by Donny Moss / Their Turn
On August 25th, it was reported that police and bullfight fans attacked protesters in Southwestern France after they entered the arena in an attempt to stop or delay the bullfight. Here is raw footage of the brave activists occupying the arena and then being dragged, attacked and pepper-sprayed by the police.
One day, this footage will be in a Museum of Animal…
Anonymous asked: Were you aware that unless dark chocolate is labeled as vegan, it's probably not?
i’ve actually found that most dark chocolate is vegan. it depends what brand you’re talking about. and if you check the ingredients and it does not have any dairy or dairy derivatives in it, then it is vegan. it doesn’t have to be certified and labeled “vegan” to actually be vegan, that’s just an extra step that a few companies make. some chocolates say they “may contain traces of milk,” but that doesn’t bother me, and i consider that vegan anyway.
on a sidenote, i get these kinds of asks a lot, and it often feels like people are trying to catch me in the act of accidentally breaking my veganism. it feels malicious to me sometimes. trust me, people, i constantly check to make sure everything i consume and purchase is vegan every single day. i ask waiters, read every ingredient on food labels, do research online, and basically actively avoid anything non-vegan because i have no desire to eat non-vegan food whatsoever. so please trust that everything i post and put in my intakes is vegan. there are vegan alternatives to almost everything, and i eat a lot of them, and yes they truly are vegan :)
Anonymous asked: How can you really love every animal?
How can you not?
—Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart
When grandpa Horst walked into the Best Friends adoption center, a cat with only one eye caught his attention. Just like the cat, grandpa Horst can only see through one eye.
“Horst and Mimi bonded at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Salt Lake City just a few weeks ago,” Best Friends Animal Society – Utah wrote. After meeting Mimi, he knew right away that that was the cat for him.
“You can’t see out of your right eye, and I can’t see out of my left, but together we can see the world,” Horst said to his furry companion in his home in Colorado.
“My grandfather and Mimi are truly happy together! I haven’t seen him this happy in years,” said Horst’s granddaughter Heather.
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Anonymous asked: From one vegan to another I was approached unprepared for a debate about "free-ranged, organic, and well taken care of" cows. I know that they aren't common at all, I was also told that some cows continue to produce milk for the rest of their lives even after they are weened off from their calf and no outside force is milking them. (I did not know this and felt very stupid trying to debate that) I was wondering if you could give me debate points when it comes to more "humanely" treated animals.
This is a very common argument. The humane myth has it’s origins in the 60’s and 70’s when many people became aware for the first time about the industrial farming practices of the meat industry. As has often historically been the case, when people are confronted with the fact that their behaviour does not align with their values, they usually do one of two things. Change their behaviour to match their values (go vegan) or, create a circumstance in which it looks like their behaviour matches their values (we treat our cattle well, I buy my milk from a farmer up the road, organic, grass fed, humane etc.)
Now, ignoring the fact that these labels mean legally very little, even if you could find an animal that wasn’t physically and emotionally abused, humane animal products are a contradiction in terms and a textbook example of an oxymoron in common use. It is true that in exceptional circumstances a cow can continue to produce milk, but this is such a rarity the chances that your milk is not from a cow forcibly inpregnated then killed are slim to none. Cows lactate the same way humans do, and sometimes humans continue to lactate post-pregnancy until medical intervention. Similarly to humans, however, these cows will not produce even nearly as much milk as they did post-birth, and when milk production slows, that is when a cow is made pregnant again, or simply killed as she is no longer profitable. Even on the fantastically slim chance that the cow remains alive and produces milk without pregnancy, when she no longer makes the farmer a profit she will still be brutally slaughtered for her flesh. There are no happy cow retirement homes.
On a more general level, I would argue that with very few exceptions, animal use is always animal abuse. Whether or not they are in pain or have room to graze for eight months before they are murdered is besides the point. Sentient beings are being treated as objects, as capital and means of production;, as products and investments rather than individuals with needs and preferences. As soon as you treat any individual as a commodity, you are exploiting them, and are likely to ignore their needs in favour of profits. As the old animal agriculture adage drilled into undergrads on ag courses says: “When it comes to animal production, you go big or you go home.”
In this instance I would ask the person precisely what they mean by the word “humane.” Most people will reasonably define it as not putting an animal through any unnecessary pain or suffering. We don’t need animal products, the existence of healthy long-term vegans is evidence or that, so according to any rational definition of “necessity,” any harm caused to animals is unnecessary. When we can make very similar products out of soy, rice, hemp and nuts, there is no suffering that is necessary to inflict upon these animals. There is no “humane” way to force bull semen into a cow’s vagina. There is no “humane” way to take her child from her. There has never been a “humane” bolt through the skull, or a “humanely” slit throat. Humane animal farming is a comfortable lie, nothing more.