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Fur-Free Friday

November 24, 2014
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Source PETA

See IDA’s list HERE

See international list HERE

This holiday season, join PETA in getting into the #ShopVegan spirit (and urge others to do the same)! Let’s take Fur-Free Friday, November 28 (the busiest vegan shopping day of the year), to the next level by encouraging consumers to leave ALL animal products behind and to kick off #WoolFreeWinter.

When: Friday, November 28
Where: Everywhere! (Scroll down for a list of all of the events)
What: Spread the cruelty-free love by encouraging everyone you know to #ShopVegan!

UNITED STATES
Arizona
Scottsdale: https://www.facebook.com/events/570748819737939

California
Fresno: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417862651806874
Los Angeles (3 locations for protests): https://www.facebook.com/events/1576864205868306
Palo Alto: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fur-Free-Friday-Palo-Alto/517447681692151
Riverside: https://www.facebook.com/events/293115527549213
Sacramento: https://www.facebook.com/events/405098962971303
San Diego: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544030532476842
San Francisco: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532689270282293
San Luis Obispo: https://www.facebook.com/events/1512746628983887
Costa Mesa (Saturday): https://www.facebook.com/events/1531845483723315

Colorado
Colorado Springs:
https://www.facebook.com/events/740099719370498/

Delaware
Greenville: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416177005298542/

Florida
Orlando:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1514029025536054/

Kentucky
Lexington:
https://www.facebook.com/events/614301178678788/
Louisville:
https://www.facebook.com/events/725044684217889/

Louisiana
New Orleans:
https://www.facebook.com/events/383968091758069/

Minnesota
Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/657198687730290/

Missouri
Kansas City:
https://www.facebook.com/events/343906672437335/
St. Louis:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1404160093207753/?source=1

Nevada
Las Vegas: https://www.facebook.com/events/355891414584155

Ohio
Columbus (Fur-Free Saturday):
https://www.facebook.com/events/674490239325221/

Oregon
Portland: https://www.facebook.com/events/1488650711401072

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia:
https://www.facebook.com/events/727815663964924/
Whitehall: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590897904463690/

Texas
Dallas: https://www.facebook.com/events/681520508612709/
Houston: RSVP to houstonanimalrights@yahoo.com

South Carolina
Greenville: RSVP to kirchbergersandra@yahoo.com

Virgina
Richmond:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948afab23a46-furfree
Norfolk:
https://www.facebook.com/events/303194119870549/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

CANADA
British Columbia
Vancouver:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1498761367063581

Ontario
Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/464692353669828

Can’t hold an event but still want to get involved? Spread the word about Fur-Free Friday! E-mail us at ATeam@peta.org, and we’ll be happy to help you out! And please post links and images of your favorite cruelty-free products on this day to show others just how easy it is to #ShopVegan.

Resources

PETA’s brand-new “How to Plan a Demonstration” video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCUqPSnfzqQ

Beauty Without Bunnies, an online database of cruelty-free beauty and personal-care products and companies
http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/beauty-without-bunnies.aspx.

Wool investigative video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zHjY9Pc0Nk&list=UUmQRypK6kAcujJAlYZpFW8Q

PETA’s “100% Skinned Off ” “sale” tags
http://www.peta.org/action/home-action-expose-fur-cruelty/

PETA items and other animal-friendly products for sale
http://www.peta.org/shop/default.aspx.

 

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Painful truth or comforting lies – it’s up to us.

November 21, 2014
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Source There’s an Elephant in the Room blog

There is absolutely no morally relevant difference between human beings and those nonhuman beings upon whom we prey. We are all self aware. We form family and social bonds and share relationships with others. The mother and child bond is particularly strong and evident across all species. We communicate; we are capable of experiencing pleasure; we are capable of experiencing suffering; and we are all capable of feeling fear. Every single one of us will seek to avoid pain. We value our lives; they matter to us. In short, we all share the quality of sentience.

