Support Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day June 14th

Watch the following videos if you are unaware of the cruelty of the live export trade and please take as much of the following actions as you can, most require only adding your name to a petition.

These hard-hitting TV ads are speaking up for live export victims


More information and videos

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/tv-ad-spots-live-sheep-export.php

Now please visit: Stop Live Transport https://stoplivetransport.org/

Stop Live Transport:
International Awareness Day

Stand up for farm animals on 14 June 2018.

United we can force change.

All the different ways to get involved

You can share campaign action selfies, sign a range of petitions from different groups, take to the streets, organise a social event with friends, or… try all of the above

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Other actions and petitions

Animals Australia: End sheep ship terror NOW

“A live sheep isn’t ‘cargo’. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer.  This simple fact may be lost onwealthy live export companies. But it wasn’t lost on one concerned crew member who was horrified by the suffering he witnessed on live export voyages…”

Read more and please sign and send a message
https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/       you will need to scroll down to send a message.

Also from the above website

“While live exporters continue to send shiploads of frightened animals into harm’s way — no act of kindness, no e-mail, phonecall or message you send on their behalf, will be wasted. These simple actions can help change their world:

  1. Letting the Prime Minister know what you think of live export (click here)
  2. Donating to support our work (click here)

Anyone worldwide can take the above actions , you don’t need to be an Australian citizen

Avaaz: Stop Animal Death Ships

“A whistleblower has secretly filmed thousands of sheep, crammed on a filthy ship, cooking alive in the blazing heat.

It’s a giant floating death camp — and MILLIONS are transported like this every year. But now we have a rare chance to save them!”

Read More and sign a petition
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/live_exports_loc_uk1/?twi

Action to stop live transport from the SumOfUs

“Around 40,000 sheep and 23,000 young calves are exported from Britain every year by the livestock industry, destined for slaughter on the continent.

Suffering and death plague animals on these cramped long-haul journeys. And many of those sheep end up slaughtered by painful and illegal practices, investigators have found. ”

Please read more and sign a petition to:
Michael Gove: ban the export of live farm animals after Brexit!
https://actions.sumofus.org/a/michael-gove-end-cruel-long-distance-live-animal-transports-in-the-uk

Action from Compassion in World Farming concerning animals exported from the UK

PLEASE SUPPORT A COMPREHENSIVE BAN ON LIVE EXPORTS

Discussions are underway in governments across the UK about the possibility of a ban on live exports. But the positive impact of any ban will be compromised if it only prevents exports for slaughter, and not for ‘production’ (fattening).

Will you take a moment to email your elected representative(s), and call on them to ensure a comprehensive ban on the export of live animals for both slaughter and fattening?

It is essential that any ban should cover slaughter AND fattening.

Please read more and send a message to your MP. https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24417/action/1?

If you live outside the UK, please click here to take action to end live exports:
https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24362/petition/1?chain

Take Action with Animals international

WEALTHY COMPANIES ARE USING LIVE ANIMAL TO TRANSPORT ‘MEAT’ IN LIVING BEINGS 

“A live animal is not a sack of potatoes. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer. But to the live animal export trade his suffering is just a cost of doing business. Every day, right across the world, vulnerable animals are enduring dangerous journeys on trucks and on ships, just to be killed for their meat — often horrifically — at their destination.

An 8-month Animals International investigation has revealed a global animal welfare crisis that requires a global response.

Stand with us against animal cruelty”

Please sign a petition calling on the OIE (World Animal Health Organisation) to oppose live animal export globally and a pledge:
https://www.animalsinternational.org/take_action/live-export-global/

Change Org -Ban Live Export

Live Export it’s a Crime Against Animals

“I started this petition because I have seen a lot of evidence involving incredibly cruelty to livestock that leave Australian Soil.  If we do not speak up and take action these horrendous acts will continue. The latest pictures I have seen involve cows being hit numerous times on the head with a sledgehammer. I have seen video footage of cows and sheep having their throat cut without being sedated before the slaughter.”

