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5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat

September 29, 2014
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Vegan burger and fries | Wikimedia Commons

Vegan burger and fries | Wikimedia Commons

Source One Green Planet
By ThomasSTL

If we look in the history books, it (may make) sense why humans needed to kill animals for food to survive. Without transportation methods and phone lines and the Internet, humans hunted and gathered, being limited in their food choices. However, the world has come a long way. Foods that are native to certain countries can be shipped around the globe. Humans have created simpler solutions to eating, and the question isn’t “how will I eat?” but “what will I eat?” Plus, if you think about it, humans really aren’t suited to eat meat. We lack those animalistic instincts to hunt and kill with our bare hands. As Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, said, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines.” There, see?  So stop making these 5 excuses!

1. Meat is too delicious to give up

Vegan-only restaurants have popped up and caught on fire, trending in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and other U.S. cities. Don’t think vegan food tastes good? Go take a took at some vegan menus and you’ll see mouth-watering creations that are fresh, healthy, delicious, and extremely satisfying. Come to Manhattan during lunchtime and ask that huge line of people snaking down the sidewalk why they’re willing to stand around for 20 minutes to get organic, vegan noms from the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Are they there because meat tastes too good? Quite the contrary. Try something new. The meal possibilities are endless with plant-based foods, and there are a lot more vegan chefs, recipes, cookbooks, and grocery items now than there were ten years ago.

2. I’m an athlete and need meat for strength

Of course athletes need strength, but who said meat is the only thing we can eat to bulk up? Clearly, the people who make this excuse have never heard of the great vegan athletes who push their body to the limit on plants. Scott Jurek is a fantastic ultramarathoner who is a proud vegetarian. The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade. Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year — not once, but three times. As stated on his website, “In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.” The proof is in the peas; Jurek doesn’t need meat to set marathon records.

3. I would be unhealthy if I stopped eating meat

Yeah, if you decided to gorge on nothing but vegan cookies, chips, and processed foods, then sure, you’d be super unhealthy. Just remember our friend Jurek, who probably couldn’t run so fast and well if his vegan diet was unhealthy. The fact is that eating meat can put you at a higher risk for heart disease and high cholesterol levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, “a  National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate 4 ounces (113 grams) of red meat or more daily were 30 percent more likely to have died of any cause during a 10-year period than were those who consumed less. Sausage, luncheon meats and other processed meats also increased the risk.” Switching out that steak for tofu is definitely healthy.

4. I’m too lazy to care why I shouldn’t eat it

Ignorance isn’t bliss when that ignorance affects the rest of the planet. There are some people who open a package of processed hot dogs and state that they simply don’t care what’s in it. These are the people who never look at ingredients labels and could care less about how their actions affect the rest of us. Despite all the evidence and truth about animal cruelty in the meat industry, they don’t want to learn why they should give it up. They live by the “ignorance is bliss” mentality. However,  living in the dark is dangerous in a modern society, so wake up and smell the cruelty and fat in that bacon.

5. I am an ethical meat eater

What’s with all this marketing jargon about free-range, cruelty-free, cage-free, grass-fed, and so on? How can any practice be cruelty-free when the end result is killing the animal for food?  Plus, those labels can be misleading and are tricks to make meat-eaters more at peace with the fact that they’re stuffing dead carcass in their face. A marketing label does not necessarily match up with the practices and actions of making that food. A chicken and egg packing plant that labels itself as “cage free” only means that the animals aren’t kept in cages. It does not ensure their welfare and it does not mean they’re clucking happily on lush, green farmland. Sorry to break it to you, but your meat probably did not come from a little old farmer with overalls and a tractor.

5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat | One Green Planet.

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Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

September 26, 2014
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Source There’s An Elephant in the Room Blog

I shall start by saying that I’ve been there, I’ve been deceived – I used to follow a vegetarian diet.

