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You’re not an environmentalist if you eat meat

April 22, 2014
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Watch Global Warming, Meat the Truth



How to stop global warming? This extraordinary movie made by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation from Holland shows us the whole and bitter truth about the influence of the meat industry on our climate and on the devastation of our environment, water, and air.


OC Comment: I am an ethical vegan. Even if veganism did not have such a profoundly beneficial impact on the environment, I’d still be vegan. For me, it’s the animals, but for others, it’s Earth, and just as you cannot care for animals while eating and wearing them, so, too, can you not care for Earth while hoisting animals to your mouth. It’s just a fact. Another fact: Earth Day is just one day, one tiny effort. If you really care about Earth, you’ll make it a lifetime commitment. Anybody can do a day, if you care, if you are concerned, you can start with every and go from there: you’ll be amazed with yourself and what you can accomplish.
Source Examiner
By Samantha Chang
Oscar-winning director James Cameron, who recently switched to a vegan diet for ethical reasons, is slamming environmentalists who continue to eat meat.In an October 2012 Facebook video, Cameron admonished meat-eating environmentalists to switch to a plant-based diet if they’re serious about saving the planet.

You can’t be an environmentalist, you can’t be an ocean steward, without truly walking the walk. And you can’t walk the walk in the world of the future — the world ahead of us, the world of our children — not eating a plant-based diet.”

In explaining why he converted to a vegan lifestyle, Cameron, 59, pointed to the environmental damage that raising livestock for food causes.

“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it,” James said. “So it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”

In 2006, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released a report indicating that 18% of the world’s man-made greenhouse-gas emissions come from livestock production. In reality, that figure is closer to 51%, according to a 2009 report by Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang of the IFC Environment and Social Development Department.

More recently, billionaire Bill Gates estimated that livestock production is responsible for 51% of greenhouse-gas emissions. “[Moving toward a vegetarian diet is] important in light of the environmental impacts of large-scale meat and dairy production, with livestock estimated to produce nearly 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases,” he said.

Several noted environmentalists have also vocally advocated a vegetarian lifestyle, citing the environmental damage caused by livestock farming. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, recently suggested that everyone could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions simply by reducing their meat consumption.

Meanwhile, Nathan Pelletier, an ecological economist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, underscored that eating cows isn’t the main problem; it’s eating cows raised on factory farms.

Pelletier said grass-fed cows are better for the environment that cows raised on livestock farms, where they’re pumped full of hormones, antibiotics and live in horrific, unsanitary conditions before they’re slaughtered.

“If your primary concern is to curb emissions, you shouldn’t be eating beef,” said Pelletier, who noted that cows produce 13 to 30 pounds of carbon dioxide per pound of meat.

Conventional cattle raising is like mining. It’s unsustainable, because you’re just taking without putting anything back. But when you rotate cattle on grass, you change the equation. You put back more than you take.”

However, some experts take issue with the notion that grass-fed beef is more environmentally friendly than factory-farmed livestock. Dr. Jude Capper, an assistant professor of dairy sciences at Washington State University, says grass-fed cows do as much harm to the Earth as factory-farmed ones.

“There’s a perception that grass-fed animals are frolicking in the sunshine, kicking their heels up full of joy and pleasure,” said Capper. “What we actually found was from the land-use basis, from the energy, from water — and particularly, based on the carbon footprints — grass-fed is far worse than corn-fed.”

One thing all vegetarian experts agree on is that livestock production damages the planet, and a plant-based diet is far more eco-friendly than a meat-centric one. Marc Reisner, former staff writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, summed it up best when he wrote:

In California, the single biggest consumer of water is not Los Angeles. It is not the oil and chemicals or defense industries. Nor is it the fields of grapes and tomatoes. It is irrigated pasture: grass grown in a near-desert climate for cows. The West’s water crisis — and many of its environmental problems as well — can be summed up in a single word: livestock.”

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Take Part in World Week for Animals in Laboratories

April 21, 2014
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US friends, if you haven’t already, please take action now to support H.R. 4148

April 20-26, 2014: Please Help End the Needless Abuse of Animals for Cosmetics Testing

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Please join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and others for World Week for Animals in Laboratories. IDA is sponsoring this event to ensure that the plight of animals suffering in laboratories remains in our consciousness as we advocate for the replacement of animal testing models with non-animal based practices.

