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11 years ago
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I decided to start up this group here after meeting so many people on the Care2 network. I have a group of the same name at Yahoo Groups, where I and others post articles dealing with every aspect of factory farming, thus keeping everyone up-to-date on all the issues surrounding the industry. What I would like to know from the members of this group is this: Do you want this group to be the same way? Would you like for me to post those same articles here every day so that you can keep up? Or would you rather keep this more of a discussion group? It's up to you what kind of group you want this to be. If the majority decide to keep it a discussion group, those that want to receive the daily articles can always sign up to be members of the other group. Just let me know what you think and tell me a little about yourself and why you joined this group. I am enjoying meeting new people here. Virgil Butler "The Cyberactivist" http://cyberactivist.blogspot.com/
11 years ago
Hi, I am going to speak up since no one else is. I am a vegan. It is a spiritual , ethic and health choice that I chose this lifestyle. I am amazed at how narrow-minded people are. Fear and ignorance I guess. Virgil, please keep us updated on articles. I have a full-time job plus starting my second year of college. I don't have time to do a lot of research for all of my interests so it would be great to post informative articles. Also if there are petitions that need to be signed please make us aware of anyway we can help out. You have my support! Bright Blessings!
11 years ago
I very glad that someone has started a board for activists against factory farming! I'll be visiting this board frequently.
11 years ago
I very glad that someone has started a board for activists against factory farming! I'll be visiting this board frequently.
11 years ago
well, I'm absolutely brand new to this group but I suppose I'll throw in my thoughts I think that keeping it to mainly discussion/petitions is a good idea. Any big articles being posted is a good idea as well, but there is just so much in the way of negative news about the topics that many of us are active in. I think anyone already here has a problem with factory farming and doesn't need prodding to become any angrier with it. Maybe posting links to articles, a weekly recap perhaps. And just to introduce myself, Hi...I'm from Illinois, and I'm not a vegetarian yet but I've cut down quite considerably on my meat intake and eat a fair number of meatless dishes each week. I think the results of factory farming are deplorable (hate what is done to the animals and the results in the environment). Look forward to speaking with you guys
Hi!
10 years ago
I was just introducing myself. I'm a very strict vegetarian and an animal rights activist. I'll become vegan as soon as I can (my parents won't let me now). One of the things that disturb me the most in the world right now is how farm animals are treated.
10 years ago
Hi everyone!
Welcome, Eva
10 years ago
Glad to have you here. I hope you enjoy the group. I have now pinned this topic so that more people will hopefully introduce themselves when they join. Have a good day, everyone.
10 years ago

Any and all information is good to get out there! More folks need to know where their "food" is coming from and what happens along the way!

I consider this topic an animal rights subject, thanks Virgil!

Anonymous
10 years ago
Hi, I'm a vegetarian (working on vegan but having problems with fatigue), and very much against factory farming. I think the companies are starting to feel pressure from citizens who are appalled at the barbaric methods used against animals. I also think the average consumer is starting to see the connection between the cows in feed lots and chickens hanging from hooks, and the shrink-wrapped packages of meat in the market.
I'm glad to be here, and will participate as much as possible. I've been concentrating on a few other groups, but this issue is very important. Thanks, Virgil.
Vivian


Hi I'm new also
9 years ago

Hi everyone,

I hope all is well, I am also new here and didn't know this place was here till I got a link nice to meet you all ,and hope to know make new friends, the ones I have now don't like that I have changed and turned into a veg but I can't make them still like me.

But it's good to know I'm not the only one HUgs Angie

Anonymous
I used to work for Wisconsin Citizen Action
9 years ago
that's where I heard about the issue of factory farming. I am not a vegan, vegetarian or any such thing. I believe in eating healthy and the factory farmers are influencing us to eat the way they want us to eat.
Hi all!
9 years ago

Am also new to this group, but glad I found it. I am sooooo against factory farming. I was born and raised on a farm. It makes me so mad to see what farming has come to. Family farms are dead and gone it seems, and that's sad .It's all big business now.

Glad to meet you all.

Barbara S

Nice to meet all of you new members
9 years ago

Our membership has just passed over the 500 mark this week! Wonderful to know that so many are actively opposed to factory farming. It really is a terrible scourge, especially on the rural comunities like mine where they are everywhere. I can't drive a mile in either direction from my house without coming across a chicken house. And when they spray the fields with the old litter, it is just awful. You can smell it long before you get to it and long after you passed the filed they were spreading it on. You just can't hold your breath that long.

