First Vegan Cinema Advert

“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”

Albert Schweitzer

This is such great news, a step towards ending the cruelty of farming, the systematic rearing torture and slaughter of sentient beings for a food that is not natural, eaten to please the appetite.

“In September 2017, Viva! launched a campaign to raise enough money to bring the first VEGAN cinema ad to the UK. One month and over 1,400 donations later, we smashed the goal! The cinema ad launched nationwide on 1st December 2017. See below to find out how you can see it on the big screen!”
VIVA Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals

Above is the UK’s first ever VEGAN CINEMA AD launched Friday 1st December 2017

How can you watch the Ad?

For more information and to view the list of cinemas the ad is being shown and find out which films to see:
https://www.viva.org.uk/bring-hope-to-millions#showings

Don’t forget to click the following link if you have not already done so to access lots of help and advice about how to change to a vegan diet. Includes recipes, information about where to shop and to eat out. Also more about Hope the mother pig in the above video.

Easy Vegan
https://www.viva.org.uk/easyvegan

More about rescued mother pig and her piglets

Also be sure to read Hopes Story and view rescue video
https://www.viva.org.uk/hopes-story

A happier life now for Hope and her piglets rescued from the nightmare of factory farming.

Below is an example of the horror that exists for pigs like Hope and other farm animals: sheep, cows, poultry &  rabbits

After watching the film below I am sure you will agree this is hell on earth.

“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.”
Plutarch

If you eat meat you are complicit!

Meat is not a natural part of the human diet and comes from the suffering and death of billions of sentient beings like Hope and her piglets

Please consider changing to a vegan diet.

Warning graphic images

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Cadbury’s Dairy Farms: The Cruelty Behind Every Bar of Chocolate

The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.
Michael Klaper

Cadbury’s want you to adopt a cow!

The cruelty behind your Cadbury’s Dairy Milk

A CALF AND A HALF (VIVA!’S CADBURY FARMS INVESTIGATION)
https://www.viva.org.uk/why-you-dont-need-dairy-animal-welfare/calf-and-half-cadbury-investigation

White Lies
https://www.whitelies.org.uk/

Cadbury’s ludicrous promotion comes with a bizarre offer for families to adopt one of 20 cows and enter a draw to win a family farmyard weekend away to meet the animal. I say bizarre because the reality of the situation is nothing like the one they would like to have you believe.

The idea aimed at families is to submit an on-line a code number from packets of selected Cadbury’s chocolate and choosing the cow they would like to adopt “based on photos and qualities” provided on the site.

In the lead-up to the prize draw in late September, Cadbury will be interacting with families by providing families with “small moments of joy” through regular news and updates from the herd.

Cadbury brand manager David McDermott says: “This latest campaign will remind consumers that the great taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk is created using fresh ingredients from British and Irish farms while creating moments of joy over the summer with a moo­nique and engaging family campaign.”

McDermott adds: “For many people, Cadbury Dairy Milk was their first taste of chocolate thanks to the iconic glass and a half credentials but in research, we uncovered that one in five children do not know that milk comes from cows!”

They also do not know the terrible conditions of cows in factory farms where in reality Cabury’s milk is produced. The milk from the much promoted “Glass and half” does not come from cows grazing in some peaceful idyl in fields of buttercups, with the sun warming their backs and their calves by their sides, in most cases nothing could be further from the truth.

Here is the grim reality behind your, glass and a half milk.

Two or three times every day, dairy cows are hooked up to milk machines. They are commonly pushed to produce ten times more milk than is natural.”

Like other factory farmed animals the lot of a cow is a life filled with suffering and exploitation in dreadful conditions.

The dairy cow is kept constantly pregnant in a continuous and exhausting cycle of misery. Within two to three months of giving birth cows are impregnated again, mostly by artificial insemination. As lactation lasts around 10 months the cow is simultaneously pregnant and lactating for 6 to 8 months during each calving cycle. Cows have a 6 to 8 week period between lactation ceasing and their next calving.

In order to provide you with milk,  a food that we like every other mammal no longer needs after weaning, she is milked two or three times each day and often much more frequently. After giving birth her calf is taken away within twenty-four hours after the calf has taken the colostrum, which in all animals protects the young one from disease. However the calf is removed before he or she can have any of the milk which must all be kept for humans, a calf never has any of his or her mother’s milk. Cows are good mothers, they are severely traumatised when their calves are taken away from them, they can bellow for days. In his book, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon Jeffrey Mason tells of an account given him by an RSPCA officer concerning one particular cow, who was considerably distraught for a period of six weeks by the loss of her calf. When the calf was removed she was beside herself with grief, gazing into the empty pen bellowing for hour after hour, only moving when forced to do so. Even after six weeks she would stare into the pen, it was as though her spirit was broken as she gazed into the pen in the forlorn hope that she would find her calf there.