Please read more and add your name to the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/david-littleproud-it-s-time-to-end-live-export

Help stop long distance transportation of Horse from Wild Horse Welfare

“Every year around 50,000 horses are needlessly transported thousands of miles across Europe to slaughter. These mares, stallions, youngsters and geldings are given little chance to rest, eat or drink during arduous journeys which can last for days on end.  They arrive at their destination severely dehydrated, in pain, stressed, completely drained of energy and broken in spirit.”

Please read more and sign petition
https://e-activist.com/page/9211/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=live%20transport

More information and video:
http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Live-transportation

Referring to the above petition concerning horses.

Shorter journeys would be better but no journeys is the ideal. In fact ending the breeding and rearing confinement and slaughter of over 56 billion animals worldwide would be ideal.

I have to say that changing from an omnivorous/carnivorous diet and becoming vegan is ultimately the most effective way of ending the abuse cruelty and exploitation of just about every living creature on the planet.

Why you might ask. The simple answer is greed. When the money hungry capitalists realise that more profit can be made from producing vegan foods, the cruelty will stop.

However to be realistic it will take many many years before enough people adopt such a diet so that animal farming and other exploitation will beome a thing of the past. In the meantime animals are suffering in the most shocking and appalling ways imaginable and it has to stop now!  It is bad enough that people continue to eat meat and animals continue to suffer in factory farms confined, abused and slaughtered, however the additional cruelty of shipping these poor creatures overseas in appalling conditions only to be brutally slaughtered when they arrive at their destination adds an extra dimension of suffering and misery for these helpless animals.

Also keep in mind that methods of slaughter in destination countries are much more cruel than takes place in the country of origin such as the USA, UK and Australia. In the exploitation of animals for their meat and other derivatives there are of many degrees of cruelty and one of the worst is the live export of animals to countries where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever and where these animals are treated with appalling cruelty after spending a grueling hellish journey by sea to their destination.

Note – there is no such thing as humane slaughter when an animal does not want to die, and no animal wishes to die, survival is one  of the most powerful of all instincts present in both human and non human animals.

If you are a meat eater please take action, if you are a vegan or vegetarian please take action. Whether you eat meat or you are an abolitionist vegan who consider petitions and similar actions hinder the progress towards worldwide veganism, you cannot stand by and allow this appalling suffering. These animals are suffering NOW! They cannot wait. Take action now and help prevent the suffering of countless millions of gentle helpless animals.

Please share these actions widely – Remember June 14th 

Stop Live Transport:
International Awareness Day

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Meat eaters please consider going vegan, try a vegan recipe and you will know you can live well and enjoy good food without harming an animal. Here are some ideas to help you make the transition.
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan

Recipies: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

Frankly even if vegan food tasted lousy I could no longer condone eating meat. It’s no good saying that its okay as long as the animals are cared for. Beside the fact that in the huge majority of situations to varying degrees few animals live a good life and all are slaughtered at the end, no farm animal dies of old age, no not even free range chickens, all farm animals face execution – yes execution for that is what it is except no crime has been committed.

Live Export and its cruelty is not a new, though it has become increasingly more cruel and abusive, in the early 1900s W.H Davis in this poems Sheep and A Child’s Pet describes the hardship of live exportation.

Sheep

When I was once in Baltimore
A man came up to me and cried,
“Come, I have eighteen hundred sheep,
And we will sail on Tuesday’s tide.

“If you will sail with me, young man,
I’ll pay you fifty shillings down;
These eighteen hundred sheep I take
From Baltimore to Glasgow town.”

He paid me fifty shillings down,
I sailed with eighteen hundred sheep;
We soon had cleared the harbour’s mouth,
We soon were in the salt sea deep.

The first night we were out at sea
Those sheep were quiet in their mind;
The second night they cried with fear —
They smelt no pastures in the wind.

They sniffed poor things for their green fields,
They cried so loud I could not sleep:
For fifty thousand shillings down
I would not sail again with sheep.

A Child’s Pet

When I sailed out of Baltimore,
With twice a thousand head of sheep,
They would not eat, they would not drink,
But bleated o’er the deep.