And it wasn't that long ago that someone was doing this right in the middle of Pine Ridge on a VERY windy day. As we were up at Laura's mother's healing center there, standing in the parking lot as she gathered up her stuff to leave, it blew everywhere - onto the neighbor's property, into the parking lot where we were standing (when we saw the clouds of it coming our way, we quickly ran around the building to put it between us and it, but it was too late), and we were sick for days. It probably even reached the river, as that piece of property backs up to the river. I'm sure that the tourists who had come to the Lum n' Abner museum/store had no idea why they were sick after they had left. Probably blamed it on allergies, a cold, or the flu or something, never realizing that it was because they had breathed in all of that contaminated dust. I truly believe that if more people were to see and smell thee places that they would no longer support them by buying and consuming their products. What passes for "farming" today is nothing like what it was like when I was a kid. And what you eat isn't the same, either. If people only knew wht I know, tjhey wouldn't be able to ever pick up another piece of chicken again and eat it. I know that I didn't just as soon as I started working for Tyson. And that was a L-O-N-G time before I ever became an activist. It never even occurred to me that the same probmes were going on with the other famredanimals as well. Dont know why, but it didn't. One I found out, that was it. It was really a pretty easy decision to make, acrually. Even if I didnt care about the animals and the workers in those places, I would care about my own health enough to never eat another bite of animal flesh. The whole idea just disgusts me now. And I still get sik to my stomach when I smell chicken frying. It smells too much like the killing room, where all that blood spattered and cooked on the hot machinery. Ugh.....

Anyway, didnt mean for this to be so long, but I am glad to have other people joining forces to fight this industry, for whatever reason you choose to do so. Vegan, vegeterian, or meat-eater - we are all hurt by factory farming. And we have to stop it before it kills us all. We are just on the edge of a global pandemic of bird fly. it has almost hit Eurpoe, with only the mountains blocking it. If it makes it over the mountains, well let's just say that we won't have near as bad of an overpopulation probvlem as we do now and are likely to have to deal with in the future..........

9 years ago
Virgil, Thank you for your time and energy for hosting this group. It is indeed a blessing. I am a vegetarian, not yet vegan. I get an allergic reaction eating processed anything with a face. I have not eaten red meat, poultry or fish in over 20 years. Peace be with you, Diane
Glad to have you Diane!
9 years ago
Welcome to the group, and congratulations on being vegetarian so long!
Anonymous
New to the group
9 years ago

Hello All,

I am new to the group as well! I was a vegetarian for 13 years before I became a vegan nearly 2 years ago. I have been an animal rights activist during the past 15 years.

This November, I will accompany three other colleagues from the Graduate Theological Union to the Annual Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion Conference in Philadelphia. Along with a small continency from around the U.S., we are using the media, specifically the movie "Peaceable Kingdom" from Tribe of Heart, to raise the issue of animal suffering in faith communities. Our hope is that religious leaders will begin to address this issue in her or his congregation, regardless of her or his faith tradition.

Anyway, that is who I am and what I am up to.

Ron

Anonymous
9 years ago

Hello and thank you for the invite Lauren**

I'm an animal rights activist for many years now, it makes me just sick to know that animals are murdered and skinned alive just for fashion, maybe we are protesting in the wrong places, maybe we should focus more on the factorys who after all are bying all those furs just to make money, and what about the designers for fashion? why are they designing fashion with Fur?

here is a link with some great articles

http://www.animalfreedom.org/english/index.htm

Anonymous
Greetings!
9 years ago

Nice to meet you all!My familywent vegetarian in May of 2004, about a week or two latermy kids and Iwent vegan after learning what happens to the baby chicks of egglaying hens, and the fate of the male calves of dairy cows. My hubby is basically vegan, but if he will still buy things with small amts of dairy in them if he likes it.

I'm sure you have all seen it, but I think www.themeatrix.com is a great site to share with people, as it talks about the evils of factory farming without getting too gross (which makes some people turn away instead of turning against the farming).

What a great group here, I'm glad to be a member and learn ways to fight against factory farming!

9 years ago

Hi!

I LOVE what's going on in this group! This is SUCH an important topic to me! I've been a vegetarian since I was a little girl...Couldn't imagine anything like eating animals made sense. I stopped it all on my own, as soon as I found out I could live.

Isn't that something? Some people STILL think they can't LIVE without meat!!! WE'RE not going to die if we stop, but THEY will die if we DON'T!

("They" meaning the animals, of course...not the people who think they will die...Hahaha!) (Come to think of it... with the health ramifications that come from eating meat... especially factory farmed... Hmmmm....Somethingpeople should think about , no?)

At any rate, I think it's horrid what the animals go through. I realize everyone is not a vegetarian, but I at least think the animals should be allowed a good life and a humane and dignifed death.

I also think it's horrid what people (and pets) are being subjected to in the way of "food" which comes from these "farms," be it meat, poultry, fish, or even produce! Big corporations and men behind desks are not farmers, and these folks are ruining our food, all in the name of a BUCK! (Speaking of bucks, IF I ate meat, I think it might be better to hunt!)

This whole entirebusiness is very upsetting to me, and I'm glad to be part of this group!

I would like to post the CyberActivist onto A Dog-Gone Good Natural Pets Group, but I don't have the code for the rss feed. Could you please send it to me?