Because of man’s interference a cow will produce as much as 7,000 litres of milk each year, an enormous amount far in access of that required by her calf, and three times the amount produced a century ago. This drastic increase is the result of injecting the cow with growth hormones to produce more milk. An outrageous and inhumane abuse of another living being; treating a cow as though she is nothing more than a milk producing machine, spouting milk rather like a spring spouts water.

The atrocities of course do not stop there. What happens to her calf? If he is male he is considered an unwanted by product of the dairy industry and unless he is required for breeding he is shot after barely a week of life. Here is an eye witness account of what happens in an intensive factory farm:

‘When I got to the farm, I could see that a cow had just calved. The young calf was just a few hours old and was suckling. I stood watching and smiling. There is no more beautiful sight. The farmer came over and – I thought – tousled the calf’s ear. But there was a gun in his other hand and he put it to the calf’s head. When the shot fired, the mother jumped and ran. The calf went down kicking but he didn’t die outright. He was dragged away, still kicking as the milk spilled from his mouth.’ :
https://www.animalaid.org.uk/secret-filming-reveals-rise-collapse-battery-cow/

Cows are selectively bred, genetically manipulated, and fed with concentrated feeds and hormones, as a result they produce ten times more milk than their calf would have needed to suckle. The dire consequences of over milking result in the painful, distressing and potentially fatal condition of mastitis, an infection of the udder, the antibiotics forced up her udders do little to control the disease: antibiotics to treat mastitis are painfully injected up the teat canal. As a precaution many farmers inject their entire herd. And keep in mind such treatments are not to ease the cow’s suffering but rather to improve the cow’s continued viability as a milk producing machine. Her udders as a consequence of man’s interventions are oversized, as many as two thirds of cows become lame from foot and leg disorders that result from difficulties walking due to the huge size of her udders. Often she can barely walk, so heavy and cumbersome are her udders. The dairy cow is forced in the way described above to produce ten litres of milk per day, normally a cow’s udder will hold only 2 litres. The overload of milk causes the udder to become so heavy that it drags on the ground.

Furthermore she becomes exhausted and her muscles waste away as a result of the enormous expenditure of energy required to produce these unnatural amounts of milk. After three years of such misery cows are utterly spent, exhausted and many die well short of their life expectancy of 21 years or more. There is a case of a cow in Ireland living until she was 39, so who knows cows may live longer in the wild than we realise.  Those who somehow cope with the exhaustion, survive mastitis and other diseases are in any case slaughtered for their meat after giving birth to as many as eight calves, after between four to seven years of exploitation. Moreover as many as 25 percent of dairy cows are actually pregnant when they are killed.

Yes you will see cows in fields of course but most are in milking sheds, like you see in the Animal Aid video above, dark dank places with concrete floors – a major cause of lameness – tethered in a narrow stall unable to graze or follow their natural inclinations. Rather like battery hens many cows are kept in such conditions all year round, only a very few are put out to pasture. Grass and other feed consisting of high protein diet to increase milk yield is brought to them. This is called zero grazing and takes the cruelty of dairy farming to another level; grazing is a strong natural instinct as is the rearing of their young. In even more severe and inhumane scenarios cows are intensively milked day and night by computer automated machines, the old fashion farm where a cow is milked twice a day, twelve hours apart is becoming a thing of the past.

Any modicum of freedom is denied them, instead of standing in grass, in the warmth of the sun and the cool of the breeze they now stand on concrete floors in their own excrement, there is no mental stimulation, they suffer lameness and the misery of mastitis. Such intensive farming results in high levels of stress, disease and psychological damage.

Help to bring an end to this cruelty, please do not enter this promotion, eat chocolate or other dairy products

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures
none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures

Thomas de Quincey

Related Links

Animal Rights: Cattle
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-rights-Cattle.htm

Petition: Demand a Cruelty Free Life for Geese and Ducks

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Please sign the following petition:

Demand a Cruelty Free Life for Geese and Ducks!