The timing is perfect to help garner support for H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act. The passage of H.R. 4148 would ensure animals are not injured in any process involved in the creation or manufacturing of cosmetics.

If you would like to coordinate an event for WWAIL, we can provide you with flyers about cosmetics testing on animals. We will also be producing a flyer letting people know how they can act to support H.R. 4148. The deadline to request materials is Monday, April 14, 2014. To register your event, please click here.

If you haven’t already, please take action now to support H.R. 4148.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 415.448.0048, ext. 205 or wwail@idausa.org. For more information, please visit http://www.wwail.org.

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Animal rights: “Clean” kill still ends precious life

April 18, 2014
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OC: At times, people refer to the Humane Slaughter Act, a law enacted by Congress. I disagree. There can be no humane slaughter. Ending a life is bitterly cruel and inhumane. If you replace non-human animal with human animal you would understand that humane slaughter is an oxymoron, a law to make HUMANS feel better, yet the animals are still killed, which can never be humane: killing is killing, and, by definition, cannot be done in a humane manner. No animal, human or non-human, can be characterized as treated humanely if killed violently, exploitatively.


Source Missoulian

In so many ways, animals are the same as you and I. Mothers give tender loving care to their babies and will fight to the death to protect them. Parents may go without food to feed their young. They play games, have tempers, get jealous, frustrated, angry, feel the loss of loved ones, pain, anxiety, hunger, happiness, and sing with joy at just being alive and most of all, their lives are precious to them and they will fight tooth-and-claw to keep it. Yes, they have the same emotional attributes you and I have.

Best of all, the animals we call wild are free, free from human imprisonment and enslavement. They’ve managed themselves for millions of years without human interference.

Then, men with guns appeared. Five billion passenger pigeons once darkened the skies of this land, now not a single one is alive today. Sixty million buffalo were callously slaughtered, left to rot on the prairies, and had not 260 miraculously escaped detection, hidden away in a remote valley in Yellowstone, the bison too would now be extinct.

All the wolves were slaughtered by guns, poison and traps to the last whimpering pup; other animals were also victims of these idiotic genocides. And there are those who say the bison and wolves should be exterminated again. Some management.

A recent letter implied it was OK to kill an animal if the kill was clean. Well, no death in the wild is clean, no, not from the barrel of a high-powered rifle, or painfully caught in a steel trap waiting for their executioner to bludgeon them to death.

Yes, their lives are as precious to them as ours are to us. They are different in that they kill to survive and not for sport or a few silver dollars.

Leonard Stastny,

Missoula

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Help End Canada’s Baby-Seal Slaughter

April 17, 2014
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Warning: Graphic

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Background PETA

Every year in Canada during the fishing offseason, fishers shoot and beat tens of thousands of baby seals to death and sell their pelts on the international fur market. Sealers routinely hook seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth and drag them across the ice while they are still conscious. Seals can be legally killed as soon as they shed their white fur at just a few weeks of age, and most of those killed are under 3 months.

The good news is that Canada’s annual commercial seal slaughter is hanging on by a thread. With bans firmly in place across Europe, the U.S., Taiwan, Mexico, and Russia—which had been importing 95 percent of Canada’s seal pelts—the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished. The only reason the Canadian government continues to defend this dead industry is because political parties crave Newfoundland’s swing seats in Parliament. But as this editorial shows, even local sentiment is turning, and the lack of markets has led Canadian officials to examine seriously whether the slaughter should end.

We’ve reached a tipping point, and seals need your help now. Please take a moment to urge Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, and Minister of International Trade Ed Fast to help bring the commercial seal slaughter to an immediate end by supporting a government buyout.

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Ask the University of Washington to End the Use of Pigs for Paramedic Training

April 16, 2014
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Wikimedia Commons, Penn State's "research" pigs

Wikimedia Commons, Penn State’s “research” pigs

OC Comment on Animal Welfare laws, as taken from my essay Murder for Dinner: Let us extend a moment of appreciation to all those who spend five minutes on Google and triumphantly expose the measures written by humans to satisfy the moral question of cruelty: animal welfare laws. That is so utterly radical, laws written to regulate the industries, that kill animals, by the industries, that kill animals. In my dictionary, that is regarded as a conflict of interest, a socially moralizing appeasement meant to benefit the one species that inflicts cruelty upon the ones for whom the laws are “intended”. Let us not waste one moment debating the hypocritical, conceited notion of establishing “welfare” protocols for animals relentlessly tortured and savagely killed. Socially acceptable murder using verbal justifications eliminates guilt and serves to extinguish any potential disquiet for human animals but DOES NOT protect non-human animals from harm. Human animals are the only benefactors of such enactments, those who enjoy ethical solidarity with those whom kill.

