It Is Hard to Believe That People Can Be So Cruel: Fish Fights For His Last Breathe While Being Eaten Alive

“Fish are more intelligent than they appear. In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates including non-human primates”
Culum Brown University of Edinburgh

Fish do not get a lot of sympathy in quite the same way as other animals, yet their lives are just as important. Fish are sentient creatures who suffer both physically and psychologically. The poor creature in the video below struggles vainly for breath, an horriffic way to die and as the article which follows says, it is the stuff off nightmares

Please watch the video which you are advised is difficult to watch.

“Fish Gasps for Air While Being Eaten Alive

BUT I JUST EAT FISH

Fish are tortured in so many ways from being cut apart alive on the fishing boats to being cut apart alive in restaurants…. DON’T TAKE PART IN THIS BARBARITY TO ANOTHER LIVING BEING…..Leave them and ALL Sea Life off of your plate!

The fish in this video isn’t the only animal who has had to live through this horror: Frogs, lobsters, octopuses, and other animals are eaten alive by humans all around the world.”

Please continue reading:

https://www.peta2.com/news/fish-gasps-air-eaten-alive/?utm_campaign=0317%20bi%20weekly%20recap%20march%20twenty%20six%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Please take the actions suggested in the article including sending the message linked below to Urge legislators in California and New York to introduce laws that will stop restaurants from mutilating and serving live animals :
http://campaigns.peta2.com/restaurants-hack-apart-and-serve-live-octopuses-and-other-animals/

Fish are sentient creatures.

Watch Some Screams Can’t Be Heard

Fish feel pain and suffer psychological distress. Below is an excellent article by Marc Bekoff with links to numerous essays and studies which validate the fact that fish feel pain and are sentient beings like any other animal.

Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So Let’s Get Over It and Do Something to Help These Sentient Beings

A set of essays in the new journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein.

Continue reading:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/fish-feel-pain_b_8881656.html

If you don’t think fish are intelligent watch the following video. While I don’t condone making animals perform tricks this video nonetheless shows how intelligent fish are. Yes a fish is an animal. Obvious to most people right? Unfortunately there are those who do not consider fish to be an animal. I had a friend who insisted she was vegetarian regardless of the fact she ate fish. You could not convince her otherwise. A fish is an animal along with other aquatic creatures such as jelly fish, crustaceans and so on.  If you eat fish and other sea creatures you are neither a vegetarian nor a vegan. 

“Leading scientists are in agreement that fish feel pain. As biologist Victoria Braithwaite writes, “there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals” – a conclusion hardly surprising to anyone who has seen a fish struggling and fighting for his or her life when pulled from the water.”

Read more and please take the pledge to go Vegan

Fish and Sea Animals
http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-eat/fish/

Fish are intelligent animals who lead complex lives that rival those of your dog and other mammals.

Dolphins and whales are accepted without doubt as intelligent creatures, sensitive, aware, conscious: sentient. But what about other aquatic creatures, the myriad species of fish, 27000 in all, which is more than all vertebrate species combined, are they sentient? Approximately three new species of fish are discovered each week! And even more vast are the huge numbers of species of invertebrate creatures such as molluscs – Octopuses, squids, snails, slugs, do they possess sentience? The ocean is a vast habitat teeming with life, astronomical in number and diversity, creatures dwell even in the most inhospitable of environments.
Read more:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20Farm%20Animals%20Aquatic%20Animals%20Fish.htm

Stop the cruelty to fish and other aquatic animals and go vegan:
How to Go Vegan:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

If you can’t resist the taste of sea food try vegan alternatives which taste much the same but are cleverly prepared and flavoured but do not contain the flesh of a dead animal.

Here is PETA’s  list of the best places in the UK where you can eat faux fish and chips and other Vegan sea food.
The UK’s Best Vegan Fish and Chip Spots:
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/uk-best-vegan-fish-and-chip-spots/

Eating at home? Why not try  VBites  fish streak, fish cakes and fish fingers, these products and others may be available at Holland and Barrett in the refrigerator section or in any health food store. Yes they really do taste of fish, though frankly I have never been that keen on fish. Ever noticed the stench of fish at a market or a seaside town, not pleasant. The stench of death in one small fishing village in Scotland was so overpoweringly awful I never visited again. Over so many many years millions of sentient beings met their deaths here and out in the sea, caught in nets they were dragged aboard a fishing vessel and left to die gasping for air.

