“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe. Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein
“Until he extends the circle of compassion to all living creatures, man himself will not find peace.” Albert Schweitzer
“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” Abraham Lincoln
“The time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men”. Leonardo da Vinci
“I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual development to leave off the eating of animals.” Henry David Thoreau
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus in the Gospel of St.Luke 6:13
The Reasons Why it’s Important to Go Vegan in 2016!
This page breaks it down for you – health, the environment, the animals themselves – all the reasons why being vegan reaches far beyond the benefits of just your own diet and identity. Read why vegans think it’s so important to be vegan!
Life of a Pig Inside a Gestation Crate
Pigs don’t get a real shot to roam the earth for the sake of “efficiency.” They have no freedom because of the way we let the meat industry treat them. Let’s not allow it any longer. Take a look at what life is truly like for a sow confined to a gestation crate.
A Closer Look at What So-Called Humane Farming Means
The very existence of labels like “free range,” “cage-free,” and “humane certified” attests to society’s growing concern for the welfare of animals raised for food. But any time consumers of meat, eggs or dairy advocate for “humane” treatment of farm animals, they confront an unavoidable paradox: the movement to treat farm animals better is based on the idea that it is wrong to subject them to unnecessary harm; yet, killing animals we have no need to eat constitutes the ultimate act of unnecessary harm.
Scientific evidence has irrefutably demonstrated that we do not need meat, milk or eggs to thrive, and that in fact these foods are among the greatest contributors to the leading fatal Western diseases. Unlike animals who kill other animals for food, we have a choice. They kill from necessity. We do so for pleasure. There is a huge moral difference between killing from necessity and killing for pleasure. When we have plentiful access to plant-based food options, and a choice between sparing life or taking it — there is nothing remotely humane about rejecting compassion, and choosing violence and death for others just because we like the taste of their flesh, and because they cannot fight back. Might does not equal right. (This article exposes the logical flaws in sustainable farming and shares fundamental truths that are precise and to the point) – read the full article by clicking here.
Industrial Livestock Production
A large CAFO includes 1000 cattle (other than dairy, which is 700), 2500 hogs over 55 pounds, or 125,000 chickens, if a liquid manure system isn’t used, and 30,000 if it does. FA liquid manure system is when the animal’s urine and feces are mixed with water and held either under the facility or outside in huge open air lagoons – these manure systems create a lot of pollution (which many times taxpayers end up paying for)
On animal factory farms, an unnaturally large number of animals are confined closely together. Cattle feedlots generally contain thousands of animals in one place, while many egg-laying businesses house one million or more chickens. The main animals for such operations are cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, but this practice is also applied to sheep, goats, rabbits, and various types of poultry.
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Gagged by Big Ag
Ag gag laws allow industry “to completely self-regulate,” says a whistleblowers’ advocate. That should “scare the pants off” consumers who want to know how their food is made.
“If you think this is an animal welfare issue, you have missed the mark,” said Amanda Hitt, director of the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign, who served as a representative for the whistleblowers who tipped off ABC in the Food Lion case. “This is a bigger, broader issue.” She likened activist videos to airplane black-box recorders—evidence for investigators to deconstruct and find wrongdoing. “Ag gag laws,” she said, “don’t just interfere with workers blowing the whistle on animal abuse.”
“You are also stopping environmental whistleblowing; you are also stopping workers’ rights whistleblowing.” That should “scare the pants off” consumers concerned about where their food comes from. “It’s the consumer’s right to know, but also the employee’s right to tell. You gotta have both.” Amanda Hitt
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Meat Production and Human Exploitation are Intertwined
Slaughterhouses and “meat”-processing facilities symbolize suffering and death for animals and exploitation for workers. Fortunately, we can choose not to support this cycle of exploitation and suffering by simply adopting a lifestyle free from animal products.
Slaughtering animals and processing their flesh is an inherently dangerous industry where company profits consistently take priority over workers’ most basic rights. Today, U.S. slaughterhouses and “meat”-processing facilities employ over 500,000 workers. In their endless goal of higher volume and greater efficiency, these corporations knowingly jeopardize workers’ safety every day.
For decades, the state and federal agencies responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy work environment have thoroughly failed to institute and enforce basic labor laws to protect these workers. The result is an industry where corporations set the rules and government agencies follow. Consequently, workers’ most basic rights and interests are compromised and the animals suffer greatly.