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Watch Cowspiracy on Earth Day!

April 13, 2015
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“This #EarthDay, watch Cowspiracy online for just $1 and learn the truth about who’s killing the planet!  #documentary http://thndr.it/1DQueM1

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Wa5rThis Earth Day, we want to make a statement that can’t be ignored. We need as many people as possible to watch our groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”, exposing the most destructive industry facing the planet today.

On April 22nd, let’s share the truth about who is really destroying our planet!

Starting on April 22nd, we will be making the full-length film available on our website for just $1 for one week only. We hope that your friends and followers will take your advice and watch our documentary. Each dollar will go back into funding our work to expose the truth about the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet!

HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:

1. Connect via Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr HERE, and get the word out to your friends and followers to do the same.

2. On April 22nd, watch as everyone’s messages are simultaneously shared, spreading the word about this important documentary.




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Man Lives Alone in a Radioactive Town to Care for the Abandoned Animals

April 6, 2015
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Source Ecorazzi
By Brianne Hogan

Naoto Matsumura has refused to leave the radioactive town of Fukushima, Japan in order to take care of its abandoned animal residents.

Fukushima was evacuated in 2011 after an earthquake and a tsunami caused a radioactive meltdown from its nuclear power plant.

Approximately 30,000 residents left the town, leaving behind their animals, including pets and livestock.

Matsumura, a farmer, had initially fled with his family, but because it was difficult finding adequate accommodations, he decided to return to Fukushima. It was upon his return when he realized the town’s animals had been abandoned and were in need of much-needed care. Animals had starved to death in their barns, or chained up without food or water.

“I had no choice but to stay,” Matsumura told Vice. “I couldn’t leave the animals behind. They needed to be fed.”

Matsumura lives mostly in the exclusion zone, but leaves occasionally to give talks about the suffering of his town, and is able to drum up support for the animals.

Matsumura is also a former construction worker, which came in handy for building and repairing shelters for the animals. Through the support of donations, he spends his day tending and feeding the animals of the land, including bulls, ostriches and kittens.

He says he isn’t afraid of the radiation, although he does purchase food that’s grown outside of Fukushima.

“They told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years,” he said. “I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less.”

Despite the government’s warning him to leave the area, Matsumura has lived there for the past four years, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

“The government is also attempting to have the cattle remaining in the contaminated area slaughtered,” Matsumura said, insisting that the animals are healthy and happy — thanks to him.

“To me animals and people are equal.”

Via BuzzFeed

Photo: Keiko Nasu/Facebook

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100,000 Animals Drowning Every Year in The Plastic We Throw Away

March 30, 2015
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With an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of our oceans, our addiction to plastic is killing countless animals in some of the most horrific ways imaginable.

Considered by many as a threat worse than climate change, in a disturbing new report, leading expert Charles J. Moore, says that plastic is ‘choking our future in ways that most of us are barely aware.’

From takeouts and coffee cups, to toothbrushes and tires, plastic has become an integral part of human existence, but the real problem is where all the plastic that we throw out every day ends up.

Animals are the Victims of Our Throwaway Society

Plastic production has increased by more than 500% in the last 30 years, and with most people not giving a second thought as to what happens after they toss it out, plastic is taking over the ocean and threatening the animals that call it their home.

Huge garbage patches the size of Wales are forming in the world’s oceans, comprised of cigarette lighters, shampoo bottles, yogurt pots, plastic rings from six packs and much more. For hundreds of miles without end, Moore’s research vessel passed plastics of every description. During his trip Moore came across one of the most upsetting scenes he has ever encountered.

“I’ve seen many scenes in my work studying whales, dolphins and marine mammals, both uplifting and disheartening. But one of the saddest was the sight of a young grey seal pup in a colony on the idyllic shores of Cape Cod.

(She) was an otherwise healthy animal — but with a plastic strap looped round (her) neck — the kind you get around a parcel. Slowly but surely, as the animal grew, (her) noose would tighten.

As I looked at the animal, I could foretell (her) painful death, probably from starvation, as the seal became unable to feed.”

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals are dying each year as a result of eating plastic, just like the sperm whale (who) was recently discovered dead in Spain with 100 plastic bags inside (his) stomach. As if these figures aren’t shocking enough, experts also believe that more than 1 million seabirds are also being killed from ocean pollution, ingestion or entanglement.

We are the ones creating all this rubbish, and as such we share a collective responsibility for the deaths it is causing. We cannot shake it from our conscience by ignoring the situation or turning a blind eye; it is time to take responsibility and make changes.

What You Can Do To Help

The best way to stop plastic pollution in our oceans is to make sure it never reaches the water in the first place. Reducing, reusing and recycling is the way forward.

Take action today by following these steps to help cut down on your plastic use and protect our oceans:

  • Bring your own fabric bags to the store
  • Always choose reusable items whenever possible
  • If you need to use plastic, make sure you recycle after you’ve used it
  • Let businesses know that you want packaging that is fully recyclable
  • Host a clean up day where you get together with a group of volunteers to pick up trash at your local beach
  • Support and spread the message of organizations fighting plastic pollution
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/100000-animals-drowning-every-year-in-the-plastic-we-throw-away.html#ixzz3Khb5XBIj

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The Paw Project

March 23, 2015
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Source The Paw Project

Facts About Declawing

  • Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat’s paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint.
  • Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection.
  • Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis.
  • Declawing is the same mutilating procedure for house cats or big cats.
  • More about feline declawing and humane alternatives to declaw surgery »

Find out how you can do more HERE

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Donate to Action for Animals for FREE

March 16, 2015
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“Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

 

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Lasa Sanctuary

March 9, 2015
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Please visit Lasa Sanctuary HERE

The word “veganism” denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practical — all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals. – Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society, 1944.