Inside the pens we crawled each day
To sort the living from the dead;
And when we reached the Mersey’s mouth
Had lost five hundred head.

Yet every night and day one sheep,
That had no fear of man or sea
Stuck through the bars its pleading face,
And it was stroked by me.

And to the sheep-men standing near,
‘You see,’ I said, ‘this one tame sheep?
It seems a child has lost her pet,
And cried herself to sleep.’

So every time we passed it by
Sailing to England’s slaughterhouse,
Eight ragged sheep-men — tramps and thieves —
Would stroke that sheep’s black nose.

The situation is more dire nowadays and the cruelty and abuse more extreme and extensive.There are most likely few people such as Davis who made some attempt to avoid cruelty when possible. I cannot understand the mindset of any person who participates in such abuse of another living being.

The barbarous cruelty of the live export trade needs to end now consigned to history where it belongs.

Read more about W.H. Davis and live export:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/end_live_export.htm

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Vegan Activism The Right Way

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” 
Rai Aren

This article is about how to help people make the choice to change to a vegan diet.

Below are ideas how to engage in vegan activism, how to convince people to change to a plant based diet.

The article explains the pit falls of aggressive activism and explains the correct way to approach people.

What Kind of Activism Convinces People to Go Vegan?

Vegan activism is a divisive topic, and the jury’s still out on which tactics are most effective at convincing meat eaters to change their ways.

But I think you can go too far in the wrong direction, with an end result that’s not what you’re aiming for. Two incidents in the last week or so came to my attention, causing me to revisit this question.

Read More:
https://www.care2.com/causes/what-kind-of-activism-convinces-people-to-go-vegan.html

If you don’t have the time to read the whole article above here are the main tips for successful activism

“1. Focus on progress not perfection. There is no way to be 100% vegan. A lot of people are afraid to go vegan, because they’re afraid of making a mistake. Let people feel that mistakes are a part of being vegan.

2. Keep in mind all the negative stereotypes people have had of vegans, i.e., negative, self-righteous, pushy, etc. Not falling into any of those categories as a vegan activist is some powerful sh**.

3. Let people address the info on their own terms. People appreciate it and are more likely to change.

4. Look professional or at least mainstream. Scientific research has shown that people take you more seriously. When people take you more seriously, animals don’t die.

5. Don’t argue or debate. If someone gets upset at you, listen to them. Then put out your hand, introduce yourself, and ask them questions about themselves and their life. Then try to find something to relate with them on. Only bring the conversation back to the animals if the conversation flows there. People are more persuaded by you when they like you and feel they can relate to you.

6. Don’t compare factory farming to slavery or the holocaust. It offends people. And then they leave and go eat meat.

7. Internalize that eating vegan is easy as f***. People like easy things.

8. Internalize that eating vegan is normal and mainstream. People are more inspired by what’s normal than by what’s ethical. People want to follow the crowd.

9. If non-vegans hate you, you’re doing it wrong. You will inspire people to change. And you will piss people off. Your goal is to minimize the number of people you piss off, and increase the number of people you inspire to change.”

I don’t entirely agree with all the points raised but most of it is sound advice, for instance to my way of thinking it is acceptable to point out that factory farming is comparable to slavery however one should do so in a non aggressive and diplomatic way. I admit I hesitated to publish my post here on the subject of animal slavery because of the sensitivity surrounding this issue. I think the key to successful persuasion is to always be diplomatic and sensitive, never insulting or intimidating. Most of the arguments I have had with people here on line have been with vegans who throw around insults and push their point of view with, shall we say, a less than amiable approach.

Often simple thought provoking information gets people to think, such as pointing out that if meat was a natural food we would not have to cook it and we would not need an implement to kill it. Natural carnivores and omnivores do not cook their food,  and they don’t use a weapon to kill it either – so obvious I know but few people, including myself at one time, think this way. This was an argument used right back in ancient times.

Plutarch challenges the idea that man is naturally carnivorous; an excuse so often used today to justify the eating of meat appears to have been used for its justification in ancient times.

The following is indeed a very persuasive argument against meat being a natural food for humans and will often leave even the most ardent meat eater lost for words.