We do not need sea food to be healthy, we do not need the flesh or any other derivative from any animal, it is neither natural nor humane.

Credit fish graphic:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barracuda_laban.jpg

Thought Provoking Video: The Lie we live

This powerful video shows us the awful reality of our existence, how we live our lives and how we treat the other creatures with whom we share this planet and the very earth itself.

The Lie we Live

 

This brilliant video by Spencer Cathcart more or less says what a lot of us already know. There are though many who continue to live their lives either in ignorance or with blind acceptance of the status quo.

Please spread awareness concerning the reality of our existence by sharing this video widely.
Without such awareness nothing will ever change. The Lie we Live echos what many of us know but cannot put into words. We often feel hopeless, powerless, depressed and isolated, this amazing video if nothing else will make you feel less alone.

We can all do something to change the world, every action counts, every action brings about change. I know that if we do not bring about change we the human race are doomed and will not survive.

Take Action

Someone once said:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And that is the problem is it not. Either as a result of indifference or hopelessness people tend to give up and accept that nothing will ever change and as a consequence do nothing.

Here are a few suggestions

Write letters, sign petitions, demonstrate, boycott. Complain complain complain about injustice no matter where or who, human or non human and the environment.

Stop supporting big corporations that harm us, other animals and the environment. Buy local, fair trade and certified sustainable products. Replace toxic cleaning products that damage the environment and harm animals with natural products. Don’t use pesticides; the ubiquitous use of toxic herbicides and pesticides used not only by farmers but by gardeners and just about everyone else including your local council poisons our environment. These products are sold ad-lib in garden centres and sprayed indiscriminately by home owners as a matter of course with little consideration to the damage they do.

Change Your Diet – Go Vegan

One simple action you can take is change your diet. What you eat can have a far reaching effect. Stop eating meat.

Why go Vegan

For the sake of animals, other people, your health and the environment

Learn more and take the pledge:
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan

We need a new society where everyone is equal, where everyone has enough not only for their material needs but to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. A society free from discrimination and exploitation, free from racism, sexism, specism or any other prejudicial distinction. Our only enemies are disease and death, not each other, its time to demand a better world for ourselves, future generations and the other animals with whom we share this planet. Most of the suffering in life is as result of other people, people who cannot see beyond their striving for power and their insatiable greed. We allow such people to destroy our lives, it has to stop. With the aid of the internet we can make a difference in a way hitherto not available to us. This is a unique time in our entire history when many more people by means of the internet have the opportunity to have their say. Regardless of the “right” education or qualification many of us can now speak out more than ever before, and even speaking out on-line helps to bring about change. Without the internet much of what is wrong with this world would not be known to us as a result of media bias and government manipulation. An example of this is right here in the UK concerning the governments’ treatment of sick and disabled people as a result of vicious and punitive welfare reforms which largely goes ignored by the media, yet is so appalling that the UN are investigating human rights violations as a result of these unfair changes to benefits and the affect it is having on the most vulnerable people in our society. As a result of the internet the true extent of the abuse of animals is brought to our attention and as a consequence many atrocities have been stopped as a result of public pressure via the Internet.

Every day take one small action to make this world a better place.

Read the script from the film:
http://theliewelive.blogspot.co.uk/

Related Links – other people’s comments on the video
 

Please Watch and Share This Moving Video

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.”
Alice Walker

Please watch the following powerful video from Animal Rights Action – Karlsruhe, Germany and share the video widely

“We break the silence and take down all the unawareness. So everybody has the opportunity to make a decision with their heart and their intellect – for or against life.”

Animals have evolved not for our benefit but rather exist for their own purposes. They are not food, nor are they clothing or a form of entertainment or indeed comfort. They are not here to use as labour or for experimentation. The lives of animals are as important to them as ours are to us.

Please share to help increase awareness.

“The moment I began to understand what was going on with the treatment of animals, it led me more and more in the way of the path I am [on] now, which is a complete vegan.'”
Bryan Adams

Take Action

Help liberate animals from the abuse, exploitation and cruelty of human beings by changing to a vegan diet.

Please lick the following links and take the pledge to go vegan. Includes lots of help, advice and recipes.