I chose my words there with care; vegetarianism is a diet and the significance of this will, I hope, become clear as you read on. Until I found out about veganism, I had a nagging but unexamined notion that my consumption of eggs and dairy had to be done in an ethical manner, so I always chose ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’.  Looking back, it will always mystify me why I was able to recognise the moral significance of my victims to the extent that I realised the need to try to reduce their suffering, but I was somehow incapable of doing the tiny amount of research that it eventually took in this age of Google to realise that:

  • contrary to what many believe, all ‘products’ derived from the bodies of sentient creatures result in unspeakable suffering and in their premature death;
  • all dairy and egg production takes place as a result of brutal manipulation of the reproductive processes of sentient creatures;
  • humans have no nutritional or other need to enslave other beings and consume their secretions;
  • labels such as ‘free-range’ and ‘organic’ are marketing ploys to dupe consumers into believing their choices are ethical when in fact from the perspective of the innocent victim, they are meaningless;
  • there is at least as much – if not more - suffering and death involved in the production of eggs and dairy as there is in the production of flesh ‘products';
  • it is an oxymoron to contend that humans may exploit other beings in a ‘humane’ manner.

The definition of vegetarianism promotes speciesism

The situation is not helped at all by the explanation of the word ‘vegetarian’ provided by the ‘Vegetarian Society‘.  This definition is unfortunately the standard which the majority of suppliers of ‘vegetarian’ food seem to follow. This is particularly true of supermarket chill or freezer cabinets where packaging will frequently announce that ‘free range’ eggs have been used, or ‘organic’ milk.

In essence, this use simply enforces and legitimises the speciesism that allows consumers to continue to perpetuate unspeakable suffering and misery upon chickens, other egg ‘providers’, cows and goats. It deliberately disregards the violence that is the backbone of any ‘industry’ that commodifies sentient beings as human resources. It is particularly upsetting that these products are being sold to many who try so hard to be ethical consumers and who carefully avoid consuming the flesh of others.

I have frequently seen the contention that vegetarianism ‘is a step on the way to becoming vegan’. That may be the case, provided that the person knows about, and is transitioning to veganism. The progression is, however, by no means automatic. It’s like saying that London is on the way to New York. It is if you know about New York and are heading there, otherwise London may seem like a fine place to stop – and many do just that. They stop at vegetarianism, never realising the truth.

What veganism is – a reminder

This is the point at which it must be stressed that another element to the confusion is the perception of veganism as a diet.  It is not a diet. At the risk of repeating myself, veganism is an ethical stance that rejects the use or consumption of all beings for food, clothing, entertainment, testing or any other purpose whatsoever. It is the most simple and easily understood ethic that it is possible to imagine. There are no complex rules or provisions to memorise. If a product or practice utilises or is derived from the body of another being, a vegan rejects consumption, use or participation. What vegans eat is a consequence of their ethical stance, not the main event.

Back to dairy and eggs

As a vegan advocate, I have deliberately chosen not to explore here the health and environmental implications of ending all nonhuman use. Why?  Because I promote veganism for my nonhuman friends and kin who need my voice, not for what we as humans can get out of our ceasing to exploit them. Nevertheless, the same cursory use of Google will reveal the horrific truth to any serious enquirer.

Please see below a compilation of links that most eloquently illustrate why dairy and egg use is so insidious. The suffering and anguish of these sweet and gentle mothers and their innocent babies is not ‘opinion’, it is a fact. To continue to use the results of the brutal manipulation of the reproductive processes of these helpless and vulnerable victims of human self indulgence is not a ‘choice’ because choices do not create victims.

What’s wrong with eggs?

‘A sentient being’s body and its secretions are not things for us to eat, any more than a human being’s body and its secretions are things for us to eat. Consuming eggs (even from rescued chickens), or giving them away to people who would otherwise buy eggs from battery caged hens, does not “reduce suffering”, it legitimizes suffering, it demands suffering, It perpetuates suffering by condoning the very practice of violence we are struggling to end.

The hen may not know that her suffering body, her unfreedom, her isolation, and every misery in her life is inflicted intentionally, systematically, and solely for the sensory gratification of humans, but you do.

She may not know that the fertilized egg that brought her into existence was the result of confinement and rape, or that hens like her are the product of mass infanticide, but you do. She may not know that the cost of killing male infants, “spent” breeding parents and “spent” hens is built into the price of eggs, but you do. She may not know that, if we became vegan, the horrors that she and her kind are forced to endure would end, but you do.

Act on that knowledge. Become vegan and educate others about the violence and injustice inherent in all non-vegan choices. Rescue (don’t buy) chickens and other animals, respect their lives, and please remember to always give the eggs back to the birds: They are, after all, the only rightful owners.’

~The Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

I have lost count of the number of posts that I have seen, seeking to justify the use of eggs in particular, where ‘backyard’ egg production is frequently promoted. The essential thing to stress is that all use of eggs, wherever they come from, perpetuates the false notion of eggs as human ‘food’, thus ensuring the continuation of the abhorrent practice that is all egg production, with the billions of completely unnecessary annual deaths that this entails.