Thanks for the all work that you do!

~Vibraceous, ND

Welcome Vibraceous
9 years ago

Welcome Vibraceous to this group. We are very glad to have a committed concerned activist like you with us. We look forward to sharing with you and I am sure that we can learn a lot from you. Your commitment to not eat animals is admirable. I don't know about the RSS feed but I willinform Virgil about your request. Have a great day! Mike

Welcome!
9 years ago

Glad to have you here! My RSS feed for my blog is http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheCyberactivist, however it has not been working here at Care2, for some reason. I have no idea why. I have resorted to posting on my regular blog at http://cyberactivist.blogspot.com/and then coming here and copy/pasting what I have written there to get around the problem until they figure it out and fix it, though that didn't even work the other day for some reason, even though we tried doing it three times. Be sure and let me know if you have any problems with this feed, and I will try and find another feedburner or something to see if I can get it to work. You can email me at cybergypsy1964@yahoo.comor even at cyberactivist@EcologyFund.net- either way I will get the message. I check there more frequently than I do here lately because of my latest injuries and the additional time contraints placed upon Laura and I because of it. We just haven't had enough time to do as much online as before. She is taking care ofjust about everything - me,the online work, the animals, plus 10 new puppies we have here now in our little 28' travel trailer. Not much room, naturally, but it is too cold outside for newborn babies. Besides, Laura likes to have them close where she can see and hear them and respond at the first sign of trouble. She also likes to hear the sweet little puppy noises, too.Needless to say, she hasn't been able to get everything done, especially as she had to do a lot of resting once the crisis was over, as she had been keeping watch over me night and day, having only 6 hours of sleep in 3 days.

We had intended to update the blogyesterday to let everyone know I was okay, but didn't get around to it, as our "spayed female" foster dog turned out not to be spayed at all (the people who dropped her off at the Humane Society lied - what a surprise!) and so she dropped 10 puppies on us the day the ambulance arrived to take me to the hospital Thursday. More on that later on the blog, though. Most of that is discussed, just not my recovery and the fact that I will live!!!! I do want to assure everyone that I AM okay now! The latest CT scan was clear - no sign of a blood clot or any sort of bleeding, though I still am dizzy and require help with a good many tasks, so just trying to do ordinary things takes 3-4 times as long as it should, like just tying my shoes or getting Laura to button my jacket since I cannot do that yet. But, group members, I WILL BE OKAY!!!!! so you can stop worrying. I told you it would take more than this to stop me! I just have a long, long road of recovery and rehab to do to regain the use of my right side, especially my right hand. It's frustrating, but at least I won't die!!!! At least not from this! After everything I have been through, it would have been terrible to go out like this! Good thing I am as hard-headed as I am! LOL! It's also great that I have had so much caring support and someone who loves me so much taking care of me. And I DO very much appreciate the comments everyone has sent. It has made me feel better top know everyone was caring so much. And, you never know, it may have been the very thing that tipped the balance in my favor. Studies ahve shown that the more people that pray/sned positive energy (or whatever) really DOES help a patient recover, even miraculously. So, whether it was the doctor and the edication, the well wishes from everyone, or a combination of both, the main thing is that it worked! And it really did tuch my heart very much to come and read everyone everyone had to say. Thanks, everyone.

Yippee!
9 years ago

Virgil- So glad to hear that you are doing better. I was hospitalized for 28 days once but that was over 20 years ago..I didn't have any medical insurance at that time but fortunately the V.A. hospital took good care of me. Just take it one day at a time and you'll get there.

Another new member
9 years ago
Hey there. I'm also new to this group and very happy to see a group that is devoted to the subject of factory farming. Usually, even inside animal rights movements, it's hard to focus on this particular matter because of all the other attrocities that are caused to animals by human beings. But this is the vastest yet most neglected (in my oppinion) part of it all.
Anyway, my name is Atar and I'm from Israel. I went vegan straight from being a meat eater 2 years ago. Didn't take much to make me realize the right way, but it did take a long time... I was 22 at the time
Anyway... hello to you all!
Atar!!
9 years ago
Welcome Atar!! We are very happy to have you with us. Feel free to ask any questions you have or post any topics you would like to share. I can see that you have a compassionate consciousness and you are an intelligent person.
I echo that! Wecome Atar!
9 years ago

