I’m not a big fan of most “vegan documentaries” containing animal rights messages that are ACTUALLY just about health and diet focusing on the personal benefits of veg eating. I do not recommend such documentaries to those interested in veganism as a movement (e.g. Forks Over Knives, Vegucated, Food Matters, Hungry For Change, or even Food Inc.) because while that view of health may be important to you, it has nothing to do with animal rights. Neither are they entirely neutral in their intent: mentally damaging weight loss culture wrapped up in “You’ll be helping animals” packaging is not good for you.
A media backed diet is nothing more than a product being marketed to you after you have been told there is something wrong with you that needs to be fixed. A wholly fair and equal movement (which is what veganism attempts to be) wants nothing to do with this sort of shame-for-profit tactic.
A few documentaries I would recommend for those actively interested in participating in a global movement (for animals, environmental concern, and human rights interests) are Making The Connection, Earthlings, and Peaceable Kingdom. The first two are available online for free.
URGENT - via Andrew Kirschner - The Holley New York Fire Department is holding a squirrel killing contest known as ‘Squirrel Slam’, a competition for children and their parents to senselessly shoot squirrels. Cash prizes will be will be awarded for… the biggest dead squirrels. I called the Fire Department at (585) 638-6884 to express my disapproval. I politely explained that this is not the image children should have of a fire department and suggested that rather than holding a competition to kill animals, they should host an event to raise money to save animals since they are in the business of saving lives. I encourage you to call as well. Thank you.
The event is scheduled for February 16th. There is still time to stop it.
UPDATE: I just spoke with Holley, NY Fire Chief Hendrickson. He encouraged everyone to send an email via their website. He assured me the Board is reviewing all emails as they receive a CC. He told me they will consider not hosting the event depending on public feedback or not holding it again in the future. Please send an email via the link below: http://www.holleyfire.com/contact.html
Event contacts: Dennis Bauer (585) 794-3744
Wayne Moyer (585) 659-8063
Tina Reed (585) 331-3040
HOLLEY FIRE DEPT- Telephone: (585) 638-6884 Fax: (585) 638-6933
- Target: American Veterinary Medical Association
- Sponsored by: Alicia Graef
“The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has historically sanctioned the cutting of vocal cords to mask a dog’s or cat’s voice, called devocalization (inaccurately referred to as “debarking” or “bark softening”). And is a green light to vets, pet owners, breeders and even laboratories that test on dogs to continue a practice humane veterinarians say is always cruel, always dangerous.
Devocalization exposes dogs and cats to great risks, from chronic coughing and gagging to a terrifying death from choking. Scar tissue can make it difficult to breath. Some inhale vomit, food or liquid into their lungs because their larynx has been damaged by this needless surgery.
Despite public outcry against this cruel practice, on January 6, 2013, the AVMA voted to continue sanctioning devocalization as a so-called “final alternative” to euthanasia. That is absurd. Both killing a healthy animal and cutting healthy tissue as behavioral intervention are unethical.
No vet can possibly know, and some won’t ask, if an owner has pursued all other options. Cutting an animal’s vocal cords is easier for lazy or impatient owners and profitable for vets. Only the animal suffers. It ensures dogs and cats will continue to be mutilated for the “crime” of excessive communicating (which can for the most part be remedied by working with a competent trainer.
For more information, visit the Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets. “
Dr. Kathy Gaughan, assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, points out that “the surgery stops the barking, but it doesn’t address why the dog was barking in the first place.” -Debarking surgery won’t take away dog’s motivation to bark
By signing the National Defense Authorization Act on January 2, President Obama has called for a report of the use of live animals in military training. The military used animals—usually pigs or goats—in combat-trauma training courses that involved injuring the animals (often amputating their limbs shooting them or burning them) so that trainees could practice medical intervention on the victims, as they might an injured soldier on the battlefield. There are numerous non-animal training methods available. This is the first time in history that Congress has passed a bill that seeks to protect animals from being abused in military training exercises.
Update: The military will need to provide Congress with a report on how they are used, and provide a timeline for the phase out of animals’ use.
WWF’s initiative is a build-out of previous systems used to stop the illegal hunting of endangered species. One of those was the installation of a GPS-tracking chip into the horns of endangered rhinos. The chip was linked to a specially-programmed cellphone, sending alerts depending on what the animal was doing and where it was moving.
vegasmoklaw7:Honestly, what’s the point of even being alive if all you are is an abomination to the human race? Vegans choose to spit in God’s face by choosing not to eat what He designated them to. Humans were MADE for the consumption of meat. It’s just the way it is, and if some stupid athiest vegans want to be blasphemous, by all means continue and enjoy burning in Hell.Vegetarians are no better
By the way (heres a little bible lesson from a pagan who knows more about your religion than you do)
On the first page of the bible, God tells Adam and Eve: (Genesis 1:29) Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Every November, during the certain holiday people love so much, people take a dead turkey, open up the dead turkey’s ass, or carve out a really big hole in their ass, take some stuffing and shove it inside their dead empty ass, and use the little dead ass as an oven to bake some bread. Somebody else’s dead empty bacteria-laden ass to make bread? Ass bread?! And people think vegans are weird? Because we eat tofu? And rice, and beans, and lentils?
Rather than rant about how much I dislike Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share some facts about turkeys.
1 Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. On the ground they can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour. Domesticated turkeys usually weigh too much to be able to fly. Their weight is about twice the weight of a wild turkey.
- 2 The bare skin on the Turkey’s throat and head can change color in seconds from flat gray to shades of red, white and blue when the turkey becomes distressed or excited.
