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Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

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

5000 Vegans MARCH in London for Animal Rights 2017

November 13, 2017
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Source YouTube, Plant Based News

Animal Rights March London 2017: On the 2nd of September 2017, 5000 #vegans marched through the streets of #london calling for an END to all animal exploitation.

The March was conducted by uk activist group Surge Activism, HeartCure Clothing and supported by groups all over the country. The march culminated with motivational and inspirational speeches from Earthling Ed Joey Carbstrong among others. This march is the biggest of its kind in recent years.

Part 1 Intro & Ed (Earthling Winters) Speech more to follow.

More speeches and other coverage to follow…

Thanks to Jeff Knecht for his bus footage give him some love here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Egce…

Filmed at the Animal Rights March London by Calin Wynn & Robbie Lockie | Edited by Robbie Lockie

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Support Heart Cure Collective here: https://www.heartcureclothing.com

The vegans in the march where around 5000 people. In London the vegans marched for the animals. The activists where marching in London the numbers of vegan activists there where was considerable. Earthling Ed, Joey Carbstrong and a number of other people spoke at the Animal Rights March in London 2017. The day vegan activists where marching for the animals in London.


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we are challenged by
what is new
something different
perhaps hard to do
but changing for
the better
is the test
being kind
is the
best!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Combating speciesism in a time of racism

November 6, 2017
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Source NY Daily News
By Ingrid Newkirk

I’m an animal rights advocate, stuck with the problem of how to discuss discrimination based on species at a time when the news is dominated by stories of discrimination based on skin color.

When human rights hang in the balance, we who speak for animals are always told to zip it. We don’t have time to worry about other species, the argument goes, until we handle homo sapiens’ problems.

But we can’t put animal rights on the back burner when racism is on the front burner. In fact, the conversation becomes only more urgent now. Not just because the vast majority of the hate mail that animal rights groups like PETA receive is from self-identified sexists, homophobes, grinning trophy and “varmint” hunters, and people who spell out hateful messages with the bodies of rabbits and coyotes they’ve shot.

We know so much nowadays about animal intelligence and the cruelty hidden in the slaughterhouse, the circus and trophy hunting that it can’t be right to put that aside. In fact, by recognizing that obligation, we may even learn something about how to treat those who are closest to us.

Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA, who also brought and won the first court case about child abuse, said that if you teach a child to care for a caterpillar, you do as much for the child as you do for the caterpillar. And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” when he was criticized for objecting to the Vietnam war by those who thought he should restrict his activism to fighting racial discrimination.

Bullying and violence don’t stop at the human door any more than they stop at the race or gender door.

If ever there were a time to examine the principle behind our objections to the practices and beliefs that result in disrespect toward and discrimination against anyone — women, people with disabilities, people of various races and religions, and other living beings — it is now.

Watch old films like “The Thin Man,” and you will shake your head at scene after scene of all-male decisionmakers, women treated like and referred to as “dolls” and “cutie pies,” black men visible only as subservient shoe shiners and waiters, black women appearing only as maids, stereotypes of Asians directed to use phrases like “No tickee, no laundry.”

Most of us are ashamed of those earlier times of limited understanding of “others,” and are glad they are behind us. So how, then, can we justify treating other sentient, thinking, feeling, living beings, as meals on the hoof, future handbags, cheap burglar alarms and slaves as many do today? We can’t, and that demands a broader discussion about prejudice.

Longtime PETA supporter Russell Simmons says, “I went vegan more than 15 years ago because cruelty is cruelty, whether it’s to blacks, whites, children, the elderly, dogs, cats, pigs or chickens.” He echoes the words of Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, whose family fled the Holocaust and who said, “I didn’t become a vegetarian for my health. I did it for the health of the chickens.”

And of Alice Walker, who wrote, “The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”

It has been a few years now since over a dozen prominent scientists and philosophers issued the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, calling on humanity to recognize the rights of other species, with the words: “The weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing then neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess (them).”