And I completely agree that there are many, MANY animal groups, but unfortunately farmed animals make up only a small part of what they work on and frequently get lost in the shuffle (many animal groups even only focus on companion animals or what they believe to be "certified humanely raisedmeat" and still eat meat, but they are STILL killed in the same slaughterhouses, no matter how they are raised, and it is STILL abuse and exploitation!)- but, frmed animals certainly do NOT given the attention they so richly deserve especially as MORE of them suffer (BILLIONS!) as opposed to millions when it comes to other forms of animal abuse. Don't get me wrong here, I am notsaying we shouldn't do anything about other forms of animals abuse - goodness knows I subscribe to quite a few other newsletters (even environmental ones) and belong to other animal groups and do what I can to help, but as this is what I know best because of my experience working for Tyson for so long, and where I saw the greatest need for there to be a group with the sole focus of nothing BUT factory farmed animals, I created it because 1) I could be most effective fighting this due to my experience and knowledge, and 2) I felt it needed more focus than it was getting.(Actually I created thegroup at Yahoo [some members belong to both if they post a lot on their own responsibly, in which case I take them off moderation to post freely there as well] about a year before this one, but it is now more of a newsletter, as that group now has quite a few organizations signed up to receive it as such and don't want a lot of discussion getting in the way of the articles, though there is a lot more interactivity there, like photo sharing, link-sharing, file-sharing (for recipes, especially), etc.- but, this is now the discussion group for that Yahoo one after that one got out of hand andvoted to go on moderation due toa few bad apples messing it up for everyone- WHOLE different sort of folks on Yahoo than on Care2, that's for sure!)

Anyway, welcome to the group! Glad to have you! Feel free to poke around our sister group as well, if you like - you don't have to join to read posts, just to post yourself. You might find that you would like to be part of both, especiallyif you intend to post a lot of articles. You may have some that we won't see as easily over here. I try to make sure that the same article are postd both places, so when someone from this group posts something, but not there, I copy/paste it there as well and vice versa. Though lately, due to my accident and caring for 2-week-old puppies, we haven't had a lot of online time (and are tired from not sleeping, nodding off at the computer frequently, as puppies are not different from other newborns, needing your attention no matter the time of night!), so the groups and my bloghave suffered. It's only thanks to my great co-host Mike that this one has run so smoothly. I wish I could say the same for the Yahoo one, but my moderators and members there aren't doing as good of a job keeping up as Mike here is. Thanks again, Mike!

Oh well, I am only one person, (well, two, if you count Laura, whom I couldn't do what I do without and who took over completely for me when I was hurt the worst!), and I have had to realize that I can only do so much. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.........

I've just joined
9 years ago

What a great group! I'm so glad to have found it.

I've been vegetarian (close to vegan, but some organic cheese, and occasionally eggs if I personally know the chickens and know they're well treated) for eight years. It's hard where I live because it's a ranching area and people are very much against anything to do with animal rights. I get to feeling pretty isolated at times, and question whether there is anyone else who "gets it." It'll be very nice to have this group to talk to when I'm getting downcast and feeling like no one else cares!

Thanks again for starting this group!

9 years ago

Hi Dora!

I also live in an area where the locals don't care much for animal rights, or even a minute amount of welfare for that matter. But that just makes lifea lot more interesting for me (and the locals )

Dora!
9 years ago
Welcome Dora! We are very glad to have you here! Virgil started this group. He was the whistleblower at Tyson chicken slaughterhouse. We welcome your comments and questions.
Yes, I live in a similar area, too....
9 years ago

Only worse - "Tyson country!" So, we have not only ranchers and all, but lots and LOTS of chicken houses, and of course, several slaugherhouses, some of which I worked at, though I mostly and most recently worked at the one at Grannis, AR. Needless to say, ever since I came forward, I don't have many friends (or even some family who still work there) left around here, especially not those who still work down at the plant, other than the inspectors, who will talk to me. The inspectorsare glad for what I am doing because the plant keeps them from doing their jobs, and they hate seeing contaminated meat go out that may make some little kid sick and maybe even die. I get quite a few pats on the back from them when I run into them, but Tyson has threatened any worker even seen talking to me with an instant firing, so most won't risk it, even if they wanted to. I have actually had people pull up next to me in a parking lot, then realize who they pulled up next to, back their car out quickly, and move to the other side of the parking lot, just as I have seen them inside a store, turn their buggy and walk the other way as quckly as possible.

But then, there are a few individuals just upset enough with the company that not only do they risk talking tome, but they also feed me info, which is promptly posted on the blog, driving Tyson crazy to figure out who it is that actually dared to talk to me! Ha ha ha! They have fired almost everyone I worked with, so it is hard for them to know who is doing it. And, of course, I will never tell! Apparently, ever since I left, things got so much worse down there that many of those left got really mad and either quit or started doing things to "get even" with them. What's funny is that it all gets blamed on innocent ol' me, who just sits here at home and does absolutely nothing but watch Tyson hang themselves, without me lifitng a finger. They are so unscrupulous in their dealings that there is just about no one they haven't pissed off! Yet is just HAS to be the "big, bad boogeyman, Virgil" who is sabotaging things, even though sabotage has gone ondown there for years when employees got mad at them over being screwed over. Hell, I have even been blamed for one of their trucks having a damn flat! They got so paranoid after I helped Paul Shapiro get in there and get footage of the killing floor that they spent a fortune on security, yet they still had so-called "Virgil sightings" for quite some time, even though I was never there! The whole thing has been one big laugh for me!

