Sunday, February 24, 2013

My new blog "Veganism Is Nonviolence"

Dear Friends,
I now have a blog and site Veganism Is Nonviolence so I will no longer be posting on this blog page.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

How did we come to this?

"[i]n 2012, while many of our society’s advances progress ever more rapidly, our behavior toward animals is more objectionable than ever. Despite the emergence and growth of an entire industry devoted to providing excellent alternatives to virtually everything we obtain from animal exploitation, the number of animals enslaved and killed every year is greater than at any time in history.

Even to those of us who are deeply involved with animal rights and vegan education, a brief look at the math veritably boggles the mind.

Every year around the world, for no purpose other than providing food alone (food which is not only inappropriate for human physiology, but actually contributes significantly to many of the most significant global health crises), approximately 56 billion nonhuman animals are intentionally bred, raised, and killed.

This entirely unnatural population of living beings not only causes our planet to strain under the weight of so many individuals, each requiring food, water and land that could otherwise be used much more efficiently, but also produces so much pollution and waste that the planet simply cannot recycle it fast enough.

The number of 56 billion does not even include those animals who live in water*, or those who are killed for other reasons, such as for clothing, experimentation or “sport”. In the US alone, we kill 10 billion land animals for food every year; far more than the entire current human population.

At this rate of killing, the number of deaths is greater in five days than the deaths we’ve inflicted on humans in all wars and all genocides in recorded human history (approximately 619 million). Even if every non-vegan cut their current animal product consumption by 90%, it would take us only about 41 days to kill as many sentient nonhumans as we’ve killed humans in recorded history.

    It is hard to find accurate figures with regard to the number of fishes and other aquatic animals who are killed by humans every year. However, a conservative estimate would likely be around 100 billion, making the total number of animals killed for food at least three times as much (156 billion annually).

How did we come to this?" To read more from this essay by Dan Cudahy: Unpopular Vegan Essays:  "Freedom’s New Frontier: A Guide to Animal Rights" http://bit.ly/Ki9jBS


Friday, May 18, 2012

Some shocking numbers: Earth In Crisis As Wildlife Numbers Plummet

Some shocking numbers: Earth In Crisis As Wildlife Numbers Plummet

 Go vegan. It's easier than you think. It's your first step to a nonviolent life, and it's better for the planet and your health. Not vegan? Please start here http://www.vegankit.com

What do “humanely-raised”, “free-range”, “grass-fed”, “organic” or “cruelty-free” animal products really mean for the environment?

Eco-friendly animal products: The Myth











Monday, May 14, 2012

On my early morning walk today, I watched the mothers being walked down…….





On my early morning walk today, from a distance I watched -- as I regularly do-- mothers being walked down the hill to where they have their milk stolen from them. Milk that was meant for their children. Their children were also stolen from them, and many of them were murdered shortly after. For days their mothers would call out for them and grieve. This is the story of dairy. This is a story of violence. This is how we enslave and torture mothers.

Every time you eat a piece of cheese, consume yoghurt or drink your early morning dairy latte, you are participating in great violence against these mothers. And one day --- after a few years of being repeatedly impregnated and their children stolen, these mothers will be murdered.

They all loved life as we do, and did not want to die.

Please go vegan. It's easy. It's better for you (because animal products are deleterious for one's health), for the planet (because animal use is an ecological nightmare) and most importantly, it's the morally right and just thing to do.


Not vegan? Please start here http://www.bostonvegan.org




Milk comes from a Grieving Mother


by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary (http://www.peacefulprairie.org )  

[This is a description of "free-range, organic" dairy.]

Every Year, millions of mothers all over the world are forced to endure the worst loss.
All females used for milk production are torn from their babies shortly after birth.
Some try to fight off the attackers, some try to shield their babies with their own bodies, some chase frantically after the transport,some cry pitifully, some withdraw in silent despair. Some go trustingly with their keepers only to return to an empty stall.

They all beg for their babies in language that requires no translation:

They bellow, they cry, they moan. Many continue to call for their babies for days and nights on end. Some stop eating and drinking.They search feverishly. Many refuse to give up and will return to the empty spot again and again. Some withdraw in silent grief.They all remember to their last breath the face, the scent, the voice, the gait of every baby they carried for nine months, soundered to, birthed with difficulty, bathed, loved, and never got to know, nurture, protect, and watch live. Their baby girls will be raised to replace their own “spent” mothers, their baby boys will be killed for veal.

After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood,the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk “production” declines, she and her other “spent” herd mates are trucked off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards their death, they drip milk onto the killing floor.

All Dairy operations, whether conventional or organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother. Dairy consumers support and perpetuate this intentional cruelty with their purchase.

