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Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician (Nobel 1952)

Animals Rights is the Greatest Social Justice Issue Since the Abolition of Slavery

August 29, 2014
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Source Free From Harm
By Free From Harm Staff Writers

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”.

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HSUS betrays animals. Again.

August 27, 2014
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This is a vigil for the billions of individuals whose lives are shattered for the palate pleasure and amusement of consumers whose taste for animal suffering trumps justice and compassion. It is a protest, a rejection of, and a necessary remedy for, the mockery that animal welfare advocates, “conscientious” consumers, and “humane” farmers have made of the word ‘respect’. It is a direct response to “RESPECT YOUR DINNER”, an HSUS sponsored event where participants are invited to experience the superior taste and texture of “humanely” enslaved, and “respectfully” murdered animals.

As participants will be “Hoofin it” around Denver for four consecutive days, savoring the burned remains of a different animal each day—a bison, a pig, a lamb, a calf—we will stand in solidarity, in sympathy, in outrage, and in deep sorrow with the animals whose lives, hearts, minds, memories, languages, and unique identities will have been obliterated into the ugliness of meat.

Join us in opposing the elitist notion that other animals exist for human use. Join us in celebrating the mind, the heart, the mystery that each sentient being brings to the world. Joins us in restoring the true meaning, practice, and moral significance of word ‘Respect’.

Live vegan and educate others about the vegan imperative.

A Follow Up To Our Four Night Vigil

It is with heavy hearts and exhausted souls that we had to shine the light of truth on the HSUS sponsored “Hoofin It” event which, as egregious as it was, was only one of countless events and partnerships that HSUS has had with animal killers for years.

HSUS’ crimes against the animals have been hidden in plain sight for anyone to see.

Although our original 4 night Vigil series was intended to present the “hoofed animal menu” victim’s perspective during each night’s horrific event, the entire Vigil was also meant to expose a much larger, more pervasive trend that not only the HSUS has been engaging in, but most major animal “rights” organizations, as well as major sanctuaries.

Their insistence on using the language of “factory farming” rather than “Animal Farming”, and their focus on “humane” reforms — which imply that animals can be enslaved, raped, kidnapped and murdered “humanely” — is what opened the flood gates for events like the HSUS sponsored “Hoofin It” atrocity, and many others.

This was not the first of its kind and will not be the last of its kind — sponsored by, sanctioned by, and created by the animals’ advocates’ refusal to include all animals in their advocacy.

What we’ve seen is a swapping out of one group of victims for another, and organizations calling it “progress”.

What we’ve seen is that huge multinational corporations (Tyson, Goodtimes Burgers, Chipotle…) are now using the language that animal protection organizations have given them, to promote the sale and consumption of “non factory farmed” animals.

What we know is that, when confronted with the horrors of factory farming, the public’s default response is now to look for products of animal misery that are labeled “humane”– thereby increasing the demand for animal suffering and death — instead of understanding that the only way to end this massive injustice is to become vegan.

At Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, we know the victims of all animal farming, and we know that our job as their advocates is to tell the public — and Vegans — the whole truth about the cruelty and injustice inherent in all animal farming/ use.

We call on all vegans to please realize that the consequences of opposing “factory farming” instead of “all animal farming” are devastating for the animals.

Promoting the feel-good lie that “humane” farming is, or can ever be, anything but an atrocity results only in increasing the demand for its blood products and, with it, in perpetuating the horror that the victims are forced to endure under the label “high welfare”.

Please tell the whole truth in your own advocacy, and call on all animal protection organizations and sanctuaries to do the same.

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The Sadness and the Power of Knowing…



August 25, 2014
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Gestation_crates_1Source Vegan Feminist Agitator
By Marla Rose

It’s interesting to me that even after being vegan for nearly twenty years, a simple question can still create such an unintentionally fervent storm within: What is the hardest part about being vegan? I think the people asking this would expect vegans to say that it’s most difficult to eat out, that family meals are problematic, that Thanksgiving is a pain, and it’s true, sometimes different situations can present challenges but they are usually more of an annoyance than a true impediment.