But, I do know how you feel. There aren't many choices in the stores, and certainly no place to eat. And there certainly aren't too many neighbors to share your views. They even still shoot dogs around here becasue there is no Animal Control or shelter in this county (why we have foster dogs now and take in many more dumped animals to find homes for). That's why just about all of our friends are online, too. So, welcome to the group! You will fit right on in!

9 years ago

Wow! Thanks to Mike, Billye, and Virgil for the warm welcome. I hadn't checked in on this thread since I posted.

I feel like I met a celebrity now that I realize who Virgil is! I remember when I first read your story in PETA's magazine. After crying for the chickens and all that they go through, I remember reading that some worker named Virgil had come forward with this story. I was amazed and thankful that someone had the decency to do that, instead of just hardening themselves to it and pretending it didn't matter. I actually wondered if there was a real Virgil, or if that was just something PETA added to the story to make it more personal, because I couldn't imagine that a real worker would have come forward. But I thoughtthat if Virgil was a real person, I wished I could tellhim what a good thinghe did, so it's kind of amazing to me that now I actually can!

What a good person you must be to go through all of that, Virgil.It's SO good to know that there really are people who care enough to make their own lives more difficult in order to help others. It's especially wonderful, to me, when it's to help someone who is so easy to ignore, like a helpless chicken. It'seasy to pretend they don't matter, because they can't ask for help or tell you they really do feel pain and fear. So it's very nice to meet you, Virgil, and thank you for all that you've done and all that you're still going through.

9 years ago
Hi, I just joined the group and still need to explore the opportunities and information we can all share. I've been vegan since 2000 and work as a volunteer protecting a small local seal colony that is in danger of being erradicated by harrassment by a small group that wants the seals gone. Vegetarian nutrition is a passion-I've been researching this topic for several years and would like to write a book on this topic. Even before deciding to take the step to a vegan diet, I was an animal activist and appreciated our kinship with the fellow travelers on this planet. I look forward to meeting people on the site.
Welcome!
9 years ago
Hi Janice! Nice to see you here. Janice and I met at a fund raising dinner for the Humane Society Legislative fund. She is a Vegan and a dedicated animal activist. She will be a valuable asset to this group
Anonymous
9 years ago

Hello. I' m still a work in progress when it comes to going vegetarian and have , through Care2 , become quite concerned with thecruel and shoddy way that factory farming is carried out , particularly within the United States. My husband, who was born and raised in the United Kingdom , informed me of an organization there that is concerned with campaigning for farm animals . I'd like to see such group started here in the States , though I wonder sometimes just how much support it would get , what with this culture's apparent desire for Big Macs and chicken nuggets. In any case, here's the link :

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/index.shtml

Welcome Debbie!
9 years ago
Welcome Debbie! We are very glad to have you with us. Thanks for the info on the factory farm site. There are several other sites such as Farmsanctuary.org and Factoryfarm.org Please feel free to ask any questions and we look forward to your shares. Mike
Anonymous
Greetings!
9 years ago
This is a very important cause, adressing issues that are terribly upsetting to me! Thank you Virgil for shedding some light on such an important issue, one that even carnivores should be concerned about!
Anonymous
Thanks for the welcome
9 years ago

And glad to see a animal site where I, being only semi vegetarian(Fish and wild game only meats i eat) won't be burned at the stake.

I compleatly oppose factory farming.

Charles

Welcome!
9 years ago
Welcome to Karla and Charles. We are glad to have you here! Feel free to post or comment. This is a friendly group and you are our new friends.
Hi everyone!
9 years ago

One of the first groups I joined on Care2. Vegetarian-vegan in training. Active for all animals. Volunteering at the Farm Sanctuary Gala here in NYC next month! Love all animals but especially pigs! Am a comic and do some material on animal rights stuff.

New member
9 years ago
Iam a new member. I am vegetarian, been since I was a child. I have always depised factory farming, it is one of the most crueltiest, shameful actrocies committed against animals. It is bad enough for them to be bred to just be killed, never to know any life, any good life, then to be abused and killed in such a horrendous manner and I am glad I have joined a group of kind people here to fight that. Anyway I have horses, pet sheep and pet chooks, oh and my horses are pets too, none of them do anything but just look good.
Welcome!
9 years ago
Welcome to Simone and Fiona! We are very happy to have you here and we look forward to sharing and growing with you.
Anonymous
.....
9 years ago
Hello! I am a vegan and animal rights activist/wildlife activist. I believe that animals have souls/spirits, but even if they didn't, I would still treat them the same.
Welcome Catwoman
9 years ago
Hi Catwoman! Welcome to the group. We care about all animals, farm animals, dogs, cats,penguins, elephants, etc. Virgil started this group because their aren't many groups thatfocus on factory farms. Billions of sentient animals are unmercifully processed by big agribusiness in this country every year. With Virgil as our standard bearer we do what we can to fight this horror. Most people have internalized the cultural paradigm so well that they don't even see the violence on their dinner plates.
aug 4 2006
8 years ago
hello everyone, i am new here...i fight for animal rights. factory farming is a big priority that i want to help put an end to, and i would love to form a huge union to rally against this inhumane torturous act man puts upon these innocent creatures.
8 years ago
Hello everybody!! What a group, and I wished we all lived in the same state so we could put on a big march for animals )
Welcome!
8 years ago
Welcome Kathleen and Elizabeth- We are all very glad to have you. We look forward to your participation and input. Factory farm animals are among the most abused and overlooked animals in the world. For the animals
Anonymous
8 years ago
Hello...I just joined your group today. I'm excited to be here & hope to make a difference!
8 years ago