 What’s wrong with dairy?

‘It is impossible to separate our use of animals as economic resources from our exploitation of their reproductive systems.  After all, there would be no animal industries (whether on a small or a large scale), without ongoing breeding and birthing. When domesticated animals become mothers, their children belong to someone else, and not only are they nearly always separated from their young shortly after birth, but they have no power whatsoever over the future their child will be forced to endure. Although this is true for all animals living under the oppressive regime of human control (from ‘layer’ hens to ‘pet’ dogs), nowhere is it more apparent or more brutal than with cows being used for dairy production.’ ~ Angel Flinn

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It’s Beyond Heartbreaking, but There’s no Mercy for Young Animals in the Meat, Dairy and Egg Industries

September 24, 2014
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Source One Green Planet
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Humans love and cherish their babies, they spoil them, endure the pain and frustration that may come with potty-training, and do their best to ensure that no harm is ever done to their precious offspring. The same can be said for our non-human babies (i.e. companion animals) who we afford the same care and compassion we would human children. And really, who doesn’t love a baby, be it human or animal!

However, when it comes to the infants in the world of animal agriculture, there is no special care or attention afforded. In fact, the treatment of the babies in this world is quite the opposite of the way we treat our own babies. When you look at the amount of love and devotion given to companion animals, and human babies it seems pretty crazy to consider that we (as a society) have formed an entire industry around the practice of not only harming, but killing those who’ve barely had the chance to walk?

Perhaps when our own profits, and business interests are involved, we are able to look past the helplessness of a newborn, and determine that it should not be given the same respect and right to live that other living creatures are given. As an animal lover, it can be hard to consider the harm done to these poor baby animals, but perhaps only by looking at this issue head on can we hope to make a change.

An Unnatural Life Span

Almost every breed of animal used for food becomes a victim of industry practices at a shockingly young age. This infographic from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, shows the comparison between what can be considered a “natural” lifespan for many animals – like calves, turkeys, pigs, egg laying chickens and chickens used for meat – in contrast to the amount of time these animals are given under agricultural operations.

Sustainable Table and Animal Aid UK supply similar numbers. It cites that while a pig may live for six months within the meat industry, a chicken will live for only a fraction of that time – a few weeks – before being slaughtered. A “lucky” dairy cow may live up to four years, but over this time they are impregnated every year and have their calves taken away moments after birth. These animals have very little time to learn about the world in which we live, although what they do learn in that short time is not worth remembering.

While in general, the lives of farmed animals are spent all too quickly, two particular scenarios spring forward as the most merciless examples of the treatment infants experience in the agricultural industry…

Chick Culling

What goes into the making of an egg? You may have asked yourself about the lives of hens laying these eggs, but have you ever wondered where farms get a large supply of female chickens with such a slim supply of males? We can fool ourselves into thinking that maybe chickens just don’t breed males all that often, or perhaps male chicks go off and live their lives peacefully on some idyllic farmland. Yet nothing so fanciful coincides with the truth, which is that male chicks at only a few days old are “culled” or killed. Chicks are “sexed” by workers to sort out males from females, where the male half is sent to a painful and unfortunate end. The most common industry methods are carbon dioxide induced asphyxiation or maceration by high-speed grinding machines.

Sounds too cruel to be real, but sadly it is the truth. The killing of newly hatched male chicks is not just a factory farm reality, but a reality for all practices. Even backyard and small farm operations get their chicks from factory farm operationsthat sort out the males and sell only laying hens.

Veal Calves

The veal industry shares a strong connection to the dairy industry. Like in the case of male chicks in the egg-laying business, the male calves born into the dairy industry are considered a “waste” or useless byproduct of the industry into which they were born. The only way that dairy farmers can profit from male calves is to sell them for veal.

The earliest common slaughter age for veal calves stands around just a few days, while the absolute latest gives them approximately half a year to survive. During the short time they do live, calves are kept in veal crates, small enclosures that prevent the poor creature from moving at all. A common practice is to tether the neck of the calf to keep them from moving their heads. By keeping the calf immobile is considered a method to ensure the most tender meat possible.

Does Age Matter?

While the cruelty afforded to these young creatures is abhorrent, it begs the question: does it matter how early an animal dies for it to be considered an unnecessary and cruel act of slaughter or torture?