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We need your help to stop the killing of pigs by the University of Washington (UW). This week, PCRM filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, explaining that UW is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach paramedics and flight nurses. Please help this effort by calling and e-mailing UW President Michael Young, today.

In the training program at UW, paramedics and nurses make an incision in the throat of a pig and insert a breathing tube and wire. This is performed up to five times by multiple trainees on each pig. The pigs are then killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by paramedic programs across the Pacific Northwest, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.

Here is Mr. Young’s telephone number and some talking points to use when you call his office. Please be polite and encouraging.

Michael Young, President
University of Washington
Phone: 206-543-5010

Talking points:

  • I am calling to ask Mr. Young to please stop the use of pigs in UW’s paramedic training program.
  • UW has a simulation center that can replace the use of animals immediately.

UW’s paramedic course is the only program in the Pacific Northwest known to use animals. The remaining programs use nonanimal methods such as human-based medical simulation. After you call, please e-mail Mr. Young and ask him to replace the use of animals in UW’s paramedic training program.

You can read our complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture here.

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Ban plastic bags in the EU

April 15, 2014
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Ever more deadly plastic waste is accumulating in the oceans. (photo: Ron Prendergast)

Ever more deadly plastic waste is accumulating in the oceans. (photo: Ron Prendergast)



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Source Rainforest Rescue

Eight billion plastic bags end up as litter every year in Europe alone. They are not only a blight on the countryside and seas – they can be deadly for seabirds, seals, sea turtles, whales and other marine life. Please sign our petition calling for a ban of plastic bags in the EU.

Plastic bags have become a symbol of our consumer society and our casual attitude toward disposable products. On average, every European uses 200 such bags every year – that’s more than 100 billion in total. Thin plastic bags are usually used only once and for a very short time – on average about 20 minutes – yet it takes centuries for them to decompose.

Eight billion such bags are not disposed of properly, but are thrown away carelessly, leaving them to flutter through the countryside and accumulate in bodies of water. Huge garbage patches consisting mainly of plastic waste have accumulated in the oceans.

Plastic bags can be deadly for marine life – above all seabirds, but also sea turtles, seals and sperm whales often mistake plastic drifting in the water for food. At least one million birds suffer a slow, painful death every year from swallowing plastic waste.

Sunlight and wave action breaks the plastic down into smaller and smaller particles that remain floating in the water. Fish are ingesting increasing amounts of these particles instead of plankton – thus putting plastic waste on our dinner tables.

It would be easy for us as consumers to dispense with disposable plastic bags and use durable bags for our shopping instead. Plastic bags must therefore be banned by law.

The EU now wants to delegate the responsibility for this issue to its member states, leaving them to decide whether to charge for bags, establish targets for reducing consumption, or ban the bags altogether. On April 17, the European Parliament will be voting on the proposal to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The proposal will then be submitted to the EU Council of Ministers.

Please sign our petition to the responsible policymakers.

Start of campaign: Apr 10, 2014

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Stop Militaries’ World War on Animals

April 14, 2014
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Source PETA

More than 80 percent of NATO nations have confirmed to PETA that they do not use any animals for military medical training exercises—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. This is clear evidence that there is no need to harm animals to prepare military medical personnel to save lives.

Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals each year as well.

military training exercisePETA has released disturbing, never-before-seen photographs of live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns during a military training course in Denmark.

Lifelike human simulators that “breathe” and “bleed” and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than mutilating and killing animals.

These barbaric animal laboratories also go against the spirit of Canadian, British, Norwegian, and Danish national laws and regulations as well as likely violating European Union law, which requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever possible.

Please take a moment to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and politely and urge them to stop harming and killing animals by joining the overwhelming majority of their NATO allies who use exclusively modern non-animal methods for military medical training exercises.

Photos: Jørn Stjerneklar

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