Animal rights proponents embrace the words of civil rights activist and feminist Audre Lorde, who believed, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.”

Those of us working to break down the prejudices against animals are the same people who are advocating for human rights and challenging hate groups. Because we know that prejudice in all its ugly forms is wrong. It doesn’t matter who the victim is, but when we witness oppression, we should never let it go unchallenged.

Newkirk is president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.






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why do some choose to pursue
a false hierarchy view
when we are all equal
in the heart and eyes
of the one
who created us,
true!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

I Became a ‘Humane Farmer’ to Help Animals; I Should Have Gone Vegan

October 30, 2017
by
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Gustaf Soderfeldt on his vegetable farm. Source Free From Harm

Source Free From Harm
By

I started out as a small scale “humane farmer” back in 2006. Farming grew out of my involvement with, and passion for, the whole “back-to-the-land,” “grow your own,” sustainable food movement.

I raised free range pigs, sheep, goats and chickens, and I opened a shop for local, organic foods that sold meat and vegetables from my farm, as well as from others nearby.

But while running the shop, my ideas around, and options for, “ethical meat” began to crumble. I soon realized that, because producing meat is as unnecessary as it is violent, ethical meat is an impossibility whenever it is possible to grow plentiful plant-based foods.

Too, more than anything, I believe my customers saw the local, organic, “ethical meat” and dairy labels as an excuse to continue eating all types of meat and animal products generally. And that is because, more than anything, humane labels still designate animal lives as so inherently inferior and existentially worthless that breeding, exploiting and killing them for completely unnecessary reasons can still be embraced, celebrated even, as “ethical” and “humane.”

It may sound funny to say, but I discovered veganism through YouTube, and it was there that I learned it was a healthy, viable option. My world as a small-scale, ethical meat producer was totally turned upside down. I closed the shop, stopped raising animals, and became active in the vegan community. Now, together with my spouse Caroline, I run the farm totally veganically [without animal manure, blood or bones, or any other animal inputs].

Please read more HERE







every little tip toe
every step
every way
our ranks are
swelling with
kindness,
every day!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Adele – Hello [Official Vegan Parody]

October 23, 2017
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Source YouTube
Light Twins

Adele – Hello [Official Vegan Parody} – We thought that music would be a great way spread the vegan message! This is our first song and really we hope you like it! This song is for all the animals out there and to the dream of a world vegan! Preformed : Treena Strong Written : Treena Strong and Light Twins Recorded & edited : Nytmare (Lel brothas / lel nation on Facebook & Twitter) LELNation.com & Wei Kei Thapilot beatemirates.com (@ ykthepilot on twitter) Big thanks to our friends (check them out!) Directed & edited : Light Twins Produced : Light Twins

Lyrics – Adele – Hello [Vegan Parody] * Say no, to meat * It’s a wonder how you’ll fall in love with what you use to eat * They’re not fowl, pork or beef * If you’re disassociating, then you are just not seeing * Outgrown alone and hungry * they are captive living out their short lives in a factory * since they were young they dreamed * To escape and find a place to feel the grass beneath their feet * There’s no difference between us * We all feel pain * now I’m on the vegan side * so I can save a thousand lives * don’t be sorry for, everything we’ve done wrong * it’s a journey, this path lead, to where we belong * changing from the inside * can make a difference worldwide * it’s time to, think more, about everyone else * we can’t be just thinking, of only ourselves * Anymore * it shows, the devastation * clear-cutting all the forest for the cattle population * it’s not sustainable * using animals as A resource is unexplainable * It’s no secret that all of us * Are running out of time * now I’m on the vegan side * so I can save a thousand lives * don’t be sorry for everything we’ve done wrong * it’s a journey, this path lead, to where we belong * changing from the inside * can make a difference worldwide * it’s time to think more about everyone else * we can’t be just thinking of only ourselves * Anymore, ooooohh * Anymore, ooooohh * Anymore, ooooohh * Anymore, Anymore * hard to tell what’s wrong from right * We’ve been told a thousand lies * I’ll tell you the truth about what can be done * be apart of the, big changes to come * Allow your heart to open wide * connecting to your humane side * It’s time, to be, the change you want to see * it’s not too late to change, from who you don’t want to be *