While some may cry out at the indignant nature of slaughtering infants and newborns, the fact remains: these animals will feel pain at any age, experience loss of life at any age, and be better suited for a life free of exploitation at any age. The idea of little baby cows and pigs being mercilessly beaten and thrown into piles of the deceased evokes a well of sympathy from those who cannot stand to see youth harmed, but it stands to reason that no less sympathy should be given to older animals.

Uncovering these facts is not done with the intention of valuing infant lives over all others, or to say that it is more of a tragedy when they are harmed. But rather, to make aware of the sort of conditions we would see if the animal agriculture industry were more open to sharing the details of the business. When we replace the cold barriers of the slaughterhouses and farms with glass walls and peer in, we happen to find that many victims of this practice will not live a year or more on this planet.

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Shut down fur farm

September 22, 2014
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OC: This is just one example of a deplorable fur farm; regardless of meaningless “law” all are deplorable places of wretched pain and needless suffering for ALL animals. It goes without saying, therefore, that ALL should be banned and illegalized.

BACKGROUND

The Montreal SPCA, acting on a tip, began an investigation into a fur farm north of the city in May of 2014. What they found was appalling.

Veterinarians accompanied the Montreal SPCA to the location. Immediately, several foxes were humanely euthanized due to the extent of their suffering and inability to recover.

The press release issued Thursday by the Montreal SPCA noted injuries and health issues including:

  • Dehydration
  • Emaciation
  • Toe fractures
  • Tail injuries
  • Tooth fractures
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Internal bleeding, and
  • Neurological issues.

On August 4, the Montreal SPCA and Humane Society International/Canada accompanied the Ministry of FFP to the site and seized 16 arctic foxes, as the owner of the farm did not have the appropriate permits for this particular species.

Since then, Montreal SPCA and HSI/Canada officials have urged the Minister of FFP, Laurent Lessard, to work with them in removing the remaining animals and enforce existing laws. As of today, August 13, they have received no response.

This is an outrage.

WHOM TO CONTACT

Contact info for Minister Lessard:

ministre-mffp@mffp.gouv.qc.ca

Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs
5700, 4e Avenue Ouest
Québec (Québec)  G1H 6R1

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Dear Minister Laurent Lessard,

I am writing to demand that you and the Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks (Ministère de la Forêts, Faune, et Parcs – MFFP) take immediate action to support the Montreal SPCA and prosecute the heinous crimes against animals taking place in Quebec. Only a total and complete disbanding of the “operation” will be acceptable.

Multiple inspections in recent weeks have revealed that the foxes are in critical condition and suffer from serious health problems including dehydration, emaciation, toe fractures, tail injuries, tooth fractures, ear and eye infections, internal bleeding and neurological issues. Further, the condition of these foxes has been steadily deteriorating. Wildlife experts, veterinarians, the Montreal SPCA and Humane Society International/Canada have stressed the necessity of applying provincial legislation applicable to foxes and other wildlife in captivity in order to immediately seize these animals, yet government authorities are refusing to take action.

Take the time to look at the photos and videos (http://furbearerdefenders.com/blog/graphic-content-animals-must-be-removed-from-quebec-fur-farm-today) of these animals and try to find a way to explain it away. Your role as the Minister of Forests, Fauna and Parks includes enforcement of laws when necessary. There has never been a time that has required action more than this.

As a taxpayer and a voter, I expect to see immediate and public movement from yourself and your Ministry on this important matter.

Thank you for taking the time to read this immediate appeal; I look forward to a positive resolution.

Signed,

En Francais

Cher Ministre Laurent Lessard,

Je vous transmet ce message pour vous demander, de concert avec votre Ministère, le MFFP, que vous prenez des mesures immédiates pour soutenir la SPCA de Montréal dans ce dossier. L’état des renards et des visons examinés par des professionnels médicaux est déplorable et je n’arrive pas à comprendre pourquoi votre ministère ne suit pas l’avis de la SPCA de Montréal ainsi que plusieurs experts sur la faune.

Prenez le temps de regarder les photos et les vidéos de ces animaux et essayer de trouver une façon d’expliquer comment cette situation lamentable peut être acceptable. Votre rôle en tant que Ministre des Forêts, Faune et Parcs inclut l’application de la loi si nécessaire. Il n’y a jamais eu un moment qui a nécessité une action plus que maintenant.

