The Forgotten Heroes And Victims Of War

I dream of the day when all humanity and all God’s creatures live in peace…and the violence and suffering of the past is forgotten. I’m happy to share this powerful blog that reminds us of that future. 🙂

Shepherding All God's Creatures

Good Bye Old Man – Fortunino Matania

The pain experienced by humans and animals as a result of war should never be forgotten.  WWI, in which 10 million soldiers died, also resulted in the deaths of 8 million military horses and over 8 million other animals.

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Join Me in Giving Thanks without Giving Suffering, Pain & Death

Every Thanksgiving we celebrate all that we have to be grateful for and it has always puzzled me that we feel that must include cruelty to animals.

Almost no one thinks of it that way, of course. They are just following tradition and offering the food that everyone associates with the Thanksgiving meal.

Almost no one who celebrates with a turkey (or other animal products) would ever harm or kill an animal themselves, and the suffering is out of sight and out of mind.

But the suffering and brutal slaughter goes on nonetheless.

As a collective human society, we are horrified by cruelty and acts of purposeful injury and death to others (human and animal alike), but we are conditioned to completely ignore, disconnect and deny the purposeful injury and death we casually inflict on billions of animals who suffer unseen.

Long ago I stopped being a part of any Thanksgiving celebration where the tortured and slaughtered body of an animal was part of the ritual.

Do those words shock you? They shouldn’t: they are just simply the truth of our treatment of animals raised for food; even so-called “free-range” animals nonetheless suffer the fear and cruelty of transport to and death in the slaughterhouse.

There is another way to celebrate all we have to be thankful for–we can gorge on so many delicious plant-based foods that satisfy the palate as well as that part of us that is merciful.

Please consider a Thanksgiving based on compassion this and every year.

Chickens are Plunged into an “Electrified Bath” as Part of Their Journey into Food but That’s not the Worst Part

 

chicken and rooster and chickI was tuned into NPR the other day and listened as a woman investigating how chickens are treated in the agriculture industry recited the processes as if she was going down a list of items on her shopping listno emotion, no questioning of why are we doing this to sentient animals?– just a recounting of what she had seen.

I was not surprised at the horror, as I’m well aware of the cruelty. What was possibly even more disconcerting is how the woman managed to be so, well, “clinical” about it all, so devoid of any real emotion, and how she happily claims she still eats meat from chickens she knows firsthand are treated with barbarity.

People like to feel good about themselves, and they don’t want to think that they might be causing harm to other living beings. In particular, most people who claim they “love” animals would never themselves do them harm.

Unfortunately, these same people rarely investigate what the animals go through to become their meals.

It’s not a pretty sight.

Before their throats are slit at high-speed in the slaughterhouse, chickens endure a grueling journey by truck to the House of Death and once yanked out of their crammed crates, are then thrown into vats of electrified water. Can you imagine doing that to a cat or a dog? Of course not.

But alas! the lowly chickens are treated as mere “things”, and if the “bath” doesn’t stun them into unconsciousness, they will endure their throats being slit while keenly–and painfully–aware.

Read about the process here if you want to know more. And I’m a firm believer that those who eat chickens owe it to them to at least know how they suffered and died.

And there’s more.

“The U.S. Agriculture Department estimates that hundreds of thousands of birds are unintentionally boiled alive each year because they manage to survive until they reach a scalding water tank that helps loosen feathers from carcasses.”

Why should we pretend this cruelty doesn’t exist? Why should good people be paying for this torture to living beings?

If feeling that throwing an animal into an electrified bath, having its throat slit, and then having him or her thrown into a scalding water tank sickens you, please join me in not paying to have it done for you.

Let’s choose to eat plant-based and put the cruel animal food industries out of business and in the past, where they belong.

Halloween Horrors are Just Another Day in the Meat Industry

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I love Halloween, and I know most people love it, too.

Maybe it’s the fact that on this one night we can let our freak out. 😀

We dress up to become someone or something entirely different than our usual selves and we gorge on candy and scare ourselves with tales of torture, scenes of horror, and images of death and darkness.

We do this as humans, of course, because it’s all harmless fun and it also allows us to face our worst fears and laugh them off.

Not so for the animals we raise for food, fur and entertainment.

These animals face horrors every single day of their miserable lives.

It’s standard operating procedure in the animal exploitation business.

They are beaten, intensely confined, violently slaughtered.

Factory farms and abattoirs are true houses of horror.

Don’t take my word for it–do the research yourself. My films section is a good place to start.

From piglets having their tales cut off without anesthesia to male chicks ground alive in “macerator” machines, to female pigs confined so tightly they can’t turn around for their entire lives to chickens and pigs being scalded alive to the dismemberment and skinning of live, conscious animals like cows, we have created a macabre world so dark, so pitiless, so brutal and cruel that most people don’t want to hear about it or acknowledge it.

For the animals we exploit and dominate, confine and kill, we are Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface, Jigsaw…the list goes on.

Most of us will never be tortured and murdered and we can scare ourselves and then laugh it off.

Unfortunately, the animals cannot escape their houses of horrors.

They are powerless against the brutality shown them, and they never wake up from their nightmare.

Please go vegan and together let’s finally end this darkness for our animal friends.

And by the way, there are plenty of delicious vegan candies for your Halloween gorging!