Many outdoor brands use down feathers from geese or ducks in their products. Each company claims that the feathers they use are byproducts of the meat industry, implying products are cruelty free. However, down travels through many systems, farms and hands before it is made into a final product to be sold to the consumer.

This makes tracing it back to the actual farm or individual flock of geese and ducks a challenge. Without traceability, it will be impossible to ascertain that live plucking and force feeding did not take place.

While most of the outdoor brands state that they do not accept down from live-plucked or force-fed animals, evidence to back these claims is often missing.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/616/135/187/

Please Note There is nothing Cruelty free about the meat industry, this is an animal welfare issue rather than an animal rights issue. There is no way that any animal derived product is cruelty free at any level. Live plucking is of course hideously cruel and needs to be stopped now and signing the petition may help in bringing this about and end this particular cruelty but this is not the end of the matter.

All animal farming is cruel, factory farming being the worse. There is nothing cruelty free about the exploitation of any living being for any reason whatsoever. There is nothing humane about killing animals for their meat, their feathers, down, fur or any other animal derived product. No animal product is cruelty free

Here is what happens to geese and ducks and other poultry in the farming industry.

Animal Rights: Factory Farming Poultry

http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_rights-%20Poulty.htm

Factory Farming: Battery Hens

Battery Farming

End Battery Farming

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Look at these tiny chicks, living beings packed in boxes as though they were inanimate objects.

Battery Farming has officially came to an end here in the UK and in Europe but not all members countries have been compliant:

Millions of hens in Greece are still kept in barren systems. Take action for hens by calling on the Greek Government to enforce the law.

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/egg-laying-hens/

Please take the following action:
http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=29685&ea.tracking.id=2d57aea1

Battery hens continue to suffer elsewhere, including the USA where roughly 95 percent of all eggs in the U.S. still come from caged hens  and Australia where 11 million ‘battery’ hens are confined to small cages in which they are unable to perform most of their natural behaviours. Of course the USA and Australia are by no means alone in their continuation of this cruelty which takes place worldwide.

21 Things the Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

Including tiny chicks ground up while they are still alive!!

Read more – Includes disturbing images
http://www.peta.org/features/egg-industry-cruelty/

The Life Of A Chicken

If you are unfortunate enough to be born a member of gallus gallus domesticus you are in for a truly miserable life. You will face immense suffering at the hands of your powerful primate-master.

Various unpleasant fates await you – your life will go one of two directions – you will either be a chicken destined for meat consumption or you will be designated an egg-producing chicken. In fact you will get so accustomed to your roles that you will either be born a broiler (meat) strain chicken or an egg strain chicken.

http://reflectionselection.com/2014/11/19/the-life-of-a-chicken/

If nothing else shocks you than maybe this will

They called it ‘state of the art’ — but the lives led by ‘forgotten’ hens trapped inside this ‘Egg Corp Assured’ PACE factory farm will leave you stunned…

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/forgotten-battery-hens   – if you live in Australia please scroll down the above page and take the suggested action and send a message to your state MP.

Action to Take

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Unfortunately being vegetarian of course does not tackle the cruelty of egg laying battery hens. While many decide upon learning about the suffering of these poor creatures to only use free range, this was the case for myself before deciding to take the next step from being vegetarian to vegan, this does not satisfactorily resolve the cruelty issue entirely. Though an improvement free range usually requires the death of the hen as soon as she cannot lay any eggs.

The ideal therefore is to go vegan and exclude eggs entirely from your diet.

Want some help?  Click the links below

Order Your FREE Vegan Starter Kit!
http://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/

UK – Free Vegan Starter Kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376

Recipes from the vegan society:
https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

If you eat eggs please think again. Eating eggs promotes cruelty, it is unnecessary and is not only bad for the unfortunate chickens but bad for your health. I have not eaten eggs for about six years. It can be done, there are alternatives and a cake cooked without eggs tastes little different to cakes cooked with eggs. You can even cook egg free flans.

Read more about the lives of battery hens including some good news stories beginning with an heartwarming video as three long suffering battery hens enjoy their freedom

Good news for some battery hens

Ex Battery Hens First Moments of Freedom

A moving video as three little ex battery hens enjoy the first taste of freedom

Queenie lost her battle to Egg Peritonitis, a disease that occurs when the contents of an egg are laid in the abdomen and becomes infected. Belle and Ruby both had similar issues, and have had significant operations and ongoing treatment. Queenie had always been the strongest of the three hens, but her illness was well disguised and we simply were unable to save her, despite an intense rush to the vet and orders to ‘do everything’ to save her. This disease is common in battery hens as their reproductive organs are so heavily overworked. Their tired little bodies cannot cope with a lifetime of egg laying in such a short time in unnatural conditions.

