Compassion

29 Nov

I am vegan cause when I see meat/dairy/eggs I do not see food,I see the blood,torture,pain,fear and the death behind it.i see an animal who was ripped to shreds.i see a being that wanted to live,a being that died fighting for survival,I see the fear in their eyes and I try to imagine what they were going through,what they were thinking,the fear and the pain they were in.I am not tempted in anyway to eat animals as I do not see food I see a living being that lived a life of hell and torment only that die in a unbelievable amount of pain.
People who say they love animals,yet continue to consume animal products do not love animals,they may care for their dog or cat,but if they eat any animal product they can’t love animals as they are supporting the death and torture of billions of animals each year.veganism is good for one’s health,veganism is better for the environment,but I am not vegan for either of those reasons,I’m vegan simply cause I care for animals,I treat animals the way I’d want to be treated,if I were a animal I would not want to be condoned to a life of torture and torment,I would not want to have my jugular cut then be hung upside down till my body was completely drained of all its blood,nor would not want to be anally electrocuted.and i would not want to live crammed into a cage with several other animals just so that I could end up having my neck snapped,be hung upside down by my feet,be defeathered,gutted,cooked then be served to someone as dinner,I am vegan because I feel compassion for other beings,and I refuse to treat them in any other way then the way that I would want to be treated if I were them.

I do not understand how anyone could possibly continue to consume animal products,use products that have been tested on animals or support any form of animal entertainment once they know the truth behind the industries.

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“The reason why I dedicate myself to helping animals is because there are so many people dedicated to hurting them.”

Animals suffering for amusement

16 Dec

‘Circuses’
Animals used in circuses are confined in small,barren cages that gives them only enough room to stand up and lie down.Large animals like elephants are kept chained whenever they are not performing and whenever they are transported,in order to persuade the animals to perform  trainers use whips,chains,electric  prods,metals hooks, and ropes.

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‘Zoos’
Animal sat Zoos are captured from their natural habitats,bred in zoos’captive-breeding programs,or purchased or borrowed from other zoos.They are often forced to travel long distances in cramped containers,and many animals arrive ill,injured,or dead. The conditions of american zoos can only be described as despicable.Animals are kept in barren cages that provide no physical or mental stimulation whatsoever.Animals in zoos -even”good”’zoos,or those with ”natural habitats”often exhibit necrotic,stress induced behaviors,such as  pacing,head bobbing,weaving back and forth  and throwing feces.Some animals develop  ulcers,others infections in their feet from standing in urine and excrement. Zoo employees who have little  or no training in dealing with exotic animals commonly subjects zoo animals to  rough handling and improper care. Veterinary care is often inadequate at zoos  because veterinarians are just not trained to deal with the broad range of species confined in zoos.

‘Rodeos’
The events associated with/at rodeos include bronco riding and bull riding,in which horses and bulls are fitted with ”bucking straps”that irritates
their abdominal areas and causes them to buck;calf  or steer roping,which a calf or steer is running at a speed of up to 30 miles per hour  is roped,jerkedto a suddenstop and flipped over and tied;team roping,in which one contestant ropes a running animal around the head and horns while another lassos and ties the hind feet; and steer wrestling, in  which a mounted constant jumps from a horse onto the back of a steer and  twist the animal’s neck until he falls to the ground.

Animals used in rodeos are often confined in chutes adjacent to the show rings and tormented with electric prods until they  become frantic,at which time the chute is opened .The calf or steer then bolts  from the chuteto escape the pain ofthe electric prod.Animal used in rodeos are  frequently injured in these events.Horses break legs,calves and steers break bones,break their necks,sever their windpipes,and
become paralyzed after running into  fences and being flipped by  ropes.contestants in rodeos wear metal spurs that they dig into the necks and shoulders of the horses they  ride.Although professional rodeos associations require that veterinarians  be present or on call,about half of these
rodeos do NOT have ant veterinarian present,and amateur rodeos often do NOT even have a veterinarian on call.

Horse racing and dog racing

There are more then 60 thousand horse racesthat take place in the U.S each year,many horses are subject to fatal and near fatal injuries every year from broken bones,as well as severly ruptured ligaments amd other impairments.In 1993 there were 840 horses that suffered fatal injuries while racing,and an even larger number were killed by injuries subtained during workouts.Approximately 3,500 horses suffered non-fatal injuries that were serious enough to prevent horses from completing the races.

When horses are no longer useful for racing,.they are used for breeding or,as is usually the case,sold at auction for slaughter.Approximately 75% of all racehorses end up at the slaughterhouse;In the U.S there are about 100,000 horses per year.

In addition to horse racing,the U.S has a large dog racing business.About 40 thousand greyhounds are born annually and sshipped to training
farms around the country.The dogs at greyhound tracks are often housed in small individual cages that are stacked one upon another in kennel facilities that hold up to a thousand dogs.They are kept in their cages for 18 to 22 hours a day.Older dogs and those who are less competitve are killed,sold to laboratories,sold to racetracks in latin america,or given to adoption group.there’s a estimate that between 20 and 25 thousand dog are killed every year as a direct result of the racing industry.

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All animals have the right to live.

16 Dec

Beef cows

Many beef cattle are born and/or live on the range, foraging and fending for themselves, for months or even years. They are not adequately protected against inclement weather, and they may die of dehydration or freeze to death. Injured, ill, or otherwise ailing animals do not receive necessary veterinary attention. One common malady afflicting beef cattle is called “cancer eye”. Left untreated, the cancer eats away at the animal’s eye and face, eventually producing a crater in the side of the animal’s head. Accustomed to roaming unimpeded and unconstrained, range cattle are frightened and confused when humans come to round them up. Injuries often result as terrified animals are corralled and packed onto cattle trucks. Many will experience additional transportation and handling stress at stock yards and auctions where they are goaded through a series of walkways and holding pens and sold to the highest bidder. From the auction, older cattle may be taken directly to slaughter, or they may be takento a feedlot. Younger animals, and breeding age cows, may go back to the range. Ranchers still identify cattle the same way they have since pioneer days, with hot iron brands. Needless to say, this practice is extremely traumatic and painful, and the animals bellow loudly as ranchers’ brands are burned into their skin. Beef cattle are also subjected to waddling, another type of identification marking. This painful procedure entails cutting chunks out of the hide which hangs under the animals’ necks. Waddling marks are supposed to be large enough so that ranchers can identify their cattle from a distance. Most beef cattle spend the last few months of their lives at feedlots, crowded by the thousand into dusty, manure-laden holding pens. The air is thick with harmful bacteria and particulate matter, and the animals are at a constant risk for respiratory disease. Feedlot cattle are routinely implanted with growth promoting hormones, and they are fed unnaturally rich diets designed to fatten them quickly and profitably. Because cattle are biologically suited to eat a grass-based