You can stop it

Please go vegan now

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say

Worst Environmental Problem? Overpopulation, Experts Say

ScienceDaily (Apr. 18, 2009) — Overpopulation is the world’s top environmental issue, followed closely by climate change and the need to develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels, according to a survey of the faculty at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Just in time for Earth Day (April 22) the faculty at the college, at which environmental issues are the sole focus, was asked to help prioritize the planet’s most pressing environmental problems.
Overpopulation came out on top, with several professors pointing out its ties to other problems that rank high on the list.

“Overpopulation is the only problem,” said Dr. Charles A. Hall, a systems ecologist. “If we had 100 million people on Earth — or better, 10 million — no others would be a problem.” (Current estimates put the planet’s population at more than six billion.)

Dr. Allan P. Drew, a forest ecologist, put it this way: “Overpopulation means that we are putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than we should, just because more people are doing it and this is related to overconsumption by people in general, especially in the ‘developed’ world.”

“But, whether developed or developing,” said Dr. Susan Senecah, who teaches the history of the American environmental movement, “everyone is encouraged to ‘want’ and perceive that they ‘need’ to consume beyond the planet’s ability to provide.”

The ESF faculty pointed to climate change as the second most-pressing issue, with the need to develop renewable energy resources to replace fossil fuels coming in third.

“Experimenting with the earth’s climate and chemistry has great risks,” said Dr. Thomas E. Amidon, who invented a process for removing energy-rich sugars from wood and fermenting those sugars into ethanol. “This is a driver in climate change and loss of biodiversity and is a fundamental problem underlying our need to strive for sustainability.”

Rounding out the top 10 issues on the ESF list are overconsumption, the need for more sustainable practices worldwide, the growing need for energy conservation, the need for humans to see themselves as part of the global ecosystem, overall carbon dioxide emissions, the need to develop ways to produce consumer products from renewable resources, and dwindling fresh water resources.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Alice Herz Sommer, 108-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, On Conquering Hate (VIDEO)

Alice Herz Sommer, 108-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, On Conquering Hate (VIDEO)

Everything is a present. Everything... Everything. This I learned to be thankful for everything.  -- Alice Herz Sommer, 108-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

"33 year vegan's 33 tips for vegans " by Vegan Poet

"33 year vegan's 33 tips for vegans" by Vegan Poet

My personal comment in the comments section at the end of this blog post:

I would like to suggest to people to get their Vitamin D blood levels checked yearly (consider getting Vitamin B12, DHA levels as well). It's a good idea to have a comprehensive blood screen each year. Request these tests from your medical practitioner.

Just as an added note, if you find that your blood iron levels are on the high side or always on the upper side of normal, consider having a simple test for hemochromatosis . It could save your life.

It's a good idea that people take an interest in their own health and do their own health research and research the health of nonhumans they live with. It's a good idea to keep records of blood results and review them yourself. Many doctors are not even looking for Vitamin D or B12 deficiency or iron overload.

A friend who gets plenty of sunlight exposure discovered she had dangerously low Vitamin D blood levels. Vitamin D deficiency has become a widespread problem globally, particularly with people with a high percentage of melanin in their skin. If one searches "Vitamin D deficiency" one will find many many articles including medical journal articles which indicate that there is widespread D deficiency occurring and that this deficiency appears to be a major contributor to many very serious illnesses including breast cancer, colon cancer, depression, diabetes type 2 and so on. So I would urge everyone to get their blood Vitamin D levels taken each year. Apparently there are many people who do not synthesize Vitamin D successfully from sunlight.

I found to my surprise, that I also had very low blood levels 3 years ago and so I started taking a supplement "Source of Life Garden Vitamin D3" which is vegan. Vitashine Vitamin D is also supposed to be vegan. The former product have been thoroughly researched a couple of years ago, and the chemist assured that person that the production process as well as the ingredients are vegan.

Disclaimer: Please note I make no financial gain from mentioning any vegan products. Please note I do not endorse opinions, links or ads on this site.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Did you have to “come out” to your parents when you realised you liked members of the opposite sex?



Did you have to "come out" to your parents when you realised you liked members of the opposite sex? Were you in fear they would reject you for "coming out" as heterosexual? Were you denied the basic human right to legally marry a person of the opposite sex and have to listen to constant debates in society as to whether you should be allowed to marry? Did you have to be concerned at school that others would victimize you, vilify you, bully you, sexually assault you and be physically violent towards you because you were heterosexual? Did you ever fear being discriminated against in the workplace because you were heterosexual? Did you ever have to fear holding hands with your partner of the opposite sex when walking down the street? Were you exposed to constant attacks in the media and by religious groups calling you "evil" or a paedophile or "perverted" because you loved members of the opposite sex? This is just a little glimpse into the lives of LGBTIQ individuals.