Their condition was terrible. They had severe feather loss due to living their life in a cage no bigger than an A4 piece of paper per hen. They had their beaks cut and mutilated, as is standard industry practice, to stop them pecking other hens when they go crazy in their cages. They have pale combs and in some cases (look at Queenie) the combs are enlarged. They don’t know how to drink out of a bowl and don’t know how to eat anything other than pellet mash. They’ve lived their entire lives in cages, in a gigantic shed, with the constant noise of thousands of other chickens.

These lovely, quirky ladies had never experienced sunshine on their feathers, grass under their feet, or the opportunity to stretch their wings.
This moment was when we decided that could be no more, and we took them outside to discover the world that they should always have been able to experience.

Read More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDyEDX9SH0Y

45 Ex-Battery Hens Get Their Very Own Photoshoot

Read more:

When a truck carrying thousands of hens overturned on the way to the slaughterhouse, sanctuaries from all over Spain stepped forward to provide the survivors with a second chance at life.

Here at Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary, we were lucky enough to be able to give 45 of the little feathered ladies a home with us. As we prepared to share their story with the world, we decided what better way to help educate people about the individuality of the animals lost within the system than by giving each and every hen their very own photoshoot?

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/45-ex-battery-hens-get-their-very-own-photoshoot.html#ixzz3QaCwUGOh

Chickens Used for Food

Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In the United States, more than 7 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 452 million hens are used for their eggs. Ninety-nine percent of these animals spend their lives in total confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.

More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, yet not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse

Read More:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/chickens/

Information about the factory farming of hens

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_rights-%20Poulty.htm#Chickens__

Credits

Heavan in a rage:

By Maqi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battery-farm.jpg  Text added  –
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Baby chicks:
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By Joe Valbuena (USDA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

The Real Cost of Christmas for the Turkeys

 

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Here in the UK an astonishing number of turkeys are killed each year.

It is estimated that around 10 to 20 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK every year just for Christmas –  in addition millions of other animals suffer and die including pigs, chickens, geese and ducks during this so called season of peace and goodwill. Odd way to celebrate the birth of a man whom many believe to be a man of peace by the massacre of millions of sentient creatures who suffer as we do, animals whose lives are as important to them as yours is to you.

Here are the facts:

Turkeys

90% are kept in windowless sheds with as many as 25,000 other birds. Wild turkeys live for around 10 years, but those destined to be eaten are slaughtered when they’re between 9 and 24 weeks old. It’s not just turkeys though – millions of pigs, geese and ducks also suffer in a time of supposed peace and goodwill. According to those organisations promoting turkey meat, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional roast turkey! But how ‘traditional’ is it really?

Please continue reading:
https://www.vegsoc.org/truecost#.VI0z1jGsWUQ

Worldwide it is really not possible to even estimate how many turkeys are massacred at Christmas time. As already mentioned here in the the UK it is around 10 to 15  million, in the USA about 20 million with around 40 million on Thanks Giving, in  Australia between 3 to 5 million

In the USA 20 million are slaughtered for Christmas and 40 million for thanks giving.

Ben Franklin called turkeys “true American originals.” He had tremendous respect for their resourcefulness, agility, and beauty. Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 18 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.

But the story is very different for turkeys on factory farms: They will be killed when they are only 5 or 6 months old and, during their short lives, will be denied even the simplest pleasures, such as running, building nests, and raising their young.

Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Read more:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/#ixzz3LrmolLLv

Cruel Farming of Turkey’s

Here is how turkeys live their short wretched miserable lives

Stuffed! – Viva! investigation of UK turkey farms 

Warning distressing images

Undercover footage of the conditions in which turkeys are reared on six farms – including two of the UK’s biggest producers. The video shows overcrowded sheds, dead and dying birds, animals with gaping wounds, birds with one half of their beak removed and cannibalism. The companies involved are Bernard Matthews (the biggest turkey producer in Europe), Kerry Foods (owners of Home Pride, Mattessons Walls and Greens), and farms in Braintree, Sevenoaks, Chichester and Devon

Meat Your Meat: Turkeys

Warning very upsetting for people who care about animals.

