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

2018 Veggie Pride Parade in NYC

May 21, 2018

Source YouTube, Donny Moss

As hundreds of New Yorkers took to the streets of Greenwich Village to participate in the 2018 Veggie Pride Parade, many onlookers spoke to TheirTurn on camera to give their honest feedback about the parade and its message.

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if we are going to have any future at all
our lives and plates must be kind…
and that is all!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


The Victims of Gun Violence Politicians Won’t Talk About

May 14, 2018

Source HuffPost
By Jay Shooster

This piece was co-authored by Rockwell Schwartz, recent graduate of Vassar College’s Science, Technology, & Society program.

A shooting is happening right now at Vassar College. It is the fourth the campus has seen in the past six years. Over 115 have already been killed, their blood spilled on the college fields. Yet, it’s unlikely you’ve heard anything about it. The national media remains silent; not even the local news has covered the grieving families or lost friends. No candlelight vigils, no memorials, no communal mourning, as the victims remain unidentified and seemingly forgotten.

What’s happening at Vassar College should be shocking, but similar shootings have been largely ignored across the country. The annual death toll climbs well into the millions, yet there is no accurate record of the casualties. Why? Because the victims were born as members of the wrong species.

In the brewing national discussion on gun violence, the most numerous victims—animals—are left out of the conversation. For every human life taken by a gun, hundreds, if not thousands, of nonhuman lives have also been taken. Yet for these victims, gun control advocates not only erase their deaths, but also actively promote and protect the killings. We fail to label the unnecessary killing of animals as gun violence, and instead we euphemize and romanticize it as “sportsmanship.”

But hunting is gun violence. A bullet ripping through flesh, puncturing arteries, taking a life is violence no matter the victim’s species. And these deaths are far from as clean and easy as often presented: One study found that more than 1 in 10 deer died only after two or more shots, often suffering for over 15 minutes prior to death. White Buffalo, Inc.—an organization hired by Vassar College to conduct killings on its campus—became the subject of a lawsuit following undercover footage collected at one of its shoots. In one video, a mother deer is shot in the head right in front of her two fawns and she is seen still kicking as a park ranger places a plastic bag over her head. Even when hunting is carried out by paid professionals, there is still suffering and a surge of cortisol-driven terror.

One obstacle to seeing nonhumans as victims of gun violence is our tendency to reduce them to an anonymous collective. Victims matter more to us when we can see them as individuals, such as the rescued animals of Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui. We connect to the animals there as individuals because we know their stories. Particularly compelling is the relationship between Veronica the deer and Berney the wild boar. Veronica was rescued after hunters shot her mother in front of her when she was just a fawn. Berney wandered onto the sanctuary as a piglet, clearly also orphaned and searching for safety. Today, these two individuals, both members of commonly hunted species, live in safety. The sanctuary shares anecdotes of Veronica teasing Berney out of jealousy and Berney running over when his name is called. Once we see Veronica and Berney as unique individuals with their own personalities, interests, relationships, and needs, it becomes clear that shooting them would be an act of violence.

At some level, most of us understand that killing animals is wrong. Nobody feels good about telling a child that hunters shot Bambi’s mom. Even staunch hunting advocates will describe it as a necessary evil. Conversely, the public is captivated by stories of hunters saving the animals they had intended to kill. We love to watch the once-villain put his own safety on the line to help an animal in need. We care about these animals and sympathize with their suffering so much that a video posted last month of one doe’s rescue has already garnered over a million views. Understanding their deaths as gun violence—and including their interests in the national conversation—is the logical conclusion.

Following the statements of President Obama, who speaks of his respect for hunters, 2016’s three Democratic hopefuls have paradoxically condemned gun violence while ensuring that gun violence against animals continues undisturbed. This week, Bernie Sanders emphasized that his support for gun safety legislation would “not negatively impact” the hunting community. Hillary Clinton has also noted her “respect” for hunters, and whitewashed the killing of animals simply as “part of a way of life.” Meanwhile, Martin O’Malley has notoriously overseen the controversial Maryland black bear trophy hunt. He touts Maryland’s “comprehensive” gun safety legislation for not interrupting “a single person’s hunting season,” while he criticizes the records of both Sanders and Clinton as inconsistent on gun violence. In the end, it seems all three Democratic candidates, as well as President Obama, are pandering to conservative hunting advocates (and selling out the animals) to market a more palatable plan to stop gun violence against human beings.