Hi Sandy!

8 years ago

Thanks.

I know most of you know about the walk for animals with Farm Sanctuary? If there are any of you that might live close to the Chattanooga, TN area, we are having the walk there this year. And I am looking for a good few men or women Need to make this a big event here. If you have any friends or family that live here, please ask them to email me at elizabeth@savingsanimalsviaeducation.org

Thanks!

new member
8 years ago
Hello, everyone!

I just became a member today. I'm a very busy person (like most of you, I assume), but I'll try to visit this group as often as I can. Factory farming is a very important subject to me.

I just dream of the day when humanity realizes that non-human animals deserve the same respect that humans do. Religious or not, humans must understand that ALL animals were created (by God or Mother Nature) for a purpose.

The need to eat is one thing, but the complete disregard for the humane treatment of some beings is another thing. No animal on this Earth should suffer the pain that human animals cause on other animals.
HELLO ALL!!
8 years ago

my name is sharon carlaine and i am heavily into the issue of stopping foie gras production/slae in this country!

i run:
http://www.myspace.com/ban_foie_gras_now
http://www.banfoiegras.blogspot.com
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/ban_foie_gras

i am very new to the care2 network & look forward to meeting all of you!
please sign my petition to mayor daley of chicago to let the foie gras ban stand!!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/815636066

Anonymous
Meeting
8 years ago
Hi, just introducing myself. As with everyone else hereI hate factory farming.
Anonymous
Broken America
8 years ago
Folks We need your help by standing together to make America a Better place to live this includes Ranchers ,Farmers and the consumer.http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/BrokenAmerica
HELLO EVERYONE
8 years ago
Hello everyone! I am new here. I have been an activist for animals in some way or another since I was 10 (25 years now). I've been vegetarian for 16 years and vegan for 1. I am opposed to ALL forms of animal use and believe that ALL animals no matter what their "worth" to humans is and they should be able to live a life that is meant for THEIR best interest not humans. Wings should fly, fins should swim, fur should feel the sun, feet should feel grass and scales touch the ground, etc. There is not exception. Of course, killing is not acceptable either. I have a 16 year old vegetarian daughter. 4 friends, my father, sister, brother-in-law and their 2 sons have also gone vegetarian...it will be their 1 year on Christmas. Talk about a great Christmas present. Anyhow, I'm just sorta poking around and checking things out. So far everything is going great! Good luck in your activism.
Anonymous
New Member Introducing myself
8 years ago
Hi Everyone, just joined and believe in the implementation of Animal Rights world wide. Not a vegan just a vegetarian. I don't really need information about what goes on in factory farms, there is enough info out there to know what is happening. Joined so that can participate in any action we can take to try and stop Animal Farms and also to be with liked minded people.
Welcome Eleni
8 years ago
Welcome to the group Eleni. Every person who is aware of the evil of factory farming is welcome here. We welcome your contributions to the group.....Mike
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hello Everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Been so busy lately, haven't had a chance to visit..but hopefully I will be able to so, now and again and join in the discussions

Love, Light and Peace
Loren
7 years ago

New to this group and glad to have found it. I was raised vegetarian. I am very aware of the issues of factory farming. It is apalling, horrific. I really can't stand to watch any more videos. I am very vocal about it to meat/flesh eaters, who get REALLY PISSED off at me. They get mad because they don't want to think about what has happened to the animal they are eating and it will disrupt them eating it?! My response is, "Why would it bother you to eat it, if you think it's okay?"

I think it is an unrealistic goal to expect or demand everyone to be vegetarian/vegan. But I do not think it is unrealistic to demand that the animal live a natural life, free to be the creature they are and free from abusebefore slaughter.