Remember this next time you say something heterosexist or homophobic, or you hear someone say something homophobic and you pass it off as "harmless" or "just a bit of fun".

Heterosexism is rampant. Homophobia is rampant. It causes violence. Please reject it.



Monday, April 2, 2012

“Animal Rights: A Guide” by Angel Flinn & Dan Cudahy



The final in a series of articles on animal rights written by Dan Cudahy and Angel Flinn.- Animal Rights: A Guide
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http://gentleworld.org/freedoms-new-frontier-a-guide-to-animal-rights/

The movement for animal rights is perhaps one of the most misunderstood social phenomena of the 21st century. Despite the sincere efforts of an increasing number of individuals willing to speak up on behalf of the animals who suffer at the hands of humans, our cause continues to be misconstrued, misrepresented, and maligned.

Admittedly, the blame for this lies partially with the movement itself, or at least with certain organizations and individuals perceived to be at the helm, who seem to create their own PR nightmares, or to be so off course that one sometimes wonders if they could actually be working for the other side.

This may come as a surprise to some, but for those of us who view animal rights as the most pressing social justice issue of our time, the antics of the large organizations are often as embarrassing as they are hurtful to the animals they purport to serve. Sadly, these groups have a monopoly on not only the available funding, but subsequently, to a large degree, the hearts and minds of those watching and listening, making it painfully obvious why the animal rights movement has gained such a poor reputation.

Meanwhile, in 2012, while many of our society’s advances progress ever more rapidly, our behavior toward animals is more objectionable than ever. Despite the emergence and growth of an entire industry devoted to providing excellent alternatives to virtually everything we obtain from animal exploitation, the number of animals enslaved and killed every year is greater than at any time in history.

Even to those of us who are deeply involved with animal rights and vegan education, a brief look at the math veritably boggles the mind.

Every year around the world, for no purpose other than providing food alone (food which is not only inappropriate for human physiology, but actually contributes significantly to many of the most significant global health crises), approximately 56 billion nonhuman animals are intentionally bred, raised, and killed.

This entirely unnatural population of living beings not only causes our planet to strain under the weight of so many individuals, each requiring food, water and land that could otherwise be used much more efficiently, but also produces so much pollution and waste that the planet simply cannot recycle it fast enough.

The number of 56 billion does not even include those animals who live in water*, or those who are killed for other reasons, such as for clothing, experimentation or “sport”. In the US alone, we kill 10 billion land animals for food every year; far more than the entire current human population.

At this rate of killing, the number of deaths is greater in five days than the deaths we’ve inflicted on humans in all wars and all genocides in recorded human history (approximately 619 million). Even if every non-vegan cut their current animal product consumption by 90%, it would take us only about 41 days to kill as many sentient nonhumans as we’ve killed humans in recorded history.

* It is hard to find accurate figures with regard to the number of fishes and other aquatic animals who are killed by humans every year. However, a conservative estimate would likely be around 100 billion, making the total number of animals killed for food at least three times as much (156 billion annually).

How did we come to this? It’s obvious that the situation has been made much worse by the disastrous combination of continually increasing human population growth, technological advancements, industrial capacity, and economic demand during the 20th century and continuing into the 21st.

However, all of this is occurring on top of a deep social and cultural prejudice against sentient nonhuman beings that is exacerbated by the fact that we humans are frighteningly indulgent of our destructive habits; willing to persistently put our frivolous desires above the indisputable needs and rights of those we oppress.

To animal advocates faced with the harsh reality of this situation, it is abundantly clear that we have an enormous amount of work to do in order to shift society’s current paradigm from one of unimaginable and extreme violence to one of relatively peaceful sanity. Shifting away from the common belief that other animals are renewable resources – objects, insentient ‘things’, and economic commodities fit to be owned as property – will lead to a new perception that recognizes other animals as the conscious, feeling, innocent individuals they are.

Following is a collection of articles written for those who are interested in understanding what this movement for animal rights is all about, as well as for those who are trying to figure out how to most effectively inform public opinion. We hope that these will offer some inspiration and clarity, so that together, we will be able to elevate the collective consciousness, bringing about a paradigm that will one day grant animals freedom from persecution and slaughter. And that is a freedom one surely cannot deny they deserve.