We ought to demand more of progressive politicians. The majority of Americans believe that hunting animals is wrong. We must demand that they stop using animals’ lives as bargaining chips to appear moderate or reasonable on gun control. There is absolutely nothing to “respect” about the unnecessary killing of animals. There is nothing wholesome about shooting individuals who want to be free from harm. Hunting is gun violence, and it’s time we start acting like it.

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put away your rifles
pistols and guns
the taking of lives
is no sane persons
idea of fun!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


2018 Conscious Eating Conference Videos

May 7, 2018

Source United Poultry Concerns (UPC)

UPC’s 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference Saturday, March 10th, in Berkeley, California, was a huge success! We had an incredibly high caliber of speakers this year who gave insightful and in-depth presentations on important animal rights issues. Enjoy the videos and be sure to join us next year! We thank everyone who attended our conference this year, and we thank our speakers for providing so much nourishing food for thought and action!

All videos in one; presenters include the following:

Justin Van Kleeck, PhD
Animal Farming and the Roots of Speciesism

Adam Karp
Veganic Lawyering, Carnivore-Keeping, and Natalist Ruminations

Karen Davis, PhD
Don’t Just Switch From Beef to Chicken

John Sanbonmatsu, PhD
Lady Macbeth at the Rotisserie: ‘Femivores,’ Violence, and the New Maternalism in Animal Agriculture

Hope Bohanec
Sentience in the Sea

Clifton Roberts
The Humane Party – Animals, Politics, and the Future

Panel Discussion
Question & Answer Session





See previous years HERE courtesy Veg4Life

You Will Never Look at Your Life in the Same Way Again | Eye-Opening Speech!

April 30, 2018

Source YouTube
By Earthling Ed

Watch the eye-opening speech that was given to thousands of students in universities across the UK.

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Domination Games

April 23, 2018

Source Humane Myth
By James LaVeck and Jenny Stein

Coming to terms with a culture of power abuse in the institutional animal advocacy movement 

Justice is not achieved, nor maintained, without sacrifice. Confronting troubling issues within one’s own family, or within one’s movement, is messy, scary, and often costly. But sometimes, it is necessary.

As we write these words, there are individuals in the US animal movement who are being harmed or have been harmed by abuses of power carried out by those with high levels of influence and status. Secrets, lies, and aggressive suppression of criticism have enabled personal damage and betrayal of public trust to continue.

As a community, we animal advocates need to support victims when they come forward. We also need to encourage witnesses to speak out. Board members and others in positions of oversight must dramatically up their game, or, in some cases, step down. None of this will be easy. It will take courage on the part of many.

Secrets, lies, and aggressive suppression of criticism have enabled personal damage and betrayal of public trust to continue.

A culture of power abuse

For twenty years, we have witnessed a culture of power abuse grow within the US institutional animal advocacy movement, which we define as a group of multi-million dollar organizations whose competitive mentality and hierarchical structure mirrors that of for-profit corporations. Now, allegations have surfaced in the media of inappropriate sexual conduct and power abuse by former CEO Wayne Pacelle and former Vice President Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with former Executive Vice President Nick Cooney of Mercy for Animals. While none of this is a surprise to many veteran activists, it should signal the beginning of a long overdue course correction for our movement.

Our own personal experience as social justice filmmakers has given us a unique perspective, because our means of working for change has connected us with people in a wide range of contexts, including activism, education, politics, philanthropy, law, and the arts. Of all the different settings in which we’ve done our work, sadly, the most predictably toxic, destructive and exploitative has been that of institutional animal advocacy.