Anymore Social Links: YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/lighttwins11 Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/LightTwins Instagram – https://instagram.com/light_twins_henry Instagram – Instagram – https://instagram.com/lighttwins Extro Music – Jim Yosef – Lights [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb3ks…








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in tune with where our hearts
reside.
a word a note
can turn the tide

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

The Normalization of Nonhuman Oppression in Education

October 16, 2017
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Source Free From Harm
By

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Artwork courtesy of Dana Ellyn, Summer School, 10″x13″ acrylic on photo, available: new.danaellyn.com

One of the greatest challenges faced by the animal liberation community is the normalization of violence against, and captivity of, nonhumans that is imposed upon human children. This is widely discussed as problematic with respect to events in a child’s life, such as visiting a zoo or a circus, or attending a Fourth of July barbecue. As I recently became a literacy tutor specializing in elementary school students, I find that this is also prevalent in the materials one is expected to use as well as those provided by both public and private elementary schools.

Reading Skills Grade 3, published by Flash Kids, is one of many widely available workbooks used by tutors to provide support to elementary school students who are not reading at grade level. (The number of such students in New York City is astounding; as of 2013, a staggering seventy-four percent of students in grades 3-8 in New York City were reading below grade level. In 2015, nationally, nearly one-third  of 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade students read below “basic” level, while just over one-third read at or above “proficiency.”) This workbook includes a number of exercising regarding paragraphs. One section pertains to finding the main idea— students are given a brief paragraph and then asked to choose from four options which best states the main idea of what they have just read.

I was disappointed to find when I first began working with this book that a significant number of the passages related to some form of animal exploitation. One passage had to do with the responsibilities of being a zookeeper, with no regard whatsoever for the victim’s perspective— what it’s like to be a “zoo animal.” The passage, of course, glorified the role of zookeeper and depicted it as a nonhuman animal’s friend and caretaker. In short, it described zookeepers as they might describe themselves, glorifying the captor while ignoring the captive. Another passage described a young boy’s dedication to fishing in such a way that it appeared almost admirable. The focus of said passage was on his patience and determination, not on the act of murder to which he was so devoted. Indeed, in the passage, the boy never actually caught a fish; but we are supposed to admire him for waiting all day and all night, not making a sound, determined to reach his goal.

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until we recognize our own “animal” state
our fellow beings will still suffer terrible fates.
we must learn and teach that in the eyes of the
creator,
whatever his/her name
we are all his/her children…
one and the same!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Vegan Hero

October 9, 2017
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Source Veganism A Truth Whose Time Has Come
By

My vegan hero is Leslie Cross; an early pioneer of the vegan movement and the man who is responsible for bringing about a literal definition of veganism that equated it with animal rights. Although the first Vegan Society was formed by Donald Watson and 5 members in 1944, it was not until 1949 that Leslie J. Cross pointed out that the society lacked an official definition. He then suggested: “the principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man”. This was later clarified to “seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man”. The definition was again changed in 1979.
In spring of 1951, Leslie Cross wrote an essay in the early vegan publication which concluded with the following quote: “A great and historic wrong, whose effect upon the course of evolution must have been stupendous, would be righted. The idea that his fellow creatures might be used by man for self-interested purposes would be so alien to human thought as to be almost unthinkable. In this light, veganism is not so much welfare as liberation, for the creatures and for the mind and heart of man; not so much an effort to make the present relationship bearable, as an uncompromising recognition that because it is in the main one of master and slave, it has to be abolished before something better and finer can be built. ~~ Veganism is in truth an affirmation that where love is, exploitation vanishes. It possesses historical continuity with the movement that set free the human slaves. Were it put into effect, every basic wrong done to animals by man would automatically disappear. At its heart is the healing power of compassion, the highest expression of love of which man is capable. For it is a giving without hope of a getting. And yet, because he would free himself from many of the demands made by his own lower nature, the benefit to man himself would be incalculable.”
~Leslie Cross, (Vice-President, The Vegan Society)
39, Willow Crescent East, Uxbridge, Middx.