 

Below is a longer version of the above video ( includes information about factory farming of other animals)

 

 

Every year in the United States, almost 300 million turkeys are killed for their flesh. Virtually all spend their entire lives on factory farms and have no federal legal protection.

Turkeys raised on factory farms are hatched in large incubators and never see their mothers or feel the warmth of a nest. When they are only a few weeks old, they are moved into filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys, where they will spend the rest of their lives

Read more:
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/turkey-industry/#ixzz3Ls3Gqx66

Don’t take comfort by organic or free range turkeys

The reality of a free range farm

Something To Be Thankful For
A short film from Animal Place about the rescue of a single turkey from a “free-range” farm, days before Thanksgiving. Though this film shows a positive outcome for one lucky Turkey it also shows the shocking conditions in which so called free range turkeys live.

 

If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at what happens to organic turkeys in this next video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear and is never humane, there is nothing humane or ethical in bringing about the end of the life of a sentient being who like you and I  wants to live his days as nature intended. Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca once wrote:

But for the sake of some little mouthful of meat, we deprive a soul of the sun and light,
and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Warning distressing images of turkeys being slaugtered

Xmas Special the Short life of organic Turkys   

In Great Britain about 10 million of turkeys are killed for Christmas. This film shows breeding and slaughter of free range turkeys in one of organic farms in Britain.

Comparing to traditional and factory farming, organic way of breeding animals seems to be a healthier and more ethical solution.

But even in strict organic conditions these sensitive and majestic birds suffer from unnatural conditions, decrease of living space -what leads to diseases, stress and aggressive behaviour.  And after all, they have a short life on a farm, are raised only to be killed and later their meat is sold.

If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at turkey slaughter in this video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear.

This year’s Christmas can be truly compassionate. Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life.

 

No indeed your conscience can’t really be salved can it?  At the end of their time these sentient beings are cruelly slaughtered.

Question the ethics of killing millions of living beings to celebrate a festival about which few really understand. Most people do so from habit, tradition and thoughtlessness. I know I was once of this mindset.

Those of the Christian religion please question the incongruity of this festive blood bath to celebrate the birth of a person whom you consider to be a man of peace.

What can I do?

Go Vegan is the immediate answer though not the only one as things cannot be allowed to continue the way they are in cruel factory farms and inhumane slaughter houses and the end to such cruelty needs be made law now. Nonetheless going vegan or vegetarian , though vegetarians  need to consider the ethics of of consuming milk and eggs, is a good start in bringing an end to the vile cruelty of factory farming and slaughter

The best way to end the suffering of animals is to go vegan – or at least start in that direction. We can help you do just that. Please also share this page with your friends and family so that they know how animals suffer and how they can help end that suffering.

See more from VIVA about going vegan
http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/video-library/turkey-investigation-footage

Lots of advice to help you go vegan:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/go-veggie-christmas

Go straight to the Christmas recipes:
http://veganrecipeclub.org.uk/christmas

Top Five Tips for a Vegan Christmas Feast
Read more: http://www.peta.org/living/food/top-five-tips-vegan-christmas-feast/#ixzz3LwrV5jkz

Vegan society all year round recipes
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

Make this year a compassionate and cruelty free Christmas Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life

How to Have a Vegan Christmas Feast With All the Trimmings
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/12/vegan-christmas-feast-trimmings/

OVERVIEW OF CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CRUELTY CAMPAIGN
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/living/ALL/563/

Quick and easy cook alternatives

If it all seems a bit of an effort think of the Turkeys, isn’t it worth it. There are though quick and easy ready prepared alternatives for those less inclined to cooking:

Here in the UK sold at Holland and Barrett and other health food stores

Celebration Roast and other prepackaged easy to cook and prepare meals
http://www.vbites.eu/food/products/111-celebration-roast-445g

In the USA

Tofurky® Holiday Products:
http://www.tofurky.com/tofurkyproducts/holiday_products.html

More from PETA:
PETA’s Favorite Vegan Substitutes
http://www.peta.org/living/food/favorite-products/

Here is a recipe for tofu turkey, though this does require more preparation and cooking:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tofu-turkey-i/

If you don’t live in the UK or USA most countries now are likely to have stores that stock alternatives just enter a search such as:
Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives or vegan substitutes

More information

End Factory farming:
http://factoryfarming.org.uk/whatis.html

Never doubt that Turkeys are sentient beings:

Sentience in Farm Animals: Turkeys

A turkey is not just for Christmas, a turkey is a thinking, feeling being with a life of his or her own. Below you will read compelling facts and anecdotes that demonstrate that a turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient.