The Vegan Society Take the Vegan Pledge
http://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Recipes
http://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

PETA Take the Vegan Pledge
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=20593

Get a starter kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts find delight in killing any living creature.”
Rachel Carson

Related Links

Activists Alliance Karlsruhe
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aktivistenb%C3%BCndnis-Karlsruhe/561832640613683

 

G7: Send Them a Tweet to Help End World Hunger

There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.
Ed Asner

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Hunger Facts: 750 million people go to bed hungry; 1.2 billion people live below the extreme poverty line.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year,hunger kills more people every year than AIDs, Malaria and tuberculosis combined.

In a just society no one would go hungry, live in poverty or die of preventable or curable disease. Things have to change and we must demand change. We must change the dominant economic system – capitalism . If we do not, completely eradicating poverty is not going to happen.  As this is not likely in the forseeable future we need to do what we can to improve the lot of our fellow human beings.

More information about the causes of world hunger and other actions further down.

Recently I received the following in my e-mail from Global Citizen, please read and take the suggested action which is to send a tweet to G7 leaders. It might not sound much but every action however small and seeming insignificant helps, so if you are on twitter please take the action below. There is a prepared Tweet or you can write your own. Please share widely.

“I can’t breastfeed my child because I’m so hungry, my body can’t produce enough milk.”

That’s an all too common story for millions of mothers around the world. And it’s not just moms and kids. Hunger affects health, earning potential, and opportunity for hundreds of millions of families.

This year we have our best opportunity in a generation to change this. Right now, you can pressure the leaders of the G7 by sending a simple tweet to let them know global citizens are watching.

Negotiations are currently in progress ahead of the G7 meeting in early June. This is our first chance to make sure leaders know that millions of people believe it’s our moral duty to help stamp out hunger once and for all.

That’s why we’re hijacking the #G7Summit hashtag. Political leaders are obsessively tracking media attention around the summit so by flooding twitter with the voices of global citizens, we can make some noise that can’t be ignored.

From now until the end of 2015, some of the world’s most powerful people are making choices that will affect the lives of us all for the next 15 years. Getting their attention won’t be easy: frankly, this is just the first small step on a long journey towards a world where no one goes to bed hungry.

Let’s make sure our voices are heard.

Click here to send a tweet and make sure that world leaders know they’ll be hearing much more from us until every person, everywhere gets the food they need to survive.

Want to do more

You can  find more actions here and or join Global Citizen:
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/

Consider the following quote and information concerning one of the major reasons why people go hungry.

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 other livestock–food for the well off–while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation.
Dr Walden Bello

Shut the Front Door! If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet

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“More and more studies are showing that consumption of animal products is one of the largest reasons for some pretty serious environmental issues today. Saying nothing about the cruelties of the industry and the disastrous effects these food items can wreak on our personal health, consuming meat in the quantities that we do is impacting the environment on a global scale.”

…meat, including chicken, in an average American’s diet translates to roughly 1892 pounds of grain. If everyone stopped consuming meat, that would translate to enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people a plant-based diet. That’s enough to feed the world’s hungry more than one and a half times over
Read More:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/eat-for-the-planet-meat-and-the-environment/
Not just the USA of course the rest of us would make a significant difference to freeing up land to directly feed people by not eating meat.

It would be even better if all of us ate no meat at all, better for other people, better  for other animals and better for the planet – Go Vegan

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

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CLa797Hp7cUCFdTKtAodTRoASg

Capitalism and Global Poverty: Two Billion Poor, One Billion Hungry

More than 2.2 billion people are “either near or living in poverty,” according to the United Nations Development Report released July 24.The study also found that about 1.2 billion people survive on the equivalent of $1.25 or less a day, while 12 percent of the world’s population (842 million people) suffer from chronic hunger.

These conditions of global suffering and deprivation are not due to any absolute shortage of resources. The world economy produces enough to provide a decent standard of living for every man, woman and child. But the distribution of wealth makes this impossible: the 85 wealthiest people in the world own as much as the 3.5 billion poorest people combined.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/capitalism-and-global-poverty-two-billion-poor-one-billion-hungry/5393262

Don’t forget to SEND A TWEET if you have not already done so

Related links

Will the G7 make a down-payment on ending hunger?
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/will-the-g7-make-a-down-payment-on-ending-hunger/

Credit

Graphic http://refe99.com/quotes/hunger/

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.

 

Help Stop Cruel Cosmetic Animal Testing in the USA

Act Now to Stop Cruel Cosmetics Tests on Animals in the U.S.

“Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of cosmetics and household products…despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products. Please join me in using your voice for those whose cries are forever sealed behind the laboratory doors.”
Woody Harrelson

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In 2013 the EU banned all sales of cosmetics tested on animals and in Israel a similar ban was enacted.  India than followed both the EU and Isreal to become the first country in Asia to ban animal testing for cosmetics and ingredients. Now it is time for the USA, and indeed other countries of course, to follow suit. Sadly though the USA is backsliding rather than progressing in a similar direction:

Instead of keeping pace with the international community, the U.S. is at risk of backsliding into requiring archaic product testing methods in which animals are poisoned and killed for cosmetics. Although the U.S. does not require tests on animals for cosmetics, some environmental and industry groups and decisionmakers in the U.S. have been working to change that by pushing for regulations that would result in an increase in cruel tests on animals.

We need your help to urge the cosmetics industry, federal regulators, and Congress to put a stop to these tests. Americans should have the same level of cutting-edge science used in the EU, India, and Israel to evaluate the safety of our cosmetics products, and we also deserve to have laws that reflect our ethical stance that animals should never be forced to suffer and die in cosmetics tests.

**UPDATE: Please also urge your congressional representatives to support the recently introduced Humane Cosmetics Act, which would ban tests on animals for cosmetics and phase out the sales of animal-tested products in the U.S.! For more information, please visit our blog.

Please take a moment to let decision makers know that no cosmetics product or ingredient is worth inflicting suffering on animals and that America must never allow cruel product tests on animals.

Read more and take the suggested action:

If you live in the USA click the following link to take action
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5347&%20Appeal%201%20E-Mail
If you live outside the UK

Click the following link to take action if you live outside the USA
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/stop-cruel-cosmetics-tests-animals/

As always it is better if you can personalise but if this is not possible please send the message as it is. Please always be polite as abusive communications are likely to be ignored.

Want to Know which Products are Cruelty Free

While waiting for such bans to take place you can take your own decisive action and avoid cosmetics and other products tested on animals.

Please note:

When checking out cruelty free lists the only way to be certain the list is cruelty free is to make sure it is vegan and does not include products that  contain animal derivatives. The term cruelty free could simply apply to any product not tested on animals which to some people’s perspective may be cruelty free even if it contains animal derivatives such a lactose from milk or honey for example.

Cosmetics and household products can contain animal ingredients. LUSH has its own range of entirely vegan cosmetics, and on PETA US’ cruelty-free list, other vegan companies are clearly marked with a “V”. Of course, other companies may produce products which are entirely free of animal ingredients, and you can find out which ones by checking the labels before buying any product.

Read More:
http://www.peta.org.uk/features/easy-way-to-go-cruelty-free/

Animal Ingredients List

While we hope this list proves helpful, we also want to emphasize that no one can avoid every single animal ingredient. Being vegan is about helping animals, not maintaining personal purity. Boycotting products that may contain trace amounts of animal products can actually be harmful to animals in the long run. For example, by refusing to eat a veggie burger from a restaurant because the bun may contain traces of milk or eggs, you are discouraging that restaurant from offering vegan options because it is seems too difficult a task. So use our list as a guide, and do your best to avoid animal ingredients

Animal Ingredients List:
Here is a full list of animal-derived ingredients to watch out for

A sure way to tell if the product is vegan is to look for the vegan Society’s logo, however this does not necessarily mean that products without this logo are not vegan.

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More Information

Beauty Without Bunnies 101
http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/beauty-without-bunnies/  – mainly USA but many of the manufacturers such as Body Shop are international.

How to Find Cruelty-Free Makeup in Your Area
Read more:
http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/find-cruelty-free-makeup-area/

Cruelty Free UK

In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, we still have an important ethical choice to make when buying cosmetics. Companies may be complying with the cosmetics testing ban in Europe, but at the same time, they are selling products in another market that have been tested on animals. By buying cosmetics from companies that are on PETA US’ list, you can be confident that you are supporting only companies that don’t test any products anywhere in the world for any market. Another concern is that companies may be testing ingredients for other purposes – for example, testing chemicals under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.

The Easy Way to Go Cruelty-Free
http://www.peta.org.uk/features/easy-way-to-go-cruelty-free/

Also

Beauty Without Cruelty:
http://www.bwcshop.com/

Animal Aid:
http://www.animalaidshop.org.uk/cosmetics

Cruelty Free Australia

Choose Cruelty Free List (Vegan)

Accredited Cruelty-Free Vegan Companies:
http://www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au/cruelty-free-list-vegan/

 

 

 

 

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/