I am vegetarian 1.)for ethical reasons 2.) have eaten meat and have a disgust (ethical) and distaste (being raised vegetarian, I think) Although I have to admit that I will eat Taco Bellmeat/ahot dog/and baconabout twice a yr. At Thanksgiving I eat turkey too. But I still consider myself vegetarian...I have not even tried most meat/flesh. And I do eat seafood, though have cut some seafood out altogether and reducedconsumption dramatically since I learned about the seals and oceans plight. What is your opinion about my vegetarianism? I am curious. Meat eaters consider me vegetarian. But I don't know any other vegetarians personally unless they are on here. I haven't asked them.... Sorry, I will not be vegan. I do buy only free roaming organic eggs/dairy products (except cheese) but I do eat out a lot and I'm sure that is not. I would starve before I killed an animal to live, but Again, what is your opinion?

The good news. Many people that eat meat that I know won't eat veal because of how it is raised and that is especially good because it is an ethical choice. Many are cutting down dramatically on their meat consumption because of health reasons and they have been finding it makes them feel sick immediately. I find that interesting. And also because they don't want to consume the growth hormones. Factory farming is a relatively new practice and will be a short lived one too. The more people hear and see, the more disgusted they are becoming by what they are eating and what the animal had to go through to get to their plate. Again, the ethical reason, the best reason to reduce, choose free roaming, or quit. People are also becoming worried about the increasing deathly diseases from eating meat.

I also believe that you consume the energy of what you eat. So if the animal was abused etc. etc., you are consumingthat energy. (Rise in anxiety, depression in society...) Besides it is DEAD. Not very good energy to consume. I had a boyfriend that will not eat food that was made while the person was angry or in a bad mood. Same idea.

There are also very good environmental reasons for this practice to stop (methane, ozone & nitrogen, dead zones in bodies of water). There are also very good health reasons to reduce or quit; heart disease and obesity (which leads to all sorts ofsocial and financial problems).

One more important thing. The brain controls our body.Some diseases are linked to anxiety, depression etc. But I believe all disease has a psychological basis. There is abook called, "You Can Heal Your Life," by Louis L. Hay.In the back shelists diseases and body parts and the psychological impairment that causes them.I think she is right on! Heart disease is caused from lacking to give love. Now doesn't that make sense?

Sorry it is so long. I just thought I needed to make a thorough introduction.



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Welcome
7 years ago
A warm welcome to Loren and Michelle. We are happy to have two outstanding committed people join our group. We look forward to your shares and input. Mike
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hi everyone! new member here. I've got alot to learn still so teach me.
7 years ago

Hello everyone!! SmileyCentral.com

I am very glad to be here! I will do what I can to further the cause and inform the public of the detrimental effects of factory farming.

Against Factory Farmin
7 years ago

Hello All,

I joined PETA after reading about the horrors of factory farming, which entails hideous cruelty to animals and creates all sorts of health and environmental issues. It sickens me. Terrible things happen when animals are regarded as commodities rather than living beings.

Thanks,
Leni Pearce

HELLO
7 years ago

HOPE YOU DON'T MIND,BUT I INVITED MYSELF.FARM ANIMALS ARE IMPORTANT TO ME.I LOVE COW'S,WHEN I WAS YOUNG MY GRANPARENTS HAD A FARM WITH COW'S.I JUST LOVED THEM.

SO MANY COW'S AND OTHER ANIMALS OUT THERE ARE BEING ABUSED.THEY MATTER TO ME.SURE HOPE TO MEET NEW FRIENDS HERE.I NOTICED SOME PEOPLE HERE ARE ON MY FRIENDS LIST.

THANKYOU FOR BEING HERE.

BRENDA

Anonymous
Hi
7 years ago

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to introduce myself as I am new to the group. I am Vegan and really appreciate any information we can get from this group.   Have a great day.

Liza

Thanks to James Heater for inviting me!!!
6 years ago

Hello there My name is Dalia E. Hettfield. I work as pre-k teacher. I'm against all kind of violence and more if this is against animals. The animals don't know how to defend themselves, well, almost. We have to be their voices and fight against those can hurt them. Thanks to James for the invitation. Be compassionate my friends because someone is watching us from above. I hope one day this world will change for the sake of animals and the humankind. Remember three graces for being completely happy or at least we have to try to do our best  FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY, a simple rule to try to follow it.

GOD bless you all and have a beautiful evening.

Lots of Love, Respect, and Friendship,

Dalia E.

Welcome Dalia!
6 years ago

Hi Dalia- We are very glad to have you with us. You sound like a very committed person. Feel free to share at any time...Mike

6 years ago

Thank you for the invitation hope that you will help with this human rights scandal in this group!

The VGT Group that i have started here in Care2 will be closed as soon as the activists are free! I hope rather today than tomorrow but we need more power!
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/VGT

Just like this Yahoo group just one purpose help set them free!

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Sign the petition!! Click above.

 We should all work together to get them free or see how the industry will keep on killing the way they like...cheap and efficient!





guys, this one is going far...but still needs you to sign for all farm animals...
4 years ago
4 years ago

Hello and thank you, Patricia. Yet signed the petition a few months ago. Thank you, one more time, for this group.