Painful truth

There is absolutely no way for humans to obtain the body parts and secretions of others without causing unspeakable suffering, exploiting their reproductive systems, mutilating and confining them, killing their children and taking from them every single thing that we would define as the things that make our own human lives worth living.  

Not content with these atrocities, we use the skins (in some cases the tender, fragile skins of their unborn children – yes, really),  we use fibres and feathers torn often from their living, pain wracked flesh, we test chemicals upon and within the trembling agony of their anguished bodies, and we perversely choose to call ‘entertainment’ the results of our having broken and bent their innocence and vulnerability to our will.  And yet, despite this, there is absolutely no nutritional or other need for humans to consume or to use in any way, the bodies of other sentient beings. 

So why do we keep on doing it?

Although this is scientifically proven truth, for most of us, the reason that we have never confronted or examined our behaviour is because it has always been more comfortable to accept without challenge the myths we were taught as babes. These are reinforced by the prevailing customs of a highly speciesist society where independent thought that goes ‘against the current’ is not particularly encouraged. Whilst we are in no doubt whatsoever that the actions and processes detailed above would constitute extreme and violent torture if carried out on ourselves or our children, we somehow find it easy to overlook the harm and unspeakable cruelty when it is being done to victims of a different species, while continuing to tell ourselves what good people we are. We are, nevertheless, the perpetrators of the worst horrors imaginable, unavoidably responsible despite being removed to a sufficient distance where we do not need to listen to their screams and their futile pleas for mercy; to a distance where the gore and dismembered corpses have been neatly sanitised into almost unidentifiable packages on supermarket shelves.

We all say we care

And the ultimate irony is that almost every single one of us claims to care for animals; claims to abhor ‘cruelty’, and is quick to declare our unequivocal condemnation of those whom we consider to harm animals. And the exploitation industries have been extremely quick to spot a commercial opportunity in this, cynically adopting the language and terminology of care and concern. The word ‘compassion’ is bandied about freely, as are the words ‘humane’ and ‘welfare’.

Comforting lies

Our inbuilt resistance to change has been easily soothed by this terminology and so many of us have fallen into the trap of considering that our use of others must surely be acceptable because of the comforting reassurance being poured in our ears from so many quarters.  These ‘quarters’  are invariably those that – if we would only take time to consider – have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo where living, breathing, helpless and vulnerable beings exist in a hell of our making and are looked on as commodities, as ‘products’ to generate revenue.

No right way to do the wrong thing

However, as I mentioned earlier, there is absolutely no way for humans to obtain the body parts and secretions of others without causing suffering so sickening that we shy away from even considering it. Yet no matter how long we look, we will never find a way to make this fundamental injustice anything other than what it is; an outrage of epic proportions on a global scale, an annual massacre of trillions (including marine beings) to support nothing other than the self indulgence of a blinkered species.

Once we understand this, the only logical action is for us to follow our moral compass towards veganism, after all, it’s what we already believe in.  Veganism is true justice and nonviolence in action. Become vegan and your only regret will be that it took you so long!

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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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Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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Nonhuman Rights Project – Working Toward Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals

November 17, 2014
by
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Source Nonhuman Rights Project

Please sign petition HERE

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.

Donate HERE

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Take PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide along with you next time you head to the store! The handy guide will help you find humane products at a glance. Order a FREE copy HERE

Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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

November 14, 2014
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Source Care2
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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.

Click HERE for PETA’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing

Order a FREE vegan kit: http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/free-vegetarian-starter-kit.aspx

Take PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide along with you next time you head to the store! The handy guide will help you find humane products at a glance. Order a FREE copy HERE

Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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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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Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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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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Take PETA’s Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide along with you next time you head to the store! The handy guide will help you find humane products at a glance. Order a FREE copy HERE

Want to do more than go vegan? Help others to do so! Click on the below for nominal, or no, fees to vegan literature that you can use to convince others that veganism is the only compassionate route to being an animal friend.

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