Oh, and check out the Sweet and Sara website when you have a craving for chocolate and marshmallows–I can personally attest that these treats are absolutely delicious!

Happy hauntings and sugar comas! 😀

And thank you for thinking of the animals and helping end their real-life horrors.

 

“Please Don’t Tell Me About It”

pig-memeWe humans are a strange lot.

We eat the remains of animals violently butchered and (for the vast majority) kept in horrendously cruel conditions until their short lives are ended at the slaughterhouse.

Yet we don’t want our dinner spoiled by hearing the details.

I cannot think of one single area in the lives of humans where the bizarre acceptance of what is repulsive to our minds and hearts (for most of us) is so conveniently denied and universally accepted.

If we can’t stand to hear the details, refuse to watch a video, hide from any photo that might expose blood, guts and cruelty, how on earth do we eat the food from which the savagery was obtained?

I think I know how–as I, too, was raised to eat animal flesh.

We pretend it can’t be that bad. We tell ourselves it’s o.k. when it’s clearly not to anyone with compassion (and most of us have compassion), and we accept it as normal because that’s what society tells us it is.

Yet, in this season of Halloween when we scare ourselves with bloody images of torture and death, let’s remember what the abattoir really is: a real-life, sickening place of fear, suffering and violent, gory death.

The slaughterhouse isn’t a scary Halloween prop but an actual place where there is no mercy and no escape for innocents from violent slaughter.

And let’s ask ourselves: if we can’t look at the real-life butchering, how on earth are we eating it?

Why I Believe There’s Hope to End Animal Cruelty

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Although there are certainly days I despair that mankind will ever change his ways in any significant way when it comes to animal exploitation, I have hope for a future in which human beings refuse to engage in or support anything that intentionally harms other sentient creatures.

The reason I have hope isn’t just because so many people are being exposed to the horrors of animal abuse and slaughter (through undercover videos, documentaries, etc.) and as a result are refusing to fund them in numbers greater than at any time in history, though that’s a good reason to have great expectations!

I have hope because there are so many people who get defensive and therefore mock veganism. They show me that a nerve is being struck, consciences are being uncomfortably prodded, and the human ego is being resistant to the message, precisely because at some level, no matter how deep, most people know that animal cruelty–whether it’s shown to a horse, a dog, a pig or a cow–is just wrong.

When there’s a shift in the collective consciousness, as there was when slavery was being challenged or women’s rights were being demanded, there’s a backlash and in fact, that means the message is actually being heard.

The worst thing for the movement to eliminate animal suffering would be for people to completely ignore the message–for apathy wouldn’t show us we were striking any chords in human minds and hearts.

I remind myself of that when I’m called a freak or worse. 😀

 

8 Things Vegans Need to Stop Doing

To the Heart of the Matter

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When I read the article I’ve provided a link to below, I was reminded of how the author had nailed exactly how I feel and how I’ve thought for a long, long time. She, too, has always been concerned for humans and has worked to help end the oppression and suffering of humanity.

And she explains why, though she still cares deeply for all humanity, she now devotes much of her time to animal advocate issues, and when you read her powerful testimony, you’ll see why.

My belief is that we strike at the roots of human indifference, human cruelty and human sadism when we work at ending the appalling heartlessness with which we treat the animal kingdom and when we face the heartbreaking reality that otherwise good people actually pay for it.

Tracey Narayani Glover tells her tale in

“Why I’m An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World”:

https://www.thedodo.com/why-im-an-animal-lover-1236421957.html

Diet Series: Anna’s Story

Anna Wildman shares her personal story of going vegan and it’s delightfully honest…so it’s my pleasure to reblog it here. If you’ve ever wondered how a person who “ate meat and dairy every single day for the first 21 years of my life. I always thought vegetarians and vegans were extremists who weren’t living life right” turns vegan. check out Anna’s story:

The Barefoot Aya

I ate meat and dairy every single day for the first 21 years of my life. I always thought vegetarians and vegans were extremists who weren’t living life right.

Then, on a random afternoon in late December 2014, I decided to watch a documentary called Vegucated. It revealed the factory farming industry’s horrible treatment of animals as well as its negative effects on the environment. The film struck a chord with me, and I came away from it thinking, “I can’t participate in this anymore.”

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Why I’m Transitioning Back Into Veganism (For Good)

I’m happily sharing this blogger’s (Sarah Nicole Green) authentic personal experience with veganism. I, too, went back and forth with veganism over the decades and finally embraced it in 2011 (also for good) and have never been healthier or more at peace with living my belief that all animals deserve our compassion. 🙂

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I’m not gonna lie, this is a tough topic for me to write about.

I feel like I’m often made fun of by friends and family for going back and forth between vegan and non-vegan, and it’s hard to constantly have people ask “so what are you now?” with a scoff.

I’ve had a long, on-and-off relationship with veganism.

I won’t go into all the details, but I became a vegetarian in 2012 while in college, and have teetered in and out of veganism since then. At the beginning of every vegan phase, I would be inspired by a lifestyle that reduces your carbon footprint while also advocating for animal rights; however, with time, it would always turn into a restrictive diet tactic. I would start to lose weight, and I lost focus on the ethical side of the lifestyle and would hyperfocus on how to lose more weight by…

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