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

My Journey from ‘Humane’ Dairy Farmer to Vegan Cheese Maker

August 27, 2018
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Source Free From Harm: Baby goat being disbudded with a hot iron.

Source Free From Harm
By Free From Harm Staff Writers

The following is a first person account of Susana Romatz’s transition from dairy goat farmer to vegan cheesemaker.

My life has been a tapestry of contrasting and at times contradictory threads.

As a youngster, I binge-read books like Little House on the Prairie and My Side of the Mountain. I loved the idea of self-sufficiency and homesteading. I made acorn pancakes with my best friend Krista (we ground up acorns with a brick and added water; they were delicious! Just kidding, they were awful, like eating bitter sand). I once tried to whittle a log into a bust of a famous president with a jackknife knicked from my dad’s wardrobe. I was jealous of my cousins in the country who fished and hunted.

And so, many years later, when I saw the ad requesting help on a “humane dairy” goat farm in Oregon, I jumped at the chance to get my country girl on.

It’s relevant to note that ten years before that, I had tried to go vegan. I was working at PetSmart and it was there that I met Pinkie, a tiny black and white spotted puppy with blue eyes. I fell in love with her and adopted her. But alas, her kidneys weren’t formed correctly and as she grew larger and larger, topping the scales at 80 pounds, her kidneys began to fail. She only lived for two years, but in those two years I learned what it meant to love a dog. I was crushed when she died.

After that time, I couldn’t bring myself to eat animals any more. I just couldn’t see the difference between my beloved dog and the animals on my plate. I began to watch videos on animal welfare, and donated money to animal activism groups. I tried to go vegan altogether, but didn’t pull it off for a myriad of reasons, mainly willpower and lack of education. I was a vegetarian for years.

Then when I moved to Oregon, I began to hear the phrase “humanely raised” used in reference to meat and dairy products, and it piqued my interest. In Michigan, nobody had ever talked about humanely raised animals, because they weren’t much thinking about meat as animals— it was just meat, which is meant for eating. How the meat got that way only a few knew and fewer than that cared. In Oregon it seemed that more people were aware of what happens in commercial meat production, and they knew it was wrong.

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Our compassionate world
gratefully revolves
Around those who have
Thankfully,
Evolved

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

WoDES: World Day for the End of Speciesism – August 25, 2018

August 20, 2018
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Please click HERE for list of actions by country


Source End of Speciesism



For the 4th year in a row, a great variety of actions will be held all over the planet for the World Day for the End of Speciesism.

Sexism, racism, speciesism: unjust ideologies

In our societies our relationship with animals is based on speciesism. By analogy with racism and sexism, speciesism refers to an ideology that considers the lives and interests of animals as insignificant just because they are of a different species. Speciesism is untenable because humans are not the only ones to feel emotions and therefore we have to respect the lives and interests of the other sentient beings who share this planet with us.

All sentient beings are equal

Regardless of the differences between species, it is clear that all sentient beings are equal in their capacity to feel pain. No matter what our ‘race’, sex, species may be, the important thing is what we feel, our interest in not suffering, in not being a victim of violence and in continuing to lead the happiest life possible. Discrimination based on species is just as arbitrary as any other discrimination based on an illogical criterion. Equality tainted by exclusions and arbitrary discrimination is by definition inequality, injustice.

Therefore all sentient beings, regardless of species, must be included within the circle of moral consideration. This does not mean treating them all in an identical way but really taking their interests into account as if they were our own.

Denying intelligence in order to neglect interests?

Our society does not disdain babies nor people with mental disabilities, although they appear to lack complex intellectual abilities, but grants them greater protection, and rightly so. Indeed, they also suffer, are unable to defend themselves and should therefore be protected. In the same way, regardless of their mental faculties, animals are sentient beings that have an interest in living the longest and happiest lives possible and should also be protected. In addition, more and more studies show that we have immensely underrated the mental capacity of most animals1.

Ethology: animals are individuals in their own right

Far from espousing the theory of animals-as-machines, modern ethologists invite us to see animals as individuals in their own right, feeling emotions, having preferences, desires and their own personality. We now know that self-awareness, culture, altruism and the ability to use tools exist in many animals.

Society must change

Injustices of the past have been abolished or reduced, such as feudality and the low status assigned to women. They too were so embedded in the collective consciousness that they were thought to be eternal. But history has shown the opposite and we can easily imagine that one day slaughterhouses will be deemed to be a symbol of barbarity. More and more of us are beginning to take a stand against injustice to animals, which has become one of the most important social debates of our time.

The goal of the World Day for the End of Speciesism is to denounce the unjust ideology that makes this barbarity possible.

We are working for a world that takes the lives and interests of all into consideration. This world is already on its way. Let’s work together so that it arrives as soon as possible!


1 Recently the chimpanzee Ayumu shattered the idea that humans always have better mental abilities than other animals by beating humans in a test of memory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsXP8qeFF6A


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In the eyes of our creator,
None are less
And none are
Greater

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 


We Dropped 60 Massive Billboards Across Los Angeles Exposing the Dairy Industry

August 13, 2018
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Source In Defense of Animals

We’re excited to announce that our farmed animals campaign has teamed up with viral YouTuber Erin Janus to launch 60 massive billboards across Los Angeles featuring her Dairy is Scary video during June “Dairy Month.”

