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To be a Feminist is to be a Vegan

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The animal farming industry has done quite a job of advertising images of ‘happy cows‘ gladly giving us their milk, as well as covering up their offensive procedures. However, even if all the heartless practices associated with factory farming were not customary, it is deeply troubling that the female reproductive system of any species is widely perceived as nothing more than an economic resource.

Many in the feminist movement might be interested to learn that some in the animal industry actually use the term ‘rape-rack’ to describe the piece of equipment used to restrain and artificially inseminate cows and pigs. Even on many small-scale farms though, inseminators invade the animal’s body by putting their arm up her rectum, to push on the cervix, while inseminating her with the other hand. Inconceivably to me, even women perform this job.

I often ponder in disbelief our culture’s uncivilized ways and what people choose to fund with their purchases. It’s hard to imagine a human being taking a crying baby from his mother shortly after birth to have his throat slit. However, this is the fate of calves born to cows used for dairy production. ‘Bobby calves,’ the unwanted male calves who are an unavoidable by-product of the dairy industry, are generally taken away soon after birth (both on organic and non-organic farms), and are frequently sold to be turned into ‘veal.’ In some countries, male calves are shot at birth.

Both mother and calf are traumatized and bellow loudly after their forced separation. If nature was allowed to take its course, calves would suckle from their mothers from several months to a year. If given the option, mother cows and their offspring would stay together for life.


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3:05AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

I will just leave this here.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

One can be both a vegan and a feminist, or one can be a vegetarian and a feminist, one can be an omnivore and a feminist, also one could be vegan and not a feminist, one could be vegetarian yet not feminist and others can be omnivore and not a feminist either.

There are others who are doctrinaire ideologues who believe that their worldview and only their worldview speaks the Truth. They negate all others as in their minds there is nothing else but their 'truth.' They stand atop a self-erected pedestal where there is no room for anything else but their viewpoint as the true one. They proclaim that all others are mere hypocrites. Their eyes, ears and all other sense are closed, clamped firmly shut like a Venus Flytrap. Nothing outside their world exists for them.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

Meanwhile, the rest of the world moves on, confident, open and sharing in the acceptance of a diversity of ideas and ideals. Those who proclaim that they are the one and only are swept aside by the tides of history and free thought that includes and embraces all ideas.

Feminism is an ideal. No one owns it, it is not exclusive and all of us embrace it be we omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. Feminism excludes no one who is open to the world in all of its diversity.

1:31PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Indeed, Marilyn!

The mare has AI, then eight days later her uterus is flushed out and the fluid examined for an embryo, which is then placed in another mare whose cycle is at the right stage. It's a very expensive method to breed a foal from a top competition mare while she is still competing. Super fitness and pregnancy don't go well together in horses. I've had to explained to me while on a tour of the place where it is carried out, and the mares look very happy to me!

Years ago a much-loved mare was the light of my life, which means I can identify equine emotions far more easily that I can with some other species.

I was intrigued by the stallion's 'sex toys' which they apparently soon get used to. Then I heard of AI being used with giant pandas and ever since have been trying to imagine a panda in the place of a stallion.... Somehow I just can't imagine it!

6:33AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Sad it is that there are people who are willing to call it IN VITRO fertilization and they're fine with that for humans, but they have such a severe case of anthropomorphism that it is seen as rape in the animal world.
That really does trivialize actual rape and makes light of the consequences.

There is no comparison.

3:58AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

I'vegot another thought for these folk who think AI for cattle is wrong.

Do you know about embryo transfer for horses?

12:53PM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

** I'm glad Angel Flinn has the frankness to say: "To be a Feminist is to be a Vegan" **

Ah yes - frankness. It can be such an endearing quality. As long as you remember that frankness is only an expression of one's opinion and NOT a statement of facts. You can quote Singer as much as you want. He still only wrote about HIS opinion, not facts. Keeping that in mind, I don't understand why you'd quote someone else's OPINION so extensively.

Feminism and veganism are two separate and different entities.

Does it not strike you as rather fascist for someone to INSIST that you must be one thing to be the other?

In another post you said ** Let us see who the hypocrite is.**

How do you propose that be determined? What are the qualifications of a hypocrite? What will be the subject or object of this hypocrisy? Inquiring minds want to know.

Or don't.

6:18AM PDT on Oct 23, 2013

Some folk, like Marilyn and myself, cannot live a healthy life on a vegan diet so we are obliged to be omnivores.

It seems to me that if you want to be a vegan, you focus on animals not ending up in slaughterhouses to feed you, but you don't dwell on the deaths of wildlife made homeless for your food to be grown, nor bother too much about your food miles.

If you have to be an omnivore, you focus on the wildlife that can thrive if you choose your sources of meat with care, plus the reduced food miles, but once you are satisfied that the farmer cared enough about his animals to be careful about his choice of slaughterhouse, you don't dwell a lot on slaughterhouses and the like.

You can't have it both ways. Each to his own! All that remains is for the two sides to get on with each other, and to band together against factory farms.

10:33AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

You seem incapable of comprehending that your own hands are guiding the knife...or you just refuse to look at yourself and accept it because you're in denial and think that what's not on your dinner plate matters more than what SHOULD be in your heart.

10:13AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

You want me to be sensitive to the suffering of someone who cut his fingers while slitting throats?

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