3 Wild turkeys have dark feathers which help them blend in with their habitats. Domesticated turkeys have been bred to have white feathers.
4 Turkeys have great hearing , but no external ears. They have a field of vision of about 270 degrees and are able to see in color. They can see movement almost a hundred yards away. They don’t see well at night.
5 Turkeys are not stupid. Turkey have a large vocabulary. Wild Turkeys have been found to have twenty distinct and specific vocalizations. They recognize one another by their voices as well as their head characteristics. To turkeys the voices of other turkeys are unique and recognizable.Turkeys are social animals. They enjoy the company of other creatures, including humans. They love having their feathers stroked.
6 Turkeys have a lifespan of up to 10 years, but on factory farms they are slaughtered when they’re just 5 months old. Over 40 million turkeys are killed for Thanksgiving dinner every year.
Please consider a turkey-free or tofurkey Thanksgiving this year
- The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle. Turkeys also have a long, red, fleshy area that grows from the forehead over the bill called a snood. This is not to be confused with the highly addictive computer game with the same name.
- Turkeys can have heart attacks. During U.S. Air Force test runs in breaking the sound barrier, nearby turkeys dropped dead from sudden cardiac arrest.
- The ballroom dance the “turkey trot” was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.
- Benjamin Franklin disapproved of the selection of the Bald Eagle as our national bird, calling it “a Bird of bad moral Character.” He much preferred the Wild Turkey, saying, “For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America… He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.” -http://10000birds.com/turkeyfacts.htm
Freeganism is a selfish belief that in order for an animal’s death to not “be in vain” or for the products of their deaths to not “go to waste”, it must in some way benefit a human animal. The two excuses for freegan omnivory I hear the most are, “If that food goes to waste, the animal’s death was in vain,” and, “I’d rather see that food eaten than go to waste.” This is all bullshit because the human being eating it does not give the animals’ torture and subsequent death meaning. A funeral would be a more appropriate way to give meaning to an animal’s death.
Cane sugar is often whitened using charcoal from the bones of cows.
HOW MUCH BONE CHAR IS USED?
Paul Caulkins, the Corporate Quality Assurance Manager of Imperial/Savannah Foods, said that little bone char can be obtained from a single cow “since only the dense bones of the animal, such as the pelvic bones, can be used.” After checking with his suppliers, Caulkins informed us that “one cow averages 82 pounds of total bone. About one-fourth to one-fifth of the total weight (between 17 and 20 pounds per animal) is the load-bearing bone used for char (due to its strength). Since our yield conversion to char from that is approx- imately 50 percent, on average, one cow will produce nine pounds of bone char.”
Sugar companies purchase large quantities of bone char for large commercial filter columns often measure 10 to 40 feet high and five to 20 feet wide. Each column, which can filter 30 gallons of sugar per minute for 120 hours at a time, may hold 70,000 pounds of char. If nine pounds of char is produced by one cow and 70,000 pounds are needed to fill a column, a simple math calculation reveals that the bones of almost 7,800 cattle are needed to produce the bone char for one commercial sugar filter. Furthermore, each refining plant may have several large filter columns.
—The following are all bone-char free:
- beet sugar
*Organic evaporated cane juice
*Organic dehydrated cane juice
* Organic cane sugar
All USDA organic sugar is vegan because bone char is not an allowed processing/refining agent.
“Brown sugar” is actually just white sugar that has had coloring and flavoring (molasses) added to it after it already had its natural brown coloring removed. The majority of commercial fructose on the market is derived from corn or beet source (both of which are fine). Dextrose is derived from corn as well. vegansofig—
*According to Carol J Adams in “Living Among Meat-Eaters”, 2001*
The vegan has adopted this lifestyle because of a driving personality trait of self-discipline.
Therefore: Although their lifestyle is something to be admired, it is obviously something too hard for the average person to do.
- The vegan has adopted this lifestyle out of a driving force of self-denial. They are viewed as someone who wants to experience no joy, and wishes the same for others.
- Therefore: The real reason for why they want others to adopt the vegan lifestyle is because they want everyone to life a humourless, pleasureless life. Vegan food obviously cannot be as enjoyable as meat.
The Bambi Vegetarian
- The vegan has adopted this lifestyle out of an “irrational” (in comparison to society’s apathetic values) love for animals. Their emotion is misplaced and immature.
- Therefore: The real “grown-ups” eat meat, as that is the way life goes. Male-identified vegans are often put in this category and are assumed to be feminine, or gay, because of their “immature, woman-like” emotions. Within this logic exists sexist thoughts of veganism being more appropriate for women because they already have “out-of -control” feelings. (An example of how feminism and animal rights overlap)
- The vegan enjoys being weird and living in ways which alienate them from society. That is their true motivation.
- Therefore: Any “normal” person, who enjoys social interaction, could not possibly go vegan.
The Holier-Than-Thou Vegan
- The vegan is overly angry about the injustices inflicted upon nonhumans, the planet, and our own species. They believe that they are godlike and have the power to make others feel guilty.
- Therefore: Any guilt is a result of their attitude, not one’s own moral inconsistencies and so no lifestyle change need be made.
The Phobic Vegan
- The vegan lifestyle is about their weird food habits. Their motivation is shallow.
- Therefore: One does not need to analyse one’s own food habits since the issue rests with the vegan in question, and their food anxieties, nothing more.
Based on which type you (as a vegan) have been placed into, one can assess what main concern a meat-eater has about possibly adopting a vegan diet….