“We declare, then, that it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature . For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.”

Another good way to encourage people to go vegan is to share with them some good vegan cooking as suggested in this PETA article:

7 Friendly, Fun and Easy Ways to Persuade Others to Go Vegan

Cook and share vegan food

“It’s easy to overcome any prejudices against plant-based food by showing people how delicious it is. You could try throwing a dinner party for friends, offering up a menu for your family dinner, cooking an evening meal for your housemates or bringing tasty animal-friendly food and drink to parties and festive events. Perhaps you could cook a delicious vegan cake to share with your co-workers and only reveal that it’s vegan after the compliments have come flooding in.”

Read More:
https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/7-ways-to-persuade-others-to-go-vegan/

Note the emphasis on friendly, I cannot emphasis enough that insults and aggression will not persuade anyone to change their way of thinking and frankly often makes them more determined to continue their present eating habits.

Finally advice from the Vegan society

4 great tips to help your friends go vegan

Read our positively upbeat personal stories explaining how we’ve supported our friends to go vegan, and get some advice on doing the same.

“There are few feelings that are better than one of your friends announcing that they’re going vegan. This is partly because we may have played a part in their making such a positive decision – it reminds us that each of us is instrumental in growing the vegan movement. Whether you stay up late with your friends having philosophical debates about animal rights and applied ethics, or you share the message by wearing a vegan T-shirt, there’s no best way to help other people make the connection. Anything which opens another person’s eyes to the possibility of going vegan is a good thing. ”

As veganism is such a big part of my life, sometimes I worry that my friends see me as ‘the vegan one’. Despite the fact that veganism is hugely important to me, for this reason I sometimes find myself staying quiet. I’m sure there are many people out there who feel similarly – nothing would make us happier than our friends going vegan, but we can be hesitant to share our views with them due to stereotypes of the ‘preachy vegan’. If this resonates with you, here are some tips to boost your confidence, as well as ideas about how to encourage your friends to go vegan.

Read more:
https://www.vegansociety.com/whats-new/blog/4-great-tips-help-your-friends-go-vegan

It is nowadays a lot easier to change to a vegan diet and lifestyle and more and more people are changing to a plant based diet.

‘Going vegan’ is predicted to be the biggest food trend of 2018

International delivery service Just Eat reported an increase in vegan and vegetarian orders in 2017.”

“The most recent survey conducted in the UK found that over 542,000 people are following a vegan diet – an increase increase of more than 3.5 times the number of vegans over the past decade, making veganism one of Britain’s fastest growing lifestyle movements. The movement is being driven by young people making more ethical and compassionate choices – 42 percent of all vegans are in the 15-34 age category compared to just 14 percent who are over 65. This indicates growth is likely to rise further in the future. In total an estimated 3.25 percent of the British population, around 1.68 million people, are either vegetarian or vegan.

Meanwhile in the USA 6 percent of the population now identify as vegan, showing a increase of 500 percent since 2014 according to research provided by GlobalData.”

Read more:
https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/going-vegan-biggest-trend-for-2018

For the sake of animals, your health and the environment change to a vegan diet and help others to do so.

 

This Year Change to a Vegan Diet

More and more people are changing to a vegan diet.

There is now much more help available for you to make this change in your eating habits, a change which not only helps the billions of animals who suffer from cruelty and abuse but also helps protect our environment and your health.

Watch this inspiring film

Here are suggestions to help you make the change if you are not already vegan and if you are the following links will help add variety to your diet and make life easier.

Here are our 10 Reasons why going Vegan will make you thrive!
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/veganhealth?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Need help changing to a Vegan diet? Learn how to turn dishes that are full of animal products into nutritious lovely meals is easier than you may think:
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/how-go-vegan?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Good news for vegans and potential vegans as Tessco introduce new range of 18 all-vegan meals at 600 of their stores under the Wicked Kitchen brand.
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/tesco-launches-vegan-meals/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=c75a3eb43a-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-c75a3eb43a-107260621

Veganism is on the raise,  great news for animals and the environment and our own health, a win win situation all round.