In both English and Spanish, the billboards invite onlookers to watch Erin’s video exposing common dairy industry practices of forcibly impregnating cows, stealing their babies, and turning them into veal and hamburgers long before their 25-year natural lifespan. The video finishes with Erin calling on the public to, “Try any milk but dairy milk,” and directs viewers to enjoy the health benefits of dairy-free by taking our 21-day dairy-free challenge.

In our fight for animal welfare, the environment, and our own personal health; making the decision to go dairy free is one of the most impactful steps that we as individuals can take.

Try our 21-Day Dairy-Free challenge today at www.dairyfreechallenge.com.







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be the milk of human kindness
be dairy free
farm animals so need
our advocacy!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 


60 years prison for piglet rescue

August 6, 2018
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Please sign petition HERE (scroll down past video)
Source Direct Action Everywhere

Utah: drop the charges for saving Lily. Whistleblowers who expose animal abuse should be protected, not prosecuted.

DxE activists are facing up to 60 years in prison as new charges are filed for the rescue of a dying piglet from an abusive factory farm #Smithfield5 #ProtectLily Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/iqOq/


About
My name is Wayne. As a former Northwestern law professor, MIT-educated social scientist, and open rescue investigator, I’ve spent decades on research and working to help animals both inside and outside the system.

My experiences led to the 2013 founding of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), a global grassroots animal rights network committed to total animal liberation. What sets DxE apart is our unapologetic mission to create a world where every animal is happy, safe and free within one generation.





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when the law is the crime
please take a moment and sign…
so worth the time

thank you!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Sources to utilize when reporting cruelty to animals and children

July 30, 2018
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Kitten in Sibi, Mali.  Taken by Guaka



Please, always report cruelty to authorities, especially during times of imminent danger or harm.  The following are a few sources to use when reporting animal abuse.  See below for sample statement to Interpol, or for reporting child abuse.

1) http://www.interpol.int/Forms/Contact_INTERPOL
2) http://www.animal-rights-action.com/animal-cruelty-videos.html
3) http://www.peta.org/about/contact-peta/email-form.aspx
4) http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/abuse_neglect/tips/cruelty_action.html
5) http://www.peta.org/about/contact-peta/report-cruelty.aspx
6) https://www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr/PortailWeb/planets/Accueil!input.action
7) http://www.peta.org/action/get-active-online/cruelty-on-the-internet.aspx/


Additional instructions for reporting abuse on FaceBook (or other site).
1) Do NOT Report to FaceBook.
2) Click HERE to report to INTERPOL or HERE to report online child sexual abuse to the Virtual Global Taskforce, Combating Online Child Sexual Abuse
3) Send INTERPOL or VGT the URL (link) to the Picture or Video you want to report
4) As above, click HERE for Interpol report page or HERE to report online child sexual abuse to the Virtual Global Taskforce, Combating Online Child Sexual Abuse .For Interpol, enter your email address in the appropriate box, enter “GRAPHIC VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK” in the Subject Box, and then paste the “URL” referring to the Photo or Video you wish to report – with a brief message (see below for sample).

Sample Statement
I have been witness to blatant animal cruelty (or child abuse) on Facebook at the following link:

These images are extremely disturbing and clearly establish extreme crimes against animals (or children).  After viewing the provided material, you will understand that this is indicative of unlawful acts of animal cruelty (or child abuse) as established by the (Animal Welfare Act) and relevant local and international statutes.  I respectfully request that your resources be applied to remove this material and charge the perpetrators with relevant unlawful crimes.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this urgent appeal.

Name





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no reason to stay still
apathy KILLS!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Meet the Vegan, All-Female Anti-Poaching Team That Has Been More Effective at Defending Animals Than Any Other

July 23, 2018
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Source: International Anti-Poaching Foundation, One Green Planet

 

Source One Green Planet
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Poaching is one of the largest threats presently facing precious endangered animals such as elephants, lions, and rhinos. Fed up with this senseless, ecosystem-destroying “sport,” an Australian convervationist and former military sniper named Damien Mander founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) a decade ago. Since then, Mander has been working tirelessly to land on the best methods for combatting poaching and preserving wildlife in African nations.

Initially, Mander tried what he reportedly called “a fairly military approach” to fighting poaching. But in recent years, he began to rethink his strategy. He wondered, what if women were put at the forefront of wildlife conservation efforts rather than men? What if we moved away from the norm and towards something totally new?

Seeking to answer these questions, Mander launched a program called “Akashinga” (meaning “the brave ones”) in 2017. The project’s goal? To recruit African women who come from disadvantaged backgrounds — abuse survivors, single mothers, abandoned wives, sex workers, and orphans — and train them to be wildlife rangers.

To prepare them for the complex and dangerous job of African wildlife conservation, women who enlist in Akashinga go through the same training as male anti-poaching rangers. They are required to complete an extensive program covering everything from crime scene preservation to crisis management to camouflage.