I was reminded of this recently when we posted this same question on the Vegan Street Facebook page and of the hundreds of responses we received, again and again we heard that the hardest part of being vegan is knowing what is inflicted upon animals – by the year, by the day, by the minute, in real time as we sit at our computers or brush our teeth – and needing to continue carrying on with our lives despite knowing this. There is an emotional bluntness that can be hard to mute when we’re asked this question, yet we’ve learned that the truth is too real for most people to hear about so we dance around a candid depiction of our experience. We water it down with a message that is more palatable. We change the subject because speaking about this honestly to anyone who is not vegan will likely not be understood. We keep our composure when we feel like crying. (Or we try to do that, at least in public.) We move on. Despite this, for many of us, the hardest part of being vegan is in the knowing.

It’s knowing what we know and realizing that we have to carry on with our own lives even as these other innocent lives are filled with completely needless torment and suffering. It’s knowing that gentle calves are torn from their mothers and when this happens, more than 100,000 times each day, their mothers often bellow and mourn in ways we can’t even imagine, and the cycle continues until they no longer produce enough milk and it’s time for them to become cheap meat. It’s talking about this to someone who is eating a salad sprinkled with cheese, being able to see the destroyed mothers and babies in the cheese that is not visible to most others, and remain composed.

It’s knowing that newly hatched male layer chicks are destroyed because they are worthless to the industry. It’s knowing that their mothers continue their cycle of laying egg after egg until they are depleted and then they must also become cheap meat. It’s knowing the fate of their female chicks and seeing billboards for .99 breakfast biscuits on our way to work, advertised on the subway, on the fast food bags blowing out of the garbage cans as we walk past.

It’s the beaks, tails, horns, testicles and whatever else that’s inefficient cut off and tossed out; it’s the ear tags, notches, tattoos and branding. It’s the castration and it’s the rape, day in and day out. It’s the numbing ubiquity of their commodification. It’s the sheer, paralyzing immensity of the violence and the deeply embedded habits that make people blind to it.  

Knowing all this is how an innocent question becomes an unavoidably prickly one.

Still, we live our lives because there is no pressing pause on the world as it is, on things as they are, so we continue on as best we can, knowing what we know, seeing what we’ve seen, trying to change hearts and minds as we go. It’s painful and most of the time, even though I have dedicated my life to spreading the message of veganism, I shut the ugliness out of my mind because I don’t know how I could live effectively if I didn’t. There is no un-knowing it, though. It’s always there, just below the surface, at the ready. It can spring out like a jack-in-the-box when we hear someone make a bacon joke, if anyone boasts about their cage-free eggs, when our mother-in-law asks if she can take her grandson to McDonald’s but also when someone asks us for vegan recipes, for alternatives to zoos, if we can give them information about the dairy industry. No matter the context, this knowing is there, it is part of us.

The bright side to knowing is the empowerment that comes from also knowing that we are not contributing to the violence and offering the example of another way of living. When people are on the precipice of going vegan, I think often they fear what they think their lives may look like, living in a world that is so profoundly enmeshed in exploitation, of feeling the vulnerability that comes with being different. This fear of vulnerability can cause people on the edge to back up and close off. What they are not seeing, though, is that despite the pain that comes from knowing, there is a tremendous opportunity to transcend business as usual, and in this transcending, they will reap countless rewards. It is scary to expose ourselves to knowing, though, and it’s also scary be on the verge of breaking with the status quo. This is why I feel that knowing what we know is at once our greatest vulnerability and, ironically perhaps, also our greatest strength. As with so much in life, there is a price to pay with moving outside of one’s comfort zone, with knowing, with being vulnerable. When the alternative is sealing off our hearts, living in denial, and limiting our growth to make others comfortable, it is a price well worth paying and I am grateful to be able to pay it every day.

While I write this, cows are forcibly impregnated. Chickens are stressed as they are put through forced molting. Babies are pulled from their mothers. Aquatic life suffocates in massive nets that dredge the ocean. Animals are trucked to slaughterhouses. Bolts are shot into brains. Throats are slit. This is happening at this moment and there is no getting around that. The best we can do is help people awaken to it and empower them to take positive actions. Yes, it is lousy to know. The alternative, though? It is immeasurably worse.

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Stop the blood sport of bear hunting

August 22, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



BACKGROUND | SOURCE COURIER-POST

Those who respect wildlife get tired of seeing smiling “hunters” posing with a weapon in one hand and holding up the head of a majestic bear with the other. In death, the bear shows more dignity than its cowardly killer.

Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., the leading black bear biologist in North America, concluded that black bears are extremely timid and pose little risk to anyone. Attacks by a black bear are so rare as to be almost nonexistent. A person is about 180 times more likely to be killed by a bee than a black bear and 160,000 times more likely to die in a traffic accident.

The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife agency propagates game species for its hunter constituents. It runs a blood “sport” killing business under the fraudulent cover of “conservation.”

Killing a black bear is a cowardly act. It’s killing for nothing more than sick kicks and “trophy” bragging rights.

Most bears are already starting hibernation and are defenseless. “Hunters” are even allowed to use bait.

Killing a black bear mom leaves her cubs to die of starvation. Don’t worry, the agency encourages “hunters” to shoot cubs, too. It’s an obscene and senseless act, and a reflection of the worst of human nature. If bears could shoot back, there wouldn’t be a hunter in the woods.

Please politely ask Gov. Chris Christie to cancel the bear hunt that begins Dec. 8. Email constituent.relations@gov.state.nj.us; write Office of the Governor, P.O. Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625; call (609) 292-6000; or fax (609) 292-5212.

SILVIE POMICTER

Voice Of The Animals

President/Humane Educator

Chinchilla, Pa.

WHOM TO CONTACT

Email: constituent.relations@gov.state.nj.us

Letter: Office of the Governor P.O. Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625

Phone: (609) 292-6000

Fax: (609) 292-5212

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SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Governor Christie,

It has come to my attention that New Jersey is reportedly considering allowing bear hunts. Although this hunt would be inherently cruel based on the premise alone, it is important to recognize it is based on erroneous information.

Please allow me to illustrate a few of these concerns. First, ecologically, populations will fluctuate according to conditions and naturally-occurring food sources; it is the interference of humans that causes imbalance. To blame and slaughter the bears for human encroachment and greed is both irresponsible and unjustified.

Second, killing bears artificially increases food supplies to the remaining bears, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater bear population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal hunting is responsible for a rebound, or larger populations, in subsequent years.

Third, there is no conservation efforts in place here, only the intentional propagation of bears for sport hunter constituents, a decidedly low percentage of voters. This is blood-shed, disguised as necessary control, when you can instead examine alternative, non-lethal options according to established protocols, which, when using these methods appropriately, have all proven successful in curtailing populations. However, if the state did not intentionally and artificially raise populations, such control would be unnecessary.

Fourth, cruelty abounds and is considered appropriate in these hunts, leaving bear cub orphans, of whom hunters are instructed to kill, and baiting tactics, a cowardly response for desperate hunters.

Fifth, this type of mass killing using such a brutal type of slaughter in such a central and visible location would certainly adversely affect both visitation and tourism; it would be financially detrimental to continue with such a cruel and unnecessary killing, and although I do not currently reside in New Jersey, I would be unwilling to consider it as a potential vacation destination if this bear hunt continues.

I know your time is limited and I want to thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

NAME

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Take the mystery out of “mystery meat”

August 20, 2014
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OC: Humans will forever attempt a disconnect between life and meal; they refuse to welcome the reality of their bloodlust and cruel dining experiences.  While not the most appropriate form to show animals as, these pictures seem to relate the meal with the animal part.  Is it gruesome?  Yes.  Is it a reflection of the true non-human animal?  Absolutely not.  ANIMALS ARE NOT FOOD.  But it may put a link between the distance of fiction and reality.  Nevertheless, regardless of fancy art and credible pictures, the only humane is vegan to prevent such horrific visions and “mysteries”.

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Nobody likes to see how the sausage—or really, any kind of processed meat product—gets made. Recently a Chinese factory that supplies McDonald’s and other chains made headlines when a video revealing workers’ unhygienic handling of meat surfaced. It posed an important question that most people would rather not dwell on: What are we really eating?

That inspired Hong Kong–based artist Peter Augustus’ Mystery Meat, a series of photographs that replaces familiar cuts of meat in classic American foods with the animal parts they come from.

“It is not meant to be repulsive,” Augustus said in an email. Instead, he intended to highlight the disconnect Western societies have with the food they eat and to spur the debate around the fillers and hormones used in meat.

Originally from Dallas, the artist became fascinated with Hong Kong’s meat shops, where pig heads, intestines, and eyeballs openly hang on hooks.

“As a foreigner from a major city in the West, most of us seldom see anything that even closely represents what kind of animals we are eating when we purchase it,” Augustus said. “It is always prepackaged, nice and neat, showcased in an air-conditioned supermarket.”

After finding a friendly butcher to help him with the project (“She thought it was funny”), Augustus shot the photographs using lighting and background that bring to mind the typical American diner or cafeteria.

“I hope the viewer takes into account what the natural form of their food looks like,” he said.

 

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URGENT: Speak Out Against Proposed Bobcat Fur Farm

August 18, 2014
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is currently taking public comments on its Schultz Fur Farm Environmental Assessment, which recommends the permitting of a bobcat farm near Roy, Montana, where bobcats would be captive-bred and then sold to the cruel fur industry. Comments are due by August 29, so your voice is needed immediately!

In the wild, bobcats roam vast natural territories that can span 25 square miles, foraging for food, raising their young, and frolicking with family members. These animals are highly sensitive and elusive beings who avoid human contact at all cost. If Larry Schultz’s farm is permitted, bobcats would spend the majority of their short lives in small wire cages commonly seen in the unscrupulous fur industry. Intensive confinement prevents animals from being able to take more than a few steps in any direction or feel the earth beneath their feet. Many animals go insane under these conditions and will mutilate themselves and cannibalize their cagemates. Reportedly, bobcats have killed their young on Schultz’s fur farm in North Dakota.

Please urge the FWP to deny Schultz’s permit. Remind the agency that fur farms are cruel to animals and bad for the environment. And please forward this alert widely!

PETITION

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WHOM TO CONTACT

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SAMPLE COMMENT

I’m writing with regard to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ environmental assessment of the proposed Larry Schultz Fur Farm (d.b.a. Schultz Fur Farm), which would allow for captive bobcats in Fergus County to be sold to the commercial fur industry. I respectfully request that you deny this permit because of the cruelty and myriad environmental issues associated with such businesses.

In the wild, bobcats roam vast natural territories that can span 25 square miles, foraging for food, raising their young, and frolicking with family members. These animals are highly sensitive and elusive beings who avoid human contact at all cost. If Schultz’s farm is permitted, bobcats would spend the majority of their short lives in small wire cages commonly seen in the unscrupulous fur industry. Intensive confinement prevents animals from being able to take more than a few steps in any direction or feel the earth beneath their feet. Many animals go insane under these conditions and will mutilate themselves and cannibalize their cagemates. Reportedly, bobcats have killed their young on Schultz’s fur farm in North Dakota.

Fur farms also pose risks to the environment because of extensive water and air contamination that can lead to grave illnesses and death in humans, birds, fish, and other animals. Permitting such a farm would go against the FWP’s mission to provide “for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and future generations.”

Please deny a permit for the Schultz Fur Farm.

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Idaho Wants to Make Wildlife Killing Contests an Annual Event: Please Send Letter to Oppose

August 15, 2014
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BACKGROUND

You may recall this past December Idaho held a highly controversial killing contest targeting both wolves and coyotes. This was the first time wolves were targeted in a predator killing contest since their reintroduction.

We have just learned the killing contest sponsor, a group called Idaho for Wildlife, is seeking to repeat this contest over several years, this time not only targeting wolves and coyotes — with prizes awarded for killing the most coyotes and the largest wolf–  but also other predators, in a multi-year “predator derby” scheduled for the next five winters (with the next one scheduled for January 2-4, 2015).

This event would be damaging to the affected ecosystem, harmful to ecologically vital species, incompatible with scientific principles of wildlife management, and offensive to the concept of fair chase, ethical hunting.

Your comments are needed NOW. Urge the BLM to deny Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.

The BLM is currently soliciting input from the public on the scope of what should be considered in an Environmental Assessment (EA). The issues identified for analysis in the EA include the impact on economic and social values, the impact on existing recreational uses, and the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area. Please don’t miss this opportunity to voice your opposition (you do not have to be an Idaho resident to comment as this is federal BLM land- YOUR land!). 

WHOM TO CONTACT

Please act now! More info. here. Comments are due no later than August 18th and can be emailed to:

Liz Townley
Outdoor Recreation Planner
blm_id_predatorhuntderby@blm.gov

or sent to:

Liz Townley
Outdoor Recreation Planner
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Salmon Field Office
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83467

Please cc Project Coyote as we are tracking letters sent (info@projectcoyote.org)

Please include in your subject line Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA

Please also include your full contact information so your letter is counted in the official record and address the three areas this scoping document covers:
1- the impact on economic and social values;
2- the impact on existing recreational uses;
3- the affect on wildlife habitat and threatened species in the targeted area.

SUBJECT

Re: DOI-BLM-ID-I000-2014-0002-EA

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Planner Townley,

I am writing to voice my opposition to  Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit that would allow contestants to kill predators on over 3 million acres of public lands in Idaho for the next five years.  Please do not provide these permits.  Allow me this opportunity to elaborate.

Killing contests have nothing in common with fair chase, ethical hunting. Technology, baiting, and “calling” place wildlife at an even greater and unfair disadvantage. Hunting in winter, when species can be easily tracked in snow and when most animals are working hard to survive contravenes the notion of fair chase. Killing predators, or any wild animal, as part of a ‘contest’ or ‘derby’ is ethically indefensible and ecologically reckless.

Bloodsport contests are conducted for profit, entertainment, prizes and, simply, for the “fun” of killing. No evidence exists showing that predator killing contests control problem animals or serve any beneficial management function. Coyote populations that are not exploited (that is hunted, trapped, or controlled by other means), form stable “extended family” social structures that naturally limit overall coyote populations through defense of territory and the suppression of breeding by subordinate female members of the family group.

The importance of wolves, coyotes and other predators in maintaining order, stability, and productivity in ecosystems has been well documented in peer- reviewed scientific literature. Coyotes provide myriad ecosystem services that benefit humans including their control of rodents and rabbits, which compete with domestic livestock for available forage. As apex predators wolves increase biodiversity and ecological integrity.

With fewer than 700 wolves in Idaho and poaching a common problem, allowing a killing contest of a species just off the endangered species list is reckless, indefensible and counter to sound science.

Economically, a live wolf is worth far more than a dead one. Wolf watching has brought in millions of dollars into Idaho and tourism is a major economic revenue source.

Wildlife killing contests perpetuate a culture of violence and send the message to children that life has little value and that an entire species of animals is disposable.

Wildlife killing contests put non-target animals, companion animals, and people at risk. Domestic dogs are sometimes mistaken for coyotes and wolves.

Although I do not currently reside in Idaho, I would be unwilling to visit should these revolting “contests” continue.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.

Name, Address

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