There is less and less excuse to do the right thing and change to a vegan diet.

Go Vegan for the sake of the 56 billion animals slaughtered each year some estimates have a higher figure of 70 billion , the environment – meat and dairy  contributes to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction – and your health 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Go Vegan: Change the world.

Often we feel so powerless to change the world, the onslaught of injustice to both human and nonhuman animals seems relentless overwhelming, however there is one simple thing you can do: Change your diet and go vegan.

If you need encouragement why not take the pledge:

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge with  the Vegan Society

Sign up via email using the form in this link  “and for 30 days you’ll receive advice on all aspects of a vegan diet (including lots of healthy and easy recipes to try out), allowing you to really sink your teeth into the lifestyle.”

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Related links with advice and information concerning a vegan diet

Farm animals are not the only animals whose lives are saved when you change to a vegan diet

5 WAYS A VEGAN DIET HELPS TO SAVE NON-FARMED ANIMALS
https://www.livekindly.co/veganism-saves-animals/

How to Go Vegan – advice from the Vegan Society
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

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

From VIVA

FREE daily emails
with everything you need
to go vegan

Delicious vegan recipes, vegan meal plans,
vegan nutrition, health and inspiration.
https://30dayvegan.viva.org.uk/

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

New Film Shows The Unimaginable Cruelty of The Dairy Industry

This new film  iAnimal – The Dairy Industry in 360ºnarrated by Evanna Lynch, who starred as  Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, shows unimaginable suffering of cows and their calves on dairy farms, where a cycle of cruelty affects entire families.

Warning: Contains graphic content which some people will find upsetting.

The latest virtual reality film by Animal Equality, is already helping expose the secretive dairy industry for what it is – a vicious cycle of cruelty.

“Evanna Lynch’s character in Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, was praised for speaking uncomfortable truths when no one else would, and Evanna is no different.

In our new film, she guides you on a journey few will ever see in person.

iAnimal puts you inside the same tiny hutches that calves are trapped in for weeks or months at a time.

And, through the lens of the iAnimal headset, you stand helpless as a cow – who has spent years being exploited for her milk – faces a terrifying death in the slaughterhouse.

Though the reality these sensitive animals face is disturbing, it is crucial that people learn the story behind every glass of milk. And thanks to compassionate people like you and Evanna who help support iAnimal, we are changing – and saving thousands of lives every month!

Last month alone we reached more than 3,000 people in the UK through iAnimal stands at Glastonbury Festival, Birmingham Wildlife Festival, Natural Exhibition Glasgow and Compassionate Living in Exeter. Each and every one of them vowed to change their diet after witnessing the reality that the meat industry tries so hard to hide.”

The dairy industry is brutal and unnecessary. Cows milk is not a natural diet for human beings. Furthermore no animal drinks milk after weening and no animal drinks the milk of another species.

The use of milk in so many products is so widespread it occurs even in the most unlikely of food such as in some types of crisps. Yet we can manage without it and in fact be better in health – did you know that rather than be an ideal supplement for calcium it actually increases calcium loss from the bones and increases fracture risk.

Here is what milk does to your health:

7 Reasons Milk Is Bad For You
https://www.bustle.com/articles/137195-7-reasons-milk-is-bad-for-you

For the sake of cows and your health change to a plant based diet Go Vegan

I have been vegan now for about six years after being vegetarian for about eighteen and with few exceptions there is virtually nothing that cannot to adapted to a vegan diet by using plant based milk.

You can replace milk by using the many plant based milk products available such as those in the picture below.

You can drink them just like cow’s milk, pour on your breakfast cereals and into your coffee. You can use in baking just the same way as cow’s milk.

Here is some advice from One green Planet

Which Milk for What Recipe: A Non-Dairy Milk Guide for All Your Cooking and Baking Needs:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/non-dairy-milk-guide-for-all-your-cooking-and-baking-needs/

And PETA

A Vegan’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milks
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/

Also the vegan society
https://www.vegansociety.com/

Animal Equality website
http://www.animalequality.net/

iAnimal at Glastonbury 2017
http://www.animalequality.net/node/1043

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