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

The Truth About Thanksgiving: Celebrating Genocide With Genocide

November 19, 2014
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What is the true story of Thanksgiving? Let’s take a look behind the wholesome image, at the actual historical basis of this holiday and our current practices of celebration. Thanksgiving is a holiday built on the genocide of an entire people, celebrated with the genocide of an entire species. Learn what really happens to both the turkeys bred and killed for Thanksgiving and also the people violated and killed in the first Thanksgiving ever. For more information, see the blog post: http://wp.me/p3VBHs-w1

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Nonhuman Rights Project – Working Toward Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals

November 17, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Source Nonhuman Rights Project

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Meet Tommy the chimpanzee. The Nonhuman Rights Project found him locked in a small cage, in a dark barn, at a used-trailer lot in New York. Tommy lives in solitary confinement, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chimpanzees like Tommy are intelligent, self-aware beings. But the law still considers Tommy to be a piece of property – a “thing.” As such, he has NO LEGAL RIGHTS. While the Supreme Court has ruled that even corporations are entitled to certain legal rights, Tommy has no more rights than a pair of tennis shoes.

Add your name to this urgent petition if you agree with us that chimpanzees like Tommy belong in a sanctuary, not in a cage, not in a laboratory, and not in a circus!

The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only organization working toward actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own. Our mission is to change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving standards of morality, scientific discovery, and human experience entitle them. Our first cases were filed in 2013. Your support of this work is deeply appreciated.

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Woman Choosing Fox for Fur Coat Becomes a Hero, Takes Fox Home Instead

November 14, 2014
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Aleks Gaintseva was hoping to surprise his wife, Natalia, with a new fur coat. He wanted to give her something warm and beautiful to wear during those cold Russian winters. He even wanted her to pick out the precise fur that would make up her new coat. What Alexs didn’t count on was his wife’s better nature.

In Russia, where temperatures are extreme, fur coats are common. Many there mostly see the coat, not the animals who died to create it. When Natalia Gaintseva arrived at the fur farm in Barnaul, Russia, she saw something she hadn’t expected.

She saw the living creature whose life would have to be extinguished in order to provide her with a warm coat. In a flash, everything changed. Natalia decided there would be no coat after all. She gazed at the frightened black fox imprisoned in (her) pen and simply couldn’t do it.

“When I saw her cowering at the back of the cage, I felt really sorry for her and couldn’t possibly imagine wearing her,” said Gaintseva, according to the New York Post. “She really was a beautiful little fox looking up at me with her gorgeous big eyes.”

Wait, the story gets better. Gaintseva couldn’t just leave that fox to become someone else’s coat. She made plans to buy her and set her free.

“I’d much rather buy her and release her than have her killed and wear her,” Gaintseva said. “Not now that I had seen her alive.”

The Fox (Who) Went Home to Stay

Although Gaintseva intended to buy and free the black fox, she learned that (she) had been taken from (her) mother at a very early age. The fox had lived (her) whole life at the farm and never learned to survive in the wild. Releasing her into the Russian wilderness would be another kind of death sentence.

Gaintseva decided to do the only thing she could to ensure the fox’s survival — she took (her) home with her.

Now named Kiryusha, the fox lives with the Gaintsevas. See Natalia and Kiryusha together by clicking here. Kiryusha appears to be thriving, living warm, well fed and happy with the woman who was kind enough to see her as a fellow sentient being rather than something pretty to wear.

Fur Farms Mean a Short, Sad Life and a Painful Death

There’s nothing good to say about an animal’s life on a fur farm. They live crammed together in small cages and pens. They live their lives in sheds, never going outside or running free. They live and eat in the same tiny space in which they urinate and defecate.

After that sad life, they die hard deaths. To avoid damaging the fur, workers frequently slaughter the animals in a particularly painful and cruel manner — anal or vaginal electrocution.

China exports about half of the world’s finished fur garments. It’s a country known for killing fur-producing animals by skinning them alive, hanging them or bludgeoning them to death.

Remarkably, even in the U.S. there are few regulations or oversight restricting the practices on fur farms. Only in New York, for example, is it illegal for fur farms to kill animals by electrocution. About a third of the fur sold in the U.S. doesn’t even come from fur farms. That’s not good news, though. Instead, that fur comes from animals who died in excruciating pain over the course of days with a leg caught in steel-jaw traps.

There’s just no humane way to produce a fur coat or fur trim. Those who wear fur are the cause of a tragic life and horrifying death for beautiful, innocent animals. There’s nothing glamorous about fur.