ALSO FOR FARM ANIMALS
4 years ago

http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/mercyfarm

 

The more vegetarians the better, but many people still are not which means that a few «run from the main problem» others are the main problem (those buying cheap meat...poultry meat), so is there a 3rd way, meanwhile? yes. Join the group that is not ideal but is the best we COULD REALLY DO for now. Bless you.

Hello
2 years ago

I'm glad to be a part of this group - but is there anyone out there?

Peek in the room
2 years ago

Hello fellow activists. I am catching on old Care 2 stuff and noticed i never posted to this group. I have been Vegan since 2006 and now see myself as an Abolitionist Vegan and therefore, as the name implies, for the abolition of all exploitation of animals for any use. I am also as of today a Certified Holistic Health Coach and I focus on Vegan health and can help anyone who has difficulties with transitioning completely. Feel free to check out my website at http://www.YourVegLife.com

I hope someone still writes in this group.



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just joined
2 years ago

I just saw this group and joined cuz Im appalled at the factory farm situation, as you all are Im sure. Im 41 and sadly just found out LAST YEAR. Thats disturbing to me and so I am telling everyone who will listen and even those who wont.

 What also bothers me is that there are no federal protections for these animals. Thats disgusting. I am on my way to go vegan, but its been hard snce where I live there is limited options to find alternate protein options. A lady from that "certified Humane' non profit told me that chickens are fed boiled up feathers..Im so angry and disgusted, Im at a loss. Anyhow, I will check out your site Veronique. Thanks.

1 year ago

I just found out about this group and joined today. My heart just breaks for the farm animals to the point where I cannot eat meat. I have some history with cows that makes me extremely empathetic toward them, so this is a wonderful group for me to have found. All except one time, I have given my butterfly points to farm animals, and though all the causes are good, I mean to give all my points to the farm animals for ages to come if not forever. Bless you guys.

1 year ago

Hello.I just joined,and I wonder if there are any current activities?

1 year ago

Hello.I just joined this group,and I wonder if there is any current activity?

1 year ago

Hi Holly. I haven't see any activity in this group in what seem like years. I had actually left it but felt compelled to rejoin to respond to you.

Completely new to this group.
5 months ago

I am an active member of Animals Australia and I do protest factory farming at every turn. I will not buy vegetabels eggs or dairy from factory farms the same goes for poultry and meats. I do eat meat no and Again not frequently first of there are other sources of protien every bit as good in some cases even better I eat a lot of fish and eggs. I only buy organic produce ie meats and poultry as well as eggs and dairy products. Simply put to protect our inviroment it is vital that both plants and animals thrive in the ecosystems even the ecosystems that are created by farmers as in choice of plants and animals everything needs to be throughly researched and treated well according to their needs be they plants or animals if we use tons of insecticides fungicides,herbicides on our land we are effectivly poisoning our inviroment for generations to come to say nothing of the existing plant and animal life as well as our Water resources. Since none of the above mentioned is allowed in organic farming I think that by supporting the organic farming we are Thus choosing a more healthy lifestyle. Futher more the cruelty and mistreatment of animals in the factory farming systems must be stopped cattle,sheep,pigs ,hens turkeys, ect ect should have access to open fields fresh Water and meadows beneath their hoves and feet sunshine and fresh air adequet shelter with lots of Space and good bedding as well as the possibillity to socialise in a natural way according to the diffrent species and their needs is a must in organic farming and welfare should always be at the forefront of any husbandry of animals.Another thing that I find important is the killing of our animals this should be done quick and without stress and pain it can be done i have seen it and it should be a requirement at every slaughterhouse. As it is now it is steeped in cruelty and very stressful for the animals I will not touch meat from such a Facility. Nor will I support live export to third World countries without animal welfare as their top priority. Which is why I sign all the petitions pertaining to these issues. These are but a few of the subjects I am concerned with there is also greyhound and horseracing where welfare is a nasty Word those industries have never heard of where the greyhounds and racehorses are treated as badly as factory farmed animals are. I protest the export of greyhound to Places such as Macau China because those poor greyhounds are treated worse than any battery hens they are kept in squalid conditions in small concrete cells without any kind of bedding without being abel to stand up tall or even turning around. This is an other industry that I hope will bite the dust sooner rather than later as the owner of three ex-racers myself + one showstandard greyhound puppy aged six months these issues are close to my Heart. I have always loved horses still do but am allergic to them. In fact I love animals and have always been concerned about their welfare. Just so that you have an impression of WHO I am and some of the issues that makes me tick.

5 months ago

Hi All Im new to this group, but ive been a member of Animals Australia, RSPCA and other animal welfare groups for a long time. I first became involved in animal activism when it was brought to the publics attention that the live meat trade to Indonesia from Australia was absolutely disgusting. From that moment I have been totally hooked to seeing live exports stopped, and factory farming stopped as well.. I hate the cruelty our animals endure and will do everything and anything to make sure I do my bit to end this cruelty..