Read More:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/sentience%20in%20farm%20animals%20poultry%20turkeys.htm

Turkey Facts:

A random selection of interesting or unusual facts about Turkeys
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Turkey_Facts.htm

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Birds-Big-Cruelty-Turkeys-in-Australia/153541898049663

Credit Photo

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Please Take Action to Help Rabbits

Rabbits it seems are among the most mistreated of animals, from cosmetic testing to live plucking of Angora rabbits in China, to factory farmed rabbits in tiny barren cages who suffer unimaginable pain and misery.

Today I would like you to please take action concerning the factory farming of rabbits in Europe.

Watch the video from Compassion in World Farming, it will break you heart.

Warning: This video contains scenes of a distressing nature


Please sign the petition

Through the summer of 2014, Compassion’s Investigation Unit operated undercover in 16 separate rabbit farms throughout Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland and Cyprus. What they found was appalling.

Time and again, our team found unspeakable welfare conditions, the most barren environments imaginable, and hotbeds for disease, dependent on the routine use of antibiotics just to keep animals alive.

Read More and sign the Petition:
http://action.ciwf.org.uk//ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32239&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=cageage&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link  Important: this petition can be signed by anyone anywhere in the world.

Eye witness accounts:

Italy

Just a machine, each doe is pulled from its cage for a few seconds to be inseminated artificially. She’s still rearing her un-weaned young but the next litter is already being planned out. By the end of the investigation I realised this was the only time the does spend outside of their cages. Their production charts show they’ve been here for 2 years –across the shed the males have been cage-bound for 4 years.

They produce big litter sizes but with an inherent ability to be unable to look after them all – resulting in as many as 6 baby rabbits being culled from a litter of 16.

Greece

For these rabbits, it’s a life encased in wire. But I shouldn’t call it a life really. It’s a three-month existence. An existence that takes away from these young animals everything that makes life worth living. What brief moments they get outside of their cages consist only of rough handling as they are moved between cages. The only fresh air they will ever breathe is on the drive to the slaughterhouse. The last time they’re lifted out of a cage it’s by a worker at the slaughterhouse; grabbing them by their ears and shoving them head first into an electrical stunner before having their throats cut.

More information including more eye witness accounts:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/investigations/rabbit-investigations/the-biggest-secret-of-the-cage-age/

Please note as a vegan and an animal rights activist I am an abolitionist and would therefore prefer to see an end to the farming of animals for their meat and other derivatives. However  I occasionally sign Compassion in World Farming’s petitions because any improvement in the conditions for farmed animals, particularly in such dire circumstances as appalling as those in these European farms, is a positive move in the right direction.

Want to do more

Join the campaign to end the Cage Age:
https://ciwf.e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32141&ea.tracking.id=2d57aea1 I am not certain but I think anyone anywhere, not just the EU countries, may join the End the Cage Age campaign which requires only that you enter your e-mail address.

Go Vegan
I have to say again that while improving conditions is a positive step towards a better life for animals the ideal situation is to STOP eating meat or consuming any other animal derivatives and go vegan.

Anyone wishing to go vegan may find this useful:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Please take as many of the suggested actions as you can and share share share

You could write to your EMPs

Contact Your EMPs:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html?country=DE

Agricultural Minister, Dacian Cioloş :
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/contact/commissioner/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/

A word about petitions – Actions can be successful

Never think it is a waste of time signing petitions, writing letters and e-mail. Such actions often have the desired effect and bring about changes that would otherwise not take place.

Here is the latest example.

Last year a campaign by PETA and similar animal rights groups concerning the live plucking of Angora rabbits was very successful with many clothing retailers stopping the sale of Angora.

Unfortunately French Connection recently resumed selling Angora in its stores.That is until a successful campaign by PETA and other activists changed their minds. In fact I was about to include details of the campaign here again today but as I was about to publish I saw this great news:

Thank FCUK! French Connection Listens to YOU, Drops Angora

JUST IN: French Connection has announced that it is ending the use of angora in the production of its clothing and accessories with immediate effect. This is wonderful news for rabbits, and for everyone who believes in compassionate fashion!

This victory comes after more than 100,000 compassionate people flooded the store with emails, tweets and Facebook messages asking it to stop supporting cruelty to rabbits, who often have the hair torn from their bodies as they scream in pain on Chinese angora farms.