To prepare them for the complex and dangerous job of African wildlife conservation, women who enlist in Akashinga go through the same training as male anti-poaching rangers. They are required to complete an extensive program covering everything from crime scene preservation to crisis management to camouflage.

So far, this unique program has been wildly successful. With nearly three dozen women on the team, Akashinga has already made around 60 arrests, resulting in a combined total of more than 41 years of jail sentences. Recently, Akashinga has successfully taken action against individuals associated with serious crimes such as zebra poaching, ivory smuggling, and sable antelope snaring.

According to Mander, Akashinga has been “more effective” than any other program he’s seen, which is saying a lot considering his long history of involvement in wildlife conservation. As he pointed out, women have a special ability to “de-escalate everything,” which may very well have something to do with the program’s great success.

In addition to empowering women and thwarting trophy hunting, Akashinga is also having a positive impact on local communities: More than 70 percent of the project’s operational costs go directly back into African communities via employment and goods and services.

As Mander reportedly said, “This is the evolution of man to see something we should have seen in the past. Women will change the face of conservation forever.”

We certainly agree with that, and we look forward to seeing this project continue to grow and thrive in coming years! If you’d like to support this awesome program, you can make a donation to the IAPF here. Your generous contribution will go towards the training and supplies needed to keep this animal-saving organization alive.

And even if you aren’t able to donate at this time, you can still help by spreading the word about this organization’s important work with everyone in your network!

Image Source: International Anti-Poaching Foundation/Facebook 






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warrior woman

she lives her life
by her own rules
with an open heart
and zero tolerance
for fools.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 

Chris Bachman: Scientist silenced for telling the truth about wolves

July 16, 2018
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Source The Spokesman Review
By Chris Bachman

Most of us are familiar with the “Boy Who Cried Wolf.” This is the story of the scientist who cried “truth” and the price attached. Science is humanity’s tool for revealing the truth. Denying the truth does not change it.

Dr. Robert Wielgus is a man of honor and integrity whose voice was silenced, ironically, through an act of social predation. As director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory at Washington State University, his work with large carnivores was well respected. Dr. Wielgus’ and his students’ research found that wolves and livestock can coexist. Wolves do not naturally hunt livestock – not a single wolf predation occurred when livestock were kept a half-mile from an active wolf den site. Had this peer-reviewed science been observed, unnecessary cattle deaths and slaughter of the Profanity Peak Pack could have been avoided.

Many animals have evolved to birth their young in spring, a time of plentiful resources. In spring, wolf sociality revolves around birthing puppies. Wolves remain close to the den site during this time. Livestock also birth in the spring, however human intervention has altered this to late winter so calves are ready to graze by spring. The release of cow and young calf onto public land to graze coincides with the birthing of wolf puppies and increased energy needs for the pack.

Gray wolves hunt cooperatively in family units known as packs, a social unit composed of diverse individuals with a hierarchy and social structure that facilitates cooperative hunting. Cooperative hunting involves socially complex meat-eating animals working together, with division of labor and role specialization increasing the success of the group and the individual. Cooperative hunting offers increased access to food with decreased risk to the individual, and is linked to intelligence, social organization and the evolution of sociality. Sociality is the degree to which individuals in an animal population form cooperative societies.

Cooperative hunting is also called social predation. This behavior is not unique to gray wolves; it is a behavior ever-present in humans. It is sadly ironic that Dr. Wielgus, a predator aficionado, would fall victim to social predation. In human terms, social predators are individuals who thrive embracing the pack mentality, rarely having the courage to act alone. They prey on other humans and are widely known for the predictable traits of egocentrism and aggressive social mannerisms. Dr. Wielgus was depredated by social predators – agency professionals, legislators and community members – whose self-interests are more important than truth.

Dr. Wielgus questioned the actions of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and a public lands rancher that led to the slaughter of the Profanity Peak wolves. Livestock and salt blocks were placed within 200 yards of a wolf den on public land. Once discovered, no action was taken to remove the livestock, despite numerous warnings. Salt blocks were left in place, complicating the situation. When agency and industry refused to listen, Dr. Wielgus risked his reputation and went to the press and public. Once cattle were killed, seven wolves – adults and puppies – were slaughtered. This situation could have been avoided through adaptive husbandry practices and respect for nature. One rancher’s husbandry practices, coupled with WDFW’s lethal removal policy, is responsible for the killing of 15 of our recovering wolves.

Additionally, Dr. Wielgus’ research revealed that killing wolves does not lead to fewer predations on livestock; killing alters the sociality within the pack, impacts cooperative hunting, and can increase the number of breeding pairs and the overall number of wolves, leading to more predation on livestock. Killing a whole pack vacates habitat open to colonization by new wolves, also found to increase the number of livestock preyed upon. These findings do not align with WDFW’s lethal removal policy and do not support grazing cattle on our public lands. Industry and agency refused to recognize the scientific truth. Instead of adapting, they chose to kill the messenger.

Chris Bachman, a biologist and wolf advocate, is the wildlife program director at The Lands Council in Spokane. He also chairs the Eastern Washington Wolf Coalition.






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when truths become relative
to from whom they speak
our society and values
turn ashen
and weak.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

 



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