The first, and most simple, step anyone can make to significantly improve our world for all beings is to commit to a vegan lifestyle. Vegan living is a celebration of life and a practice in intentional living. Not only can we remove ourselves from the vicious cycles of animal suffering, but we can also reduce our lasting footprint upon our planet, encourage greater equality and resource management for humans worldwide, and give ourselves the gift of better physical and mental health. As the old adage goes, we are what we eat. Here at Lasa, we encourage everyone to *be* compassion, love, and respect, and we hope to educate our visitors on the importance of what fills their dinner plates.

Lasa welcomes all people (vegan or not) to visit the sanctuary. Out of respect for the animals, however, we ask that no animal products be brought onto sanctuary land. Please contact us if you have questions regarding this policy.

We recognize that many myths about veganism persist in our culture and that many people may find the concept intimidating. For this reason, Lasa will serve as an educational facility to teach of the benefits, nutritional information, cooking, and shopping alternatives.

 

Lasa Sanctuary is a registered 501c3 nonprofit public charity based in northeast Ohio.  Our mission is to promote whole, vegan living through education and experience designed to celebrate the connectedness of all living beings, to provide sanctuary for animals of all species, and to share our message of compassionate healing throughout the human community.

At Lasa every life is respected and cherished.  We believe in the power of unity and the strength of love to heal the hearts and minds of animals and people in need.

We live on 10.68 acres in Jefferson, Ohio, located in Ashtabula County.  After more than two years of hard work and capital investment, we have be blessed enough to finally open our doors to animals in need.  As we continue to grow (already 40+ animals call Lasa home), we hope that Lasa will become a gathering place for the compassionate, the open, and the concerned, where the innate value of every life is celebrated and where we can inspire change, peace, and a greater joy in our world.

The Lasa team integrates animal rights and protection, holistic living, spirituality, self-care, and community action into programs and events designed to celebrate the wonder of all life, to embrace diversity, and to teach compassion.

With your support, Lasa will thrive as a much needed safe haven and trailblazing education and healing center for the people and animals of Ohio.

Together, we can make a better world.

Love all.  Serve All.

Joy, Tom, Jamie, & Joshua

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Have Humans Adapted to Eating Meat and Does it Even Matter?

March 2, 2015
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Source Steal This Meme

Have Humans Adapted to Eating Meat and Does it Even Matter?

It is a question I’ve answered many times on this blog, so I decided it deserved its own post.

From Huffington Post article, Shattering the Meat Myth:

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard says in his book, The Power of Your Plate, in which he explains that “early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging—eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.”

There is no more authoritative source on anthropological issues than paleontologist Dr. Richard Leakey, who explains what anyone who has taken an introductory physiology course might have discerned intuitively—that humans are herbivores. Leakey notes that “[y]ou can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand…. We wouldn’t have been able to deal with food source that required those large canines” (although we have teeth that are called “canines,” they bear little resemblance to the canines of carnivores).

In fact, our hands are perfect for grabbing and picking fruits and vegetables. Similarly, like the intestines of other herbivores, ours are very long (carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat). We don’t have sharp claws to seize and hold down prey. And most of us (hopefully) lack the instinct that would drive us to chase and then kill animals and devour their raw carcasses. Dr. Milton Mills builds on these points and offers dozens more in his essay, “A Comparative Anatomy of Eating.”

The point is this: Thousands of years ago when we were hunter-gatherers, we may have needed a bit of meat in our diets in times of scarcity, but we don’t need it now. Says Dr. William C. Roberts, editor of the American Journal of Cardiology, “Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.”

If humans were “designed” to eat meat, why is it that most of our leading causes of death are directly linked to the ingestion of animal proteins (yes, even when it’s organic, boiled and skinless)? Why are vegans generally healthier and live longer lives? Doesn’t sound like our bodies have adapted too well to these products yet, if they’re still killing us. I’ve never heard of a lion with high cholesterol, after all.

Here’s a chart of our anatomy, compared to other animals:



Noting the similarities, I think it’s safe to conclude that we have indeed developed to be herbivores (specifically, frugivores).

But does any of our evolutionary background even matter in terms of modern-day veganism? I would say no. Since it is apparent that humans can thrive on a plant-based diet, it seems entirely irrelevant what we may have adapted to eating in the past.

So the question isn’t ‘is meat healthy’? (it isn’t) or ‘did our ancestors eat meat’? (they didn’t) or‘do our bodies align with meat-eaters’? (they don’t). The question is ‘if we can live long, healthy lives without animal products (we can), why do we continue to exploit and abuse sentient, feeling beings?’ The answer is in the hands of carnists because I can’t see any way to justify it. Maybe they think “humane” meat is better, but if the whole process of breeding, enslaving, and killing animals is unnecessary (and actually, very unhealthy) how can we defend it at all?

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