"Why kill, torture and otherwise exploit anyone when it's not necessary?"
female, age 29
Speaks: English, Norwegian, Polish
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Farming Animals for food
~ Raising animals for food is energy and protein inefficient (it takes more than 7 pounds of grain to get 1 pound of meat, and soy beans are 7 times more protein efficient to grow than meat).
~ As such, this contributes greatly to the world hunger problem, both for humans and non-humans.
~ Consumption of animal matter is unhealthy for humans. [Here is a video presenting scientific data on the issue: www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ]
~ Farming of animals causes multiple environmental disasters, such as greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion and deforestation for crop production to feed those who are brought into existence to be farmed.
~ Even most organic and so-called humane animal farms are fundamentally based on exploitation and suffering.
The Humane Animal Farming Myth
This holds true for all animal farms, no matter their type:
• All male chicks are killed in the course of egg production, whether at the hatchery or on the farm, because they do not lay eggs.
• All females used for eggs, milk, or breeding are killed at a fraction of their natural lifespan when their "productivity" declines.
• All females used for eggs, milk or breeding have their reproductive systems violated, manipulated and exploited.
• All animals exploited for eggs, milk or flesh have been genetically manipulated to increase their "productivity".
• All animals raised for flesh are barely adolescent when they are violently killed.
• All animals used for human purposes are denied a natural life.
(Taken from this site.)
There are super-tasty plant- and fungi-based foods out there that are every bit as good as what society taught us that animal matter is. Just look around.
One can achieve any taste and texture with creative combination of vegan ingredients.
If it is morally wrong to exploit, murder and inflict suffering on someone without necessity to do so, and if pleasure, amusement or convenience are not necessities, then ceasing to exploit (i.e. veganism) is the very least we can do.
This goes for all exploitation, not just that for food purposes. Examples include entertainment, biomedical research, clothes, labour etc.
Every sentient being should have the basic right to not be the property of someone else.
It is not a question of compassion or love, but of pure justice.
Why shouldn't we support welfare reform?Welfare reform ("humane" this, improved that etc.) of animal farms, slaughterhouses, labs, zoos etc. will not end the issue of exploitation itself. It might make lives slightly less torturous for the victims, but at the same time it will also make consumers feel better about supporting these industries, meaning the industries -- and amount of victims -- will grow. Many industries are using welfare reform as marketing ploys. It usually also makes exploitation more cost efficient, as less victims get sick. Furthermore, supporting welfare reforms of exploitation industries implies supporting the exploitation itself.
But how to help then? Live vegan, and educate others. Time and effort is much more valuably spent on that. The waves of change will spread.
Up to 90 % of poached birds die before even reaching the pet store. Parrots are social creatures with a need to exercise their wings.
Don't support exploitation industries by buying "pets". How insulting to regard someone nothing more than a "pet". If they have already been made vulnerable by domestication, adopt sheltered victims. They are the by-product of exploitation and need our help. But let us not support any more of them being bred for mere human enjoyment purposes.
If they are still wild, let them be in the wild and know with joy that they are free.
More info about pets and domestication: www.abolitionistapproach.com/pets-the-inherent-problems-of-domestication
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March 23, 1986
||Introduce yourself to Teresa
|Wild Fact About Me
||Act like you would like others to act towards you.
All sentients deserve freedom and the right to live.
|What Gives Me Hope
||Humans thinking rationally.
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||*Abolish all exploitation and grant all sentient beings legal personhood.
*Add ethics, biology and critical thinking into basic education.
*Legalise basic responsible sentient rights like abortion and doing what one wants as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.
*Sponsor teachers to educate humans in poor countries.
*Subsidise organic crop production.
|What/who changed my life and why
||First, a documentary about Chinese fur farms. Because I was unaware of that such horrific acts of torture were culturally accepted.
Later, Gary L. Francione. Because his rational arguments helped me shape my world view and become more understanding and efficient in my activism.
|What Bugs Me
humans thinking they're not animals,
people turning a blind eye,
laws prohibiting choices over own body,
|What Scares Me
people turning a blind eye,
people being ok with cruelty
||"The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?"
"Is veganism a matter of ‘choice’? That depends on whether you think we have the moral right to choose to exploit the vulnerable for frivolous purposes such as palate pleasure."
-Gary L. Francione
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
celebration of seasons,
The Mists of Avalon,
can find beauty in almost all genres,
Speciesism: The Movie,
Rise of the Planet of the Apes,
Lord of the Rings trilogy,
Blair Witch Project,
Game of Thrones
|Can't Live Without
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