Thankfully, our work has given us the opportunity to closely collaborate with a large number of grassroots activists at the local and regional level. These individuals are among the most genuine, compassionate, and hardworking we have ever met. To us, they are the spiritual descendants of those citizen activists in past eras who took up causes like women’s rights or the abolition of human slavery, before they were popular, when few people in society had the imagination to realize that terrible injustices were taking place, and even fewer had the courage to publicly confront them. Such everyday heroes of our own era have been our role models and teachers. Making films and other educational tools to empower their efforts has been the honor of our lives.

In stark contrast, the more experience we have had with the higher ranks of the institutional movement hierarchy, right up to the top leadership of some prominent national organizations, the more we have encountered individuals whose cynicism, arrogance, narcissism, and addiction to domination are nothing short of breathtaking.

Sexual harassment is but one of several ways that influential leadership figures have compulsively preyed on those serving the cause.

Losing a generation

Sexual harassment, now widely understood to be more about domination than sex, is but one of several ways that influential leadership figures, not all of them men, have compulsively preyed on those serving the cause.

We have seen credit for the work of brave investigators, animal rescuers and community activists stolen by large organizations that should have been supporting, not undermining, their efforts.

We have seen promising academic careers sabotaged by demagogues viciously discrediting former students and associates who dared to express ideas of their own.

We have seen talented journalists whose refusal to toe the line cost them their platform for reaching the public.

We have seen celebrity supporters and key funders of grassroots organizations wooed away by corporatized charities.

We have seen well-intended members of the public duped into believing they are “helping animals” by eating their dismembered body parts adorned with “humane” labels.

We have seen idealistic activists pressured into taking part in the killing of animals who could have been saved.

We have seen some individuals so traumatized by such violations that they were driven to acts of self-damage, or had to spend years of their lives attempting to heal.

 And yes, we have seen vibrant, beautiful young people “plucked” from the ranks of new activists who ever appear on the scene, eager to make a difference. Instead they are used as “arm candy,” for sex, or for the cultish self-aggrandizement of leadership figures. Others are recruited to be the focal points of sexist activism campaigns, or, perversely, to create a confusing cloak of open-hearted goodness around figures who are habitually dishonest and abusive.

As it dawned on us one day, “this is a movement that consumes its young.” The addictions of leadership figures and those who enable them have generated such havoc, and disillusioned so many, that they have created a lost generation.

As it dawned on us one day, “this is a movement that consumes its young.”

Rotting from the inside out

Over the time we have been involved, starting in the late 1990’s, the US movement has come to be influenced more and more by the consumerist celebrity culture that has sapped our national vitality. Making matters worse, key leadership figures have actively promoted the methods and mindset of Washington political operatives. The result has been an increasingly cynical, manipulative and intellectually dishonest approach to many aspects of advocacy work.

In this unhealthy climate, wave after wave of new activists have become fodder for the “domination games” played by “celebrity” leaders and those in their inner circles. With cool detachment, they rapidly sort out who has something useful to offer their personal and organizational agendas, be it money, fame, political connections, creative talents, dedication, loyalty, or, as recent events have demonstrated, sexual appeal in the eyes of someone in power.

Patterns of serial abuse now being exposed in other segments of society are causing an awakening about the high cost of complicity and indifference. Like many other people, we recently watched the victims’ testimony against the disgraced physician who, in the course of his career, molested over 250 young gymnasts associated with the US Olympic program. In the faces of those young women as they publicly confronted their abuser, we saw no expressions of triumph, no gleeful vengeance, no sense of final resolution or peace. What we saw were the heavy eyes of those whose innocence had been stolen from them by a deranged person whose abuses were allowed to continue despite many victims coming forward. Such a profound level of disillusionment cannot be created by just one destructive individual. It is systemic. It involves many people looking the other way, or worse.

There was one moment of testimony that especially haunts us. It was when gymnast and activist Aly Raisman, in calling for an investigation of what, and who, enabled such outrageous abuse, declared that “USA Gymnastics is an organization that is rotting from the inside.” Our assessment is similar: Major segments of the US institutional animal advocacy movement are, like USA Gymnastics, rotting from the inside out.