Comme contribuable, je m’attends à voir un mouvement publique immédiat de votre part ainsi que de votre ministère sur cette question.

http://furbearerdefenders.com/blog/graphic-content-animals-must-be-removed-from-quebec-fur-farm-today

Signed,

Please forward any correspondence received to info@furbearerdefenders.com

 

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson



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Could Veganism End World Hunger?

September 19, 2014
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Source Gentle World: for the Vegan in Everyone
By Michael Chatham

Whenever someone in the animal rights community suggests the concept of complete animal liberation, and therefore an end to the exploitation of animals, a common criticism and counter-argument to this goal is: “Humans can’t give up eating animals (or animal products), because then everyone would starve!” Not only is the idea of giving up their favorite edibles anxiety-inducing and even threatening to resolute omnivores, but it seems perfectly rational to them that, given the plight of humans around the globe who are suffering from poverty and hunger, removing animals from the world’s food supply would only exacerbate the situation. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is actually the production of animal-based foods that is one of the leading causes of world hunger.

It is estimated that a staggering 925 million humans around the world are suffering from the effects of hunger (mostly in the poor and underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa), and out of that original number, 870 million are affected with malnutrition. Those original 925 million actually outnumber the combined populace living in the United States, Canada, and the European Union. Think about that for a moment. That means that there are enough hungry people on this planet to fill up almost two entire continents. Furthermore, it must be made clear that this is not just benign hunger; the type felt by a person in the rich, developed world when they’ve missed their lunch break. Every year, starvation claims the lives of over 2.5 million children under the age of five.

However, it has been proven that there is enough food on earth to feed every last man, woman, and child. Yet, if this is the case, why do people around the world continue to starve? The answer to that question lies in large part with the production of animal-based foods, such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Even though there are enough plant-based foods grown to feed the entire human population, the majority of crops (including those grown in countries where people are starving) are fed to livestock for affluent nations, and since the amount of animal-based food produced by the farming industry is much less than the amount of plant food put into it, there is a “diminished return on the investment,” the food supply dwindles, and humans end up going hungry.

Imagine, if you would, all the food (mostly grains) that a cow would eat in the course of 18 to 24 months (which is the average age of most cows when they are slaughtered for their meat). Now imagine if you were somehow able the pile all of that food up in front of you. This massive mountain of food is what has sustained this cow for all of these months; giving him energy, allowing cells to regenerate, bones and muscles to grow, his heart to beat and his lungs to breathe. Now imagine that a slaughterhouse worker came and killed that cow, carving his body up into cuts of meat and placing these cuts of meat into a separate pile. Which of these two piles do you think would feed more people: the pile of meat that used to be his body, or the pile of food that went into creating and nourishing it? This is the stark equation that makes the animal farming industry so illogical and unsustainable.

In 2011, 883 million tons of corn, and 260 million tons of soybeans were grown globally. However, on average, 40-50% of that corn, and 80% of those soybeans are fed to farmed animals, rather than being eaten directly by humans. In 2013, scientists from the Institute on the Environment and the University of Minnesota published a study examining agricultural resources (including meat, dairy, and egg production) and the dilemma of world hunger. The scientists reached the conclusion that if all food crops were fed directly to humans instead of animals, around 70% more food would be added to the world’s supply, which would be enough to feed 4 billion additional people. That sudden surplus alone would be enough food to feed over half the humans on earth, let alone the 925 million who face hunger every day.

Cows (and the other animals we eat) are poor converters when it comes to turning food into energy and muscle, which is why it takes anywhere from 13 to-20 pounds of grain fed to a cow to produce just 1 pound of muscle mass, i.e. beef. This means that 13-20 times as many people could be fed if those grains were simply eaten by humans. Likewise, it takes around seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of pork, and 4.5 pounds of grain to produce one pound of chicken. In a 2009 study, the Worldwatch Institute stated that “…meat consumption is an inefficient use of grain—the grain is used more efficiently when consumed directly by humans. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor.”

The “diminished return on investment” scenario is further complicated when you consider the fact that cows (exploited for meat, dairy, and leather) as well as other grazing animals, were never biologically designed to eat the massive amounts of grain they are fed by the farming industry. They are ruminants, and evolved to eat grass. However, because the demand for animal products is so high in today’s society, and because farmers want to produce the most product as quickly as possible, animals are fed massive amounts of grain, such as corn. In the age of factory farming, it takes only 18-24 months for a cow to grow to the desired weight and be killed. This is thanks to a steady diet of grains (which humans could be eating) and growth hormones.

