"If people were more informed, there would be less suffering in the world."
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Global impact of the world's existing meat consumption - A report summary by the CIWF (Compassion in World Farming Trust)
~ Current global meat, milk and egg consumption is unsustainable for the growing human population.
~ To meet today's consumption demand, more factory farms are being employed instead of traditional organic farms.
~ Consuming animal products is not healthy. (Especially factory farmed.)
~ Animals in factory farms are also being pumped full of antibiotics, which increases bacterial resistances.
~ Factory farming of animals raised for food causes pollution in the form of soil erosion and extra methane and CO2 emissions.
~ 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).
~ Animals suffer in factory farms for a plethora of reasons.
Factory Farming has animals locked inside a "factory" building, in most cases all year round, in either cages or halls, with extremely little space and comfort. This huge overcrowding makes it impossible for some to lie down, and most have no access to stimulating activities natural for them. This building is off limits to visitors. As a result of hormones and genetic manipulation, unnaturally fast body size growth causes excruciating skeletal and neural disorders. Similarly, unnaturally high "production" of milk and eggs causes pain and discomfort. For the sake of economic efficiency, abuse is common. Animal farm companies have little initiative to enforce well-being over profit, as long as consumers are kept in the dark.
Transport to slaughterhouses is exhausting for the victims, often taking many hours, without food or drink. The animals are kept in cages in the transport vehicle. Some die on the way. This is also the only time many see sunlight.
Commercial slaughterhouses are made to be efficient, and move so fast that sometimes animals aren't properly stunned or killed, causing them to be alive and conscious for butchering.
Be aware that some fish, especially salmon, are from fish farms, which have similar problems to land farms. Also, the way mass-caught fish usually die is from slow and painful suffocation.
Even most organic and so-called humane animal farms are fundamentally based on exploitation and suffering. Please take a look at this:
The Humane Animal Farming Myth
This holds true for most 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 vegetation-based foods out there that are great and even healthy alternatives to animal products. Just look around.
Up to 90 % of poached birds die before even reaching the pet store. Parrots are social creatures with a need to exercise their wings, and they suffer a life in a cage. Even locally-bred parrots usually don't get their needs satisfied.
Don't buy birds as pets. Enjoy them in the wild instead!
Photo: © Dana Allen
Please help the World Parrot Trust.
Image from critterbabies.com
Animals in China
In Asia, and especially China, and Korea, the traditional view of non-human animals is that they're not sentient. They also believe that beating the animal to death or cooking it alive gives them health benefits and vigour. As a result, animals are being treated like objects, kept in cages barely large enough to contain them, beaten ruthlessly, and then skinned, alive. Some people even torture animals for enjoyment.
Here is a video (WARNING: very disturbing) of a group of Chinese people having tied a cat to a tree so it can't move. They have cut open the skin along its back. The cat is using what energy it has left to gently miao for help. They very slowly keep cutting and skinning the cat alive. The cat passes out from the torment, and they wake it up again. They are enjoying this. People walk by, and no one stops or is even surprised.
There are also bear bile farms in China, where moon bears are kept in tiny cages and get unsterilised needles inserted into their abdomen to puncture their gall bladder twice a day and tap bile, because Chinese like to use bile for medicine instead of synthetic alternatives. The wounds never heal for as long as the bears are on the farms. They very frequently develop infections and gall bladder cancer. They also get spine deformities from living their lives in crammed cages.
Here is a video of bear bile farming and AnimalAsia's wonderful work to end it.
There are no animal protection laws in China. Please sign this petition asking to implement animal protection laws.
Over a million Animals will die the most painful death in the next 24 hours in China only.
Fortunately people are becoming more informed in China through animal organisations there. Please support one of the below animal organisations so they can continue their work. Every little bit helps. The suffering of animals in China is tremendous. It is hell.
Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project
People 4 Chinese Animals
Animal Guardian Organization
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March 23, 1986
||Introduce yourself to Teresa
mostly vegan food,
lots of veggies!,
what availability and economy permits,
|Wild Fact About Me
||Act like you would like others to act towards you.
|What Gives Me Hope
||People who do good.
Advances in technology.
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||*Encourage a decrease in consumption of meat, eggs and milk, and an increase in vegetables.
*Make vegan food products much more available.
*Add ethical biology and critical thinking into basic education.
*Abolish factory farms.
*Abolish vivisection without rigorous consent.
*Abolish fur farms.
*Forbid non-human animals in circuses.
*Subsidize environmentally and animal friendly production.
*Legalise basic human rights like abortion and doing what one wants as long as it doesn't hurt anyone/anything.
*Economically pressure China to better its treatment of animals.
*Sponsor teachers to educate people in poor countries.
*Alter laws to regard non-human animals as sentient beings who deserve suffering-free lives a much as humans, rather than things, in all areas.
|What/who changed my life and why
||A documentary about Chinese fur farms. Because I was unaware of that such horrific acts of torture were culturally accepted in parts of the world.
|What Bugs Me
people turning a blind eye,
people not caring about other creatures,
laws prohibiting choices over own body,
|What Scares Me
people turning a blind eye,
people being ok with cruelty
Marian Stamp Dawkins,
||"The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?'"
"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,
Rise of the Planet of the Apes,
Lord of the Rings trilogy,
Blair Witch Project,
Star Wars V
Game of Thrones
|Can't Live Without
||Introduce yourself to Teresa
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