Please read more
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/10/thank-fcuk-french-connection-listens-drops-angora/

So you see every signature, every share on facebook and twitter, every letter and e-mail makes a difference.

Pleases sign the above petition, it is quite simple and requires only entering a few details.

 

Three Shocking Facts About Eating Meat

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The Surprise

A humorous take on the issue of eating meat, with a reminder of some of the harm it causes to us individually and to the wider world.

Source: Byzantine_K https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/14996938526/ – includes larger sizes  for down load with a creative Commons License.

Though the above poster is satire the message it conveys is one of a shocking reality that few people fully comprehend.

Shocking fact: 65 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide each year

That right! Approximately 65 billion land (farm) animals are slaughtered worldwide every year  to sate the appetite of wealthy people in the west for a food they do not need and is not natural. A further 90 billion marine animals are also killed worldwide every year!

Here in the UK alone over 900 million farm animals die each year, in 2011 this included 8.5 million pigs, nearly 15 million sheep, 17 million turkeys, 15 million ducks, over 931 million chickens and 2.8 million cattle. Add to that 4.5 billion fish and 2.6 billion shellfish you have a total of over 8 billion animals killed in the UK each year.

This equates to 22 million animals slaughtered every day; 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second.

Read More:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/slaughter/slaughter-farmed-animals-uk

Cruel Britannia – the shocking truth about animal farming in Britain today
Warning!!! some people may find this video upsetting. If you don’t there has to be something very wrong with you!

Source of video

http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/cruel-britannia-life-and-death-uk-factory-farms – Scroll down the page for more information

The worldwide figure of 65 billion amounts to nine animals per person however keep in mind that this is an approximate average as of course millions of people in developing countries are starving and have never eaten meat.

This brings us to the next…

Shocking Fact: Meat contributes to the starvation of millions of people

Meat is a food that not only harms the defenceless animals who are killed after spending their short wretched lives in the shocking conditions of a factory farm, but also contributes to the starvation of millions of people in developing countries.

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. 

Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.

There is enough plant food available on this planet to feed everyone yet over 850 million people are estimated to go hungry, at least 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, every five seconds one child dies from hunger. The annual UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report says, present levels of hunger cause the death of more than five million children a year.

Almost a third of the Earth’s ice-free land surface is utilised to raising the animals we either eat or milk.

One third of the world’s grain goes to feed animals, the food from which goes to feed only about a third of our population of six billion. Consider : The amount of vegetable protein fed to the US beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of India and China. If animals where allowed to live out their natural lives, in their own environments, left to breed and graze in the way that nature intended, land used to feed animals bred to an unnatural proliferation could be utilised to directly feed people, with the result that there would be enough food to feed everyone. Without the interference of man, particularly concerning factory, farm animal’s would not in nature breed to the huge numbers that there are today.

Our world is capable of producing more than enough plant food to meet the needs of all its six billion people. If people used land to grow crops to feed themselves, rather than feeding crops to animals, then there would be enough to provide everyone with the average of 2360 Kcal (calories) needed for good health.

826 million people around the world are seriously undernourished – 792 million people in developing countries and another 34 million in industrialised countries (18). Two billion people – one third of the global population – lack food security, defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as a “state of affairs where all people at all times have access to safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” (5) Today, some 12 million children die annually of nutrition-related diseases. The Food and Agriculture Organisation says, “Doubtless, far more are chronically ill.” (19)

For more information concerning this issue please read the article Feed the World from which the above quotations came:
http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/guides/feed-world – The pdf file and the online file are free. The pamphlet is £1 which goes towards helping animals.

Shocking Fact: Meat is harmful to the environment and contributes to global warming.

“If anyone wants to save the planet , all they have to do is to stop eating meat. That’s the most important single thing you can do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
Paul MaCartney

Eating meat harms the environment and may be one of the largest factors to climate change.

According to a new documentary the agriculture industry is one on the main contributors of climate change.