However, this is not to say that grass-fed beef is a viable alternative. Livestock grazing threatens native and endangered species through habitat destruction and displacement, and causes soil erosion, which in turn can transform fertile farmland into deserts (a process known as desertification). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that around 70% of the Amazon rainforest has been cut and burned to be used as grazing land for cattle. Ultimately, whether used for grazing or growing feed crops, the use of land and other natural resources for meat, dairy, and egg production is horribly inefficient. Sadly, this does not stop farmers in both developed and developing nations (many of which suffer from widespread hunger and starvation) from using their resources to satisfy the the world’s growing appetite for animal products.

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates poses the question, “If we pursue our habit of eating animals, and if our neighbor follows a similar path, will we not have need to go to war against our neighbor to secure greater pasturage, because ours will not be enough to sustain us, and our neighbor will have a similar need to wage war on us for the same reason?” It seems this question that was asked so many centuries ago is becoming more and more of a reality in the modern world, as many political and economic experts are predicting that future wars will be fought over food, water, land, and other valuable natural resources critical to human survival. Moreover, with the human population of the world at 7 billion and growing, these natural resources are destined to become only more precious. It has come time to do something to solve the global crisis that is world hunger, and the most rational solution should be extremely clear. In order to ensure that every person on the planet has enough food to eat, and ultimately protect our own survival, humans must look deep within themselves and choose the path that is the most compassionate, healthy, and sustainable. That path is veganism.

Sources:

Farm Sanctuary
Food and Agriculture Organization
Humane Society International
JohnRobbins.info
International Vegetarian Union
Jess McNally, Stanford Magazine
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
United Nations World Food Programme
United States Environmental Protection Agency
VegNews

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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

September 17, 2014
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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research in the UK, where as this number is closer to 20,000 in the USA.

Xander has gained quite a following and has over 3000 fans on his Facebook page ‘Xander the rescued lab cat’ where his owner posts regular pictures and updates about him.

His new (guardian) Rachel Gruen recently said on his Facebook fan page, “we are so very grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for the hundreds of thousands of laboratory animals around the world”.

 

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Missed this year, but please read for the next …

September 15, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Source International Vulture Awareness Day

Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.

The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event.

It is now recognised that a co-ordinated international day will publicise the conservation of vultures to a wider audience and highlight the important work being carried out by the world’s vulture conservationists.

On the first Saturday in September, the aim is for each participating organisation to carry out their own activities that highlight vulture conservation and awareness. This website, established in July 2009, provides a central place for all participants to outline these activities and see the extent of vulture conservation across the world

Additionally this webpage is a valuable resource for vulture workers to learn about the activities of their colleagues and to perhaps develop new collaborations or exchange information.

But you don’t have to be a zoo, bird park or conservation organisation to become involved. Our Awareness Day WikiSpace, with space for participation as well as important resources is open to everyone. Take a look at how you can become involved.