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power corrupts
be it
large or small
but the greatest
power is kindness
which is not
at all.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


Readers on Korean dog meat trade: If this practice outrages you, try veganism

April 16, 2018

Source USA Today
By Beth Levine

Thank you for USA TODAY’s article “Winter Olympics shine light on Korean dog meat trade”. Most of us do not have any direct impact on what happens to dogs at the Korean Peninsula, but each of us make daily choices about what happens to pigs, turkeys, cows and other animals akin to dogs and humans in their sentience.

The question isn’t how much they suffer in their lives and deaths. The question is do we continue to kill animals when we don’t need to? A well-balanced plant-based diet is healthy. Research shows this. Vegan athletes show this. And the American Dietetic Association, Kaiser Permanente and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine support a vegan diet. If you are outraged and sickened by dogs ending up on the plates of others, would you honor your values of compassion, fairness and justice for other animals by going vegan?

Beth Levine; Rockville, Md.

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and when the spacemen finally land
they see our planet,
lush and grand
filled with humans
upon whom to dine.
eating meat then is
no good
when man
sits on the tine.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


Is dairy the new tobacco?

April 9, 2018

Source The WireBy Gene Baur
Gene Baur is the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, a national farm animal protection organization.

As the Congress scrambled to pass a funding bill to prevent another government shutdown, a well-heeled set of operatives was hard at work behind the scenes, ensuring that our government ramps up subsidies for a cruel, wasteful and irresponsible industry: factory-farming dairy production.

This is not something you’re likely to read in the news — because, frankly, it’s nothing new. For decades, agribusiness has been pulling levers in the U.S. Capitol, and billions of our tax dollars have been wasted in propping up our antiquated dairy industry, one of the most deeply entrenched interests in Washington, D.C.

These days, its cadre of lobbyists, bolstered by campaign contributions to politicians, is seeking to appropriate and misuse government resources to keep dairy farmers in business even as the demand for dairy products has dropped. Hundreds of millions of pounds of cheese and butter sit in reserve, millions of pounds of excess milk are being spilled out onto fields, and yet our government continues to invest in a broken system. It is time for the government to stop supporting this harmful and abusive industry.

These dairy pushers aren’t just encouraging wastefulness, they’re also misleading American families, who are led to believe that cows’ milk is actually good for us. In fact, cows’ milk is for baby calves, not humans — and we can live well and obtain all the nutrients we need, including calcium, without consuming dairy or other animal products.

Exploiting animals for food is inherently inefficient, and requires that we grow vast quantities of corn, soy, and other crops to feed them. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of our planet’s most significant environmental threats, including the depletion of water and other precious resources and the destruction of rainforests and natural ecosystems. It is a primary cause of the earth’s loss of biodiversity, and is a leading contributer to climate change rivaling the entire transportation industry. More than a quarter of all greenhouse gas are a direct result of the food system.

Large-scale factory-farm operations (also known as confined animal feed operations) produce enormous quantities of manure which is stored in lagoons and spread on fields, contaminating the land, water, and air.

The health and quality of life of the people living nearby is diminished and their property values drop because of the foul odors and toxic emissions. Sullied groundwater leaches into streams, polluting drinking water and contributes to fish kills. Rather than requiring that industrial farms act as responsible stewards, federal tax dollars are used to enable and support their irresponsible practices.

Environmental and human health risks are exacerbated by the indiscriminate use of antibiotics on factory farms, which has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. These present risks to consumers who eat contaminated food, and they also pose risks in the environment, where antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been found in groundwater. When people are sickened, formerly life-saving drugs can be rendered useless.

For decades, American schoolchildren have had cows’ milk foisted on them, along with artery-clogging cheese and other fat-laden animal products. Obesity and heart disease have become too common. Lawmakers are quick to speak against tobacco subsidies, and yet they overlook the fact that billions of taxpayer dollars are used to support and boost an industry that costs us billions of dollars in health problems.

Consumers are getting the message, and the marketplace is adjusting. Demand for plant-based milks is expanding, and the consumption of cows’ milk is decreasing. Federal food policy should support and encourage this trend.

Just as the tobacco industry had to make adjustments, so too should the dairy industry. With the 2018 farm bill just around the corner, the time is right to decry spilled milk.

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the truth even when written
read and/or forgot
is the truth
whether all
believe it
or not!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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