Please take the time to read the information below and watch the trailer for Cowspiracy

There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other.
But no one wants to talk about it …

Read More and watch the video:
“Cowspiracy” …. a new documentary!!

http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/cowspiracy-a-new-documentary/

Cows don’t conspire, that’s for sure. But they’re involved in a conspiracy of silence and misinformation, created by humans, which aims to hide from public knowledge the real impacts of our eating habits. When it comes to Meat, most of us are living inside the Matrix. By that I mean that most of us, of course, don’t care that much about knowing where the meat in our Big Macs or chicken nuggets came from. We doesn’t establish the connection between bacon and slaughtered pigs, or between the milk in our breakfast table and cows who are forcibly separated from their offspring. We prefer not even remembering that a living and sentient creature had to be killed and cut into pieces in order for us to enjoy our fleshy repasts inside a McDonalds or a Burger Kings.

Read More:

COWSPIRACY – THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET (The Connections Between Animal Agriculture and Global Warming)

http://awestruckwanderer.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret-the-connections-between-animal-agriculture-and-global-warming/

http://cowspiracy.com/
https://twitter.com/Cowspiracy

6 Myths the Beef Industry Wants Us to Believe

http://nackpets.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/6-myths-the-beef-industry-wants-us-to-believe-one-green-planet/

Rain forests are still being felled to graze hamburger cattle. Going vegan saves one acre of forest every year.
Cornell University

Whole tracts of forest are cleared for grazing, one of the reasons that one and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second. That is over 200,000 acres each and everyday!

“Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation.”
Rainforest Facts

Methane from live stock causes global warming. The erosion of soil by cattle and the contamination of water by slurry are further detriments along with the general processing techniques of the meat industry. Over grazing of live stock is causing deforestation. I personally find this concept confusing and we need to be careful here how we react to such as these environmental problems should not imply that cattle as a whole are a detriment and should not exist. No it is simply the exploitation and over breeding of cattle to provide meat and milk that is the problem; a source of food which we do not need in order to thieve, in fact meat and other animal products are a detriment to health. Furthermore every animal on the planet ceases to consume milk after weaning except humans, it is neither healthy nor natural. In their natural state cattle are like any other animal simply part of the environment and have as much right to exist as any other creature. All creatures impact in some way on the environment and have always done so. Imagine the problems dinosaurs created, the huge and veracious herbivores must have laid waste to whole swathes of land. However of course they probably did not exist in such proliferation as to become a serious detriment which threatened the survival of the whole eco system. It is man’s interference with nature and enforced breeding of live stock that has resulted in the potential destructive consequences mentioned above. Nonetheless these problems should not imply that it would be in order to cull these animals but rather in the future to allow animals to exist in their own indigenous habitats, to breed, graze and have a natural impact on the environment. I am of the opinion that the earth is self-regulating to some degree and it is only man’s interference that has resulted in nature’s inability to bring about such self regulation.

Not only upon land of course has man’s interference with nature and his insatiable need to consume meat impacted unfavourably, man has also caused devastation to our oceans and water ways. From lakes and rivers to the vast oceans of the entire world the disastrous effects of over fishing and other activities such as pollution has resulted in the extinction or significant decrease in populations of many species. This not only threatens the survival of many species of fish but also threatens to wreak havoc with entire ecosystems. For example fishing is threatening the world’s populations of whales, dolphins and porpoises, tuna, plaice, monkfish and cod. Other creatures adversely effected as a result of fishing include, birds, seals, turtles, mink and otters. Coral reefs and aquatic plants are similarly effected. For more information refer to information included in the following link to the Vegetarian society’s website: https://www.vegsoc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=531

I consider that the greatest problem concerning the planet is man’s inference with the natural evolution of all creatures and none more so of course than in factory farming or the depletion of sea creatures for food. Such activities create an imbalance, a chain reaction that disturbs the whole ecosystem. Perhaps if nature where left to her own devices and her animals left unmolested, unexploited and not interfered with, such as selective breeding, the outcome of the aforementioned natural activities of grazing and the prolific production of methane, which is of course produced by all living creatures, would be less dramatic and would in time balance out.

Time to stop eating meat

Try Vegan For 30 Days – Sign the Pledge!

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=20593&ea.tracking.id=GA&gclid=CPT84uiVscACFUsOwwodaTAAsg

Want some help:

Change your diet
http://www.viva.org.uk/going-vegetarian-vegan

How to go vegan
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Vegan Recipies
http://www.unleashed.org.au/change_the_world/go_veg/vegan_recipes.php

Can’t live without your bacon here is a cruelty free alternative which does not require the death of these intelligent creatures:

The Vegan Bacon That Meat Loving – Foodies Can’t Get Enough Of: Recipe Included !http://freefromharm.org/vegan-recipes/vegan-bacon/