Organisations participating in 2014

Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation Lab,Lucknow, India
(AWARE) Association for Water, Applied Education & Renewable Energy, Pakistan
Accipiter Enterprises, Educational Birds of Prey, United States
African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, South Africa
Albuquerque BioPark, United States
Alula Falconry, United Kingdom
Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, United Kingdom
Animal Rescue Org, India
Arulagam, India
Asociation Trenca, Spain
Association “Les Amis des Oiseaux” (AAO) – BirdLife in Tunisia, Tunisia
Asters, Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Haute-Savoie, France
Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division/ Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail/ Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, United States
Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, United States
Awe Pono, United States
Bhaktapur Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
BIOPARC de Doué la Fontaine, France
Bird Conservation Nepal, Nepal
Birdlife Polokwane, South Africa
BirdLife Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Birds of Prey Programme, Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa
Birds of Prey Protection Foundation Belgrade, Serbia
Birds of Pune, India
Birmingham Zoo, United States
Bombay Natural History Society, India
Brookgreen Gardens, United States
Buttonwood Park Zoo, United States
Caldwell Zoo, United States
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, United States
Cape Vultures Environmetal Association, Botswana
Carolina Raptor Center, United States
Carvalho’s Friends of a Feather, Inc., United States
Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, Spain
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, United States
Channing.info, France
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, United States
CMS Raptors MoU, United Arab Emirates
Colectivo Azálvaro, Spain
Dhandatopa Forest Range & NEWS (Odisha), India
Disney’s Animal Kingdom, United States
Eagle Encounters, South Africa
Eagle Heights Wildlife Park, United Kingdom
Eskom/Endangered Wildlife Trust Strategic partnership, South Africa
Falcon Temporis Fauconnerie, France
Faruk Yalçın Zoo, Turkey
Faszination Geier, Germany
Fondo para el Refugio de las Hoces del Riaza, Spain
Forest Department, Lalitpur, India
Friends of Blouberg, South Africa
Fuerteventura Oasis Park, Spain
Gauntlet birds of prey eagle and vulture park, United Kingdom
Geierschutzinitiative GESI, Germany
Graham Bessant, United Kingdom
Grand Parc du Puy du Fou – Académie de Fauconnerie, France
Green Guard Nature Organization, India
GREPOM BirdLife Morocco, Morocco
Grifon – Birds of Prey Conservation Centre, Croatia
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, United States
Hamerton Zoo Park, United Kingdom
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, United States
Himalayan Nature, Nepal
International Anti-Poaching Foundation/Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe
International Union for Conservation of Nature, Bangladesh
Jharkhand Biodiversity Board, India
Jivdaya cheritable trust, India
Khandesh Nature Conservation Society, India
Knowsley Safari, United Kingdom
Lehigh Valley Zoo, United States
Little Rock Zoo, United States
LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux), France
MAHARASHTRA FOREST DEPARTMENT, India
Masters Of The Skies, United States
McGregor Museum, South Africa
Meadowside Nature Center, United States
Montecasino Bird Gardens, South Africa
NARREC, Namibia
National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, South Africa
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Switzerland
Nature Environment & Wildlife Society , Odisha, India
Nature Kenya, Kenya
NatureUganda, Uganda
Neo Human Foundation, India
North Carolina Zoological Park, United States
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
OASYS (MiniHollywood), Spain
Oregon Coast Aquarium, United States
Oregon Zoo, United States
Ornithological Society “Naše ptice”, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Palmitos Park, Spain
Parco Natura Viva, Italy
Parque Biológico de Gaia, Portugal
Parque Ornitológico de Lourosa, Portugal
Parque Zoológico de Lagos, Portugal
Parque Zoologico Municipal de Córdoba, Spain
Peace Valley Nature Center, United States
Pembrokeshire Falconry, United Kingdom
Pradhikar, Bangladesh
PRADHIKAR(প্রাধিকার), Bangladesh
Pretoria Centre for Cerebral Palsy, South Africa
ProBartgeier, Switzerland
QUERCUS A.N.C.N.- Associação Nacional de Proteção da Natureza, Portugal
Raptor Education Foundation, United States
Raptors Are The Solution, United States
Regional Government of Extremadura, Spain
Riserva naturale del Lago di Cornino, Italy
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, United Kingdom
SAVE / RSPB, India
Save vulture community, India
Science Association, Shardanagar; Tal. Baramati; Dist. Pune, India
Selwo Aventura, Spain
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, United States
Society for Conservation of Nature, India
Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture, Canada
Sulphur Creek Nature Center, United States
Swastishree, India
Tallahassee Museum, United States
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, United States
Terra Natura Benidorm, Spain
The Center for Birds of Prey, United States
The Corbett Foundation, India
The Parahawking Project, Nepal
The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey, United States
The Wildlife Center of Virginia, United States
The Wildlife Welfare Society, Pakistan
Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, United States
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
Toronto Zoo, Canada
Tracy Aviary, United States
Travis Audubon, United States
TreeHouse Wildlife Center, United States
Tunisia Wildlife Conservation Society (TWCS), Tunisia
UIZA-Italian Association of Zoos and Acquaria, Italy
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
University of Lucknow, India
UP State Biodiversity Board, India
Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Zimbabwe (VAWZ), Zimbabwe
Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF), Switzerland
Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) – Acción por el mundo salvaje (AMUS), Spain
Vultures namibia, Namibia
Vultures Return in Bulgaria Project, Bulgaria
WildCare, United States
Wildlife ACT (Hluhluwe), South Africa
Woodland Park Zoo, United States
World Bird Sanctuary, United States
Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, Spain
Zoo de La Barben, France
Zoo Miami, United States
Zoo Outreach Organization, India
Zoo Praha / Prague Zoo, Czech Republic
Zoo Zlin, Czech Republic
Zoobotánico de Jerez, Spain
Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom

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