I saw a SILK commercial on television last night and thought of Leslie Cross and how happy he would be to see this mainstream advertisement of a plant-milk, as well as all the many vegan milks on the market today. In June of 1956, Leslie Cross founded the Plantmilk Society, which in 1972 became Plamil Foods, in the United Kingdom. He became a vegan in 1942, and at that time argued that dairy-milk production was cruel and exploitative. The first plant milk was fortified with calcium, vitamins B2, B12 and D2. In 1965 Plantmilk Ltd had Cross as its first full-time employee.

An obituary by early vegan pioneer; Kathleen Jannaway appeared in the spring 1980 issue that read:

“Leslie Cross, vegan for 35 years, founder member of the Vegan Society, and of the Plantmilk Society, died peacefully in his sleep on 2nd December, 1979. Inspired by his deep love of all life he looked forward to the day when plant milks would be generally used and a great burden thus lifted from the gentle cow. He was managing director of Plantmilk Ltd when it was at Langley, Bucks, was Secretary of the Plantmilk Society until his death, and often used his skill as a journalist to write on behalf of animals. We offer our sympathy to his wife, Constance, who worked so hard with him to forward the cause of animal compassion, and to his son and daughter, who were fine examples of vegan children.”

Thank-you Vegan Information Project (Ireland) for the posters with his quotes.









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this man was love personified
he found his truth
and he always tried
to share that love
he felt so strong.
it takes a world of compassion
to make this world
get along.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

SHARK Exposes Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)

October 2, 2017
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Source YouTube SHARK

Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) claims to do science-based evaluations of animal protection organizations, however, SHARK is exposing that as being false. The problem is that ACE reviews – which are important because those who receive “top Charity” status can potential make millions in donations – appear to be biased in favor of one particular person, an activist named Nick Cooney. How is it possible that with over 20,000 animal organizations in the US alone, only organizations connected to Nick Cooney receive “Top Charity” status? Harrison Nathan’s essays about ACE: https://medium.com/@harrisonnathan/re-evaluating-animal-charity-evaluators-c164231406f7

SHARK’S letters to ACE:

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1731-ACE-Letter1

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1734-ACE-Letter2

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1732-ACE-Letter3

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1733-ACE-Letter4

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1735-ACE-Letter5

http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/charity-cops/1730-merritt-clifton-on-animal-charity-evaluators

For more information about waste, incompetence, laziness and fraud in the animal protection movement, please go to CharityCops.com *We have been alerted that Vegan Outreach was once, at the very start of ACE, briefly listed as a Top Charity. What’s interesting is that we could find no mention of this on ACE’s website, but it was found on an internet archive website with ACE’s old website. Apparently ACE was caught in a controversy about a study on leafletting involving VO (see Mr. Nathan’s essays) and we have been told that information was removed from the ACE site because of this. We must also note that Vegan Outreach had ties to Mr. Cooney as well, including him having his own page on the VO website, so this only adds to our claims about his relations to Top Charities. We will have more on this in a future video. On August 9, 2017, the blog Animals 24-7 posted an article about SHARK’s efforts to expose ACE. You can review the article at: http://www.animals24-7.org/2017/08/09/new-shark-charitycops-site-exposes-animal-charity-evaluators/








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is there no place where the corrupt
and greedy
do not take away from
the kind and needy.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

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