The Importance of Being Vegan
Veganism is not a fringe philosophy – it is a moral baseline that is consistent with beliefs that most of us already hold. Veganism is a simple matter of refraining from participating in unnecessary and harmful use of sentient beings. As most people are naturally opposed to unnecessary violence, becoming and staying vegan is not a matter of changing any of our basic moral beliefs. It simply requires us to be willing to change the habits we have developed that prevent us from living according to our principles.
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Legal Slavery in the 21st Century
As surely as the abolitionists of the past knew that no man or woman should be the property of any other, the abolitionists of today know that the legal property status of animals stands in the way of their ever receiving any meaningful rights or protection, let alone being granted the freedom to live according to their own needs and desires.
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A Matter of Life and Death
We consider killing humans to be wrong regardless of the individual’s cognitive abilities, moral capacity, mental health, sex, race, nationality, age or sexual orientation. It doesn’t matter whether the person in question is terminally suffering from dementia, psychologically ill, severely retarded or a productive genius – we believe it to be seriously wrong in all cases… By stark contrast, the majority of us act as if there is absolutely nothing wrong with unnecessarily killing a member of certain other species of sentient beings. But what rational basis do we have for such a discrepancy in our perception? What quality is found in all and only humans that could possibly point to the conclusion that the lives of other animals are unimportant?
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Animal Cruelty: Who Is to Blame?
There is something very unjust about the fact that we delegate the most obscene work of our society to a select few who are emotionally hardened enough to carry it out, only to later denigrate them for their disconnection from their natural sense of empathy. When thinking about it honestly, most of us would be hard-pressed to find it in ourselves to slaughter an animal – or to rip off her skin, or slice open her body to remove the entrails, or butcher her flesh into supermarket-sized pieces… And yet, we continue to ask others to do it for us, while most people refuse to even watch these things on video or hear others describe them.
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Speciesism and Veganism: Transcending Politics and Religion
Speciesism, racism, sexism, and other prejudices rely on a morally irrelevant criterion (in this case, species) as the basis on which to deny the interests of an individual belonging to a different ‘group’, even if those interests are more significant than one’s own. As such, speciesism is simply a different form of the same underlying wrong at the foundation of all prejudices. It really doesn’t matter which morally irrelevant criteria we base our prejudice on – sex, race, skin color, age, sexual orientation, species – it is ethically wrong to use such arbitrary criteria to deny the rights of others.
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Making a Killing with Animal Welfare Reform
Animal advocacy organizations work side by side with the animal industry in developing and promoting “humane” labels for animal foods. Not only does this sort of “product development” consulting provide invaluable public relations assistance for these companies, but it also effectively gives these products the “animal people” stamp of approval when they reach the consumer. Although these programs may appear on the surface to offer greater protection for animals, it is painfully clear that they are designed as an (albeit very clever) PR campaign to increase sales, by making consumers feel better about using animal products. These labels, which include Certified Humane Raised & Handled, Humane Choice, Freedom Food and the Whole Foods 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating Standards, could quite reasonably be viewed as the ultimate betrayal from the perspective of the victims.
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Are Anti-Cruelty Campaigns Really Effective?
Because animals are property and economic commodities, we have a wide divergence of social acceptability regarding the treatment of animals.  On one hand, the law permits extreme cruelty for the most trivial of economic benefits, as long as the end use is socially acceptable.  On the other hand, most people would be horrified to see a dog – especially their own dog – endure what animals raised for food or used in experiments endure. Single Issue Campaigns reinforce these irrational dichotomies by singling out specific uses of animals as though they are worse than others. When we campaign to eliminate one branch, such as the fur or seal-clubbing industries, while ignoring other branches, such as the leather, egg, and dairy industries, we send a message to the public that certain forms of exploitation are worse than others.
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Taxpayers Fund Animal Cruelty and Environmental Devastation
Not only do such colossal government handouts artificially affect supply, these subsidies also lower the prices of animal products, which would be close to three times as high without subsidies. Considering the exorbitant costs of animal agriculture to the environment; and the costs of saturated fat, cholesterol, and excess sodium to human health, a responsible government would tax, not subsidize, animal products, even if the rights of animals were not an issue.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Vegan Advocacy
During the past few years, the call to reduce our consumption of animal products has grown tremendously. There is a great deal of diversity amongst the individuals and organizations behind this appeal, as well as in the reasons and benefits they point to, and most of them are not vegan. However, there is one thing they have in common, and that is that they are all making it easier for people to be vegan for life. Indeed, the movement away from animal use is shaping up to possibly be the most significant social phenomenon of the 21st century.
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Opposition Confirms My Purpose
“I found the minds of the people strangely indifferent to the subject of slavery. Their prejudices were invincible—stronger, if possible, than those of the slaveholders. Objections were started on every hand; apologies for the abominable system constantly saluted my ears; obstacles were industriously piled up in my path… What was yet more discouraging, my best friends—without an exception—besought me to give up the enterprise! It was not my duty (they argued) to spend my time, and talents, and services, where persecution, reproach and poverty were the only certain reward. My scheme was visionaryfanaticalunattainable… But opposition served only to increase my ardor, and confirm my purpose.”
~ William Lloyd Garrison (July 14, 1830)
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