Perhaps if more people saw where their fur, leather and meat actually comes from, more would decide they just can’t be the end customer for such cruelty. One by one, as people make this connection, things will change. For the animals, it can’t happen fast enough.

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Animals and the Buddha

November 12, 2014
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Source Dharma Voices for Animals

Featuring interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.

In addition to watching the film on YouTube, it can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in screening the film for your sangha or local community, please see our information sheet.  If you have any questions, please contact us at friends@dharmavoicesforanimals.org.

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, Animals and the Buddha is presented at no charge.  If you are able to help support Dharma Voices for Animals and the important work we do on behalf of animals, your donation  is greatly appreciated.  Donations are tax-deductible

DVA Mission

Dharma Voices for Animals (DVA) is an organization of those committed both to practicing the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma) and to speaking out when animal suffering is supported by the actions of those in Dharma communities and by the policies of Dharma centers. We want to be the voice of the animals who cannot speak our language and are unable to ask, “Why are you paying people to do this to me?” or “Why are you supporting my suffering?” We want to support those who are willing to speak out about the harm we cause other sentient beings when we eat them, use their body parts as clothing and in other ways, or use household and personal hygiene products that are tested on animals. While DVA recognizes the challenges of living in a complex, modern society, we wish to promote the choices that provide the greatest reduction of animal suffering. It is our intention to be inclusive in honoring the different views of those who sincerely intend to minimize the suffering of animals.

Dzogchen Master and DVA member and contributor, Chatral Rinpoche: “If you take meat, it goes against the vows one takes in seeking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  Because when you take meat you have to take a being’s life. So I gave it up.”

 Become a DVA Member at no cost and support the efforts to raise awareness of the suffering of animals in the Dharma community.

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AgGag Victory in Australia

November 10, 2014
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Source Green is the New Red
By Will Potter

A U.S.-style “ag-gag” proposal to restrict undercover investigations has just been defeated in South Australia.

The Surveillance Devices Bill would have cracked down on undercover investigations—particularly those by animal rights groups—by criminalizing the publication of undercover video.

Activists and journalists would have faced a $15,000 fine or imprisonment of three years. Organizations involved in the investigations would face a maximum penalty of $75,000.

It was strongly opposed by animal protection groups such as Voiceless, and also media organizations and labor unions.

“The concerns with this bill were held by both the media and also civil society advocates for whether it was animal rights or consumer affairs,” Greens MLC Tammy Franks said.

The proposal was similar to U.S.-style “ag-gag” bills promoted by the agriculture industry to stop the negative publicity created by covert undercover video of animal cruelty.

The bill did not explicitly focus on slaughterhouses or factory farms, but Minister Gail Gago noted when it was introduced that animal activists were central to the debate.

Ag-gag has been a growing debate in Australia within the last year. I recently completed a month-long tour about ag-gag laws there, and the media and public response to the bills was overwhelmingly against them.

The defeated of this proposal in South Australia is a major victory. But more ag-gag proposals are being concerned at the state and federal level.

“The (Victorian) Government has been considering workable measures that can be introduced to give legitimate farming business protection against unlawful activism,” a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said.

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A Vegan Guide to ThanksLiving

November 7, 2014
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Source Gentle World

As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. While the rest of the country looks forward in eager anticipation to a day of feast and celebration, we vegans tend to be seen as a thorn in the side of the collective consciousness. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending massacre, preferring to ignore it altogether, and some use the date as an opportunity to try and shine a little light on the reality of what Thanksgiving means for those whose bodies are to become centerpieces on the tables of over 45 million American homes.

Despite their reputation, anyone familiar with animal sanctuary operations can confirm that turkeys are intelligent, social beings who nurture and protect their young and thrive in their natural habitat. Even when they are stressed and confined in concentration camps (whether “free-range” or otherwise), they have an amazing will to live, as do all sentient beings.

Following is a collection of some of our favorite Thanksgiving links. Some are from Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, where turkeys are celebrated as the unique individuals that they are, and some are from our own collection. We hope our readers will use them to make their own Thanksgiving experience more meaningful, and hopefully to share with others the truth about who turkeys could be to us, if we would only open our hearts to them: Friends to be thankful for.

 

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free Range Turkeys

Increasingly, as consumers are becoming more aware of the extreme cruelty of animal farming, free-range, organic and ‘natural’ animal products are gaining popularity. What many people don’t realize, however, is that animals raised under these labels frequently suffer through much of the same torment as those in standard factory farming operations.

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: Sun Day

Melvin has been strutting up and down the hallway since dawn… After a while, he turns around slowly, laboriously, toilsomely, and drags himself back to the kitchen, heaving, and wheezing and staggering on gouty legs, then embarks again on the arduous, 20 step trek to the front door, parading in full celebration gear, big as a carnival float and as jubilantly bedecked as one It’s Sunday. At least that’s what our calendars say – Sunday, the cusp of a new week – but, to Melvin, in Melvin’s sense of time, it’s something else, something brighter and luckier.

Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary: What We’re Thankful For

Melvin and I have much to be thankful for. I for one am thankful for Melvin’s presence next to me today, for his life, for this moment of connection we are sharing under the wide open sky. And for the luminous memory of his five brothers: George, Stanley, Alfred, Elmer and Archie… As a group, they were a slow motion parade – an extravagant display of panache, moxie, charisma, flamboyance, and supreme self-confidence. Not a group of mere mortals to know and love, but a magnificent cavalcade of richly feathered tails, quivering wings, shifting color, triumphant song and vibrant dance to experience and be awed by.

And as vegans around the world can attest to, there’s no reason that holiday meals can’t be ‘veganized’ and transformed into a true celebration of peace and gratitude, as we replace the traditional fare with clean, wholesome foods that are animal-free and incredibly delicious.

Vegan Menu for a Gentle Thanksgiving

For a truly delicious vegan Thanksgiving meal, it’s easy to replicate traditional dishes. There’s also great enjoyment to be found in incorporating non-traditional, festive holiday recipes to add some originality to the Thanksgiving table… Many people know that it’s now possible to buy a ready-made vegan substitute to imitate the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. But with a little imagination, there are many other ways to leave the turkey alone, and create a delicious centerpiece using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Vegan Delights for the Holiday Table

There’s no reason that holiday meals have to resemble the old traditions that center around practices many of us consider quite barbaric. This holiday, why not dress up your table with some festive delights that have nothing to do with the traditional menu? As long as the foods are beautiful and delicious, who’s to say what a holiday table should contain?

Vegans At The Family Holiday

When a vegan is willing to take the time and effort to help their family and loved ones incorporate delicious vegan food into the menu, and non-vegans are open-minded and even enthusiastic about trying something new, everyone can enjoy a magnificent, cruelty-free meal, and ‘veganism’ can actually become a part of the celebration.

Whatever vegan dishes you enjoy on Thanksgiving, or even if you decide to fast in protest, remember that there is still much to be thankful for. As expressed so eloquently in the writing above, we agree with the sentiment of Joanna Lucas when she acknowledges “the growing number of hearts who refuse to ignore this atrocity, refuse to support it, refuse to perpetuate it, and certainly, refuse to give thanks for it.”

Amen.

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LiveSafe: Mobile App to Report Animal Cruelty

November 5, 2014
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(Animals have voices, we just don’t listen to them.)

Source ALDF

LiveSafe is designed to help animals by letting you report abuse and neglect right from your phone. Your animal abuse crime tips will immediately alert your local law enforcement when animals are in need of help—and justice. Join forces with ALDF in protecting animals and stopping animal abusers! Here’s how it works.

Install LiveSafe and Connect to ALDF

First, install LiveSafe. If you are using an iPhone or other Apple device, install from iTunes:

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If you are using an Android device, install via the Google Play store:

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After installing, connect the app to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. When you open the app for the first time you will be asked if you want to “connect with and submit tips to” LiveSafe. Choose “Change”

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and type “Animal Legal Defense Fund” in the following prompt.

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That’s it! LiveSafe is now configured to report crimes against animals. Select a tip type to report a crime, and attach a photo or video along with your detailed observation.

How It Works

When you submit a tip, a GPS embedded text, photo, video, or audio report is sent to your local authorities via the LiveSafe app. If you live in a jurisdiction that is already connected with LiveSafe—many jurisdictions across the nation already are—then the tip goes direct to your local law enforcement. If your local authorities are not yet connected with the app, then the tip goes to a call center staffed with individuals who will quickly locate the appropriate local authorities and forward the tips to the correct contact for your jurisdiction. Because the app was built by the same developers who created an already-established national app for general crime reporting, there is already a well-established infrastructure in place that makes sure tips about animal abuse submitted through LiveSafe will quickly and seamlessly get to your local authorities.

LiveSafe has been downloaded by over 36,000 users, and community shelters are getting on board, too! The app is a unique resource for local humane societies and law enforcement. Groups like the Houston Humane Society, Vermont Humane Federation, Dutchess County SPCA, and Delaware SPCA are encouraging their communities to report animal cruelty using LiveSafe. Check out the Houston Humane Society’s website. If your organization is interested in partnering with us, please contact us at info@aldf.org.

Help the Animal Legal Defense Fund win the case against cruelty. Install LiveSafe today!

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