

Gates is one of the investors behind Hampton Creek‘s egg substitute, Beyond Eggs, and the announcement of his involvement comes after he said the future of food lies in the absence of animal products, or vegan food.

In March, he was citing the exorbitant costs that go into killing and slaughtering animals for their flesh. The blog post penned by Gates is an ideal beginning to a year where fears of food shortages and drought are already beginning to take form. Maybe more prominent figures will follow suit.

“Put simply, there’s no way to produce enough meat for 9 billion people. Yet we can’t ask everyone to become vegetarians. We need more options for producing meat…

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One Man’s Success is Another’s Demise

Exposing the Big Game

Correction: that title should have read, “One Man’s Success is ALL Others’ Demise,” for mankind’s triumph comes at the cost of endangerment, degradation and despoil for every other species. It’s not a simple case of Darwinian “survival of the fittest;” it’s the first and only instance of a single species’ persistence setting off a mass extinction.

Charles Darwin never actually said anything about “survival of the fittest,” (those words were dreamed up by some sensationalizing journalist) Darwin’s thing was natural selection. And anyway, humans can hardly be thought of as the “fittest,” compared to nearly every other species out there. Without technology we’re nothing but bald-bodied, clawless, finless, fleshy, flightless, miniature land sloths—most unimpressive next to every other animal we’ve sent down the road to oblivion.

Yet each cog in the great wheel of life we carelessly cast aside is another nail in our own coffin. Homo sapiens won’t come…

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HSUS Finally Taking Notice of Reckless Wisconsin Wolf Killing Plan URGENT ACTION NEEDED NOW

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

In January of 2012 the United States Fish and Wildlife Services, bowing to pressure from national killing cartels, removed the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in the Western Great Lakes Region. The very day that wolves were officially delisted Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) introduced a very onerous bill in the Wisconsin Legislature that basically declared war on the gray wolf in Wisconsin. The bill allowed wolves to be killed by everything short of artillery, and made Wisconsin the only state in a country full of wolf haters to allow dogs to be pitted against wolves. Following the introduction of this disgusting bill several wildlife advocates, along with myself, attempted contact with representatives of the Humane Society of the United States and Defenders of Wildlife to make them aware of what Wisconsin was attempting to do. Defenders completely blew us off and the HSUS, with the exception of one…

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Animal activists increase protest against Philippines Air over monkeys

Of Course Vegan

The campaign against Philippines Airlines is continuing to move forward. On Tuesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called on its members and fellow animal rights activists to take to Facebook in order to tell the airline that transporting monkeys for medical experimentation was not kosher.

PETA is urging users to go onto the company’s Facebook page and make comments urging the airline to end the transportation of monkeys to almost certain torture and death.

The airline has apparently deleted any negative comments from the page.

“Philippine Airlines continues to ship monkeys to laboratories for use in experiments, even though almost every other major airline has already stopped this cruel practice,” PETA said in a statement sent to its members and followers.

“Philippine Airlines flew 190 pig-tailed macaque monkeys crammed into tiny crates from Indonesia to the Los Angeles International Airport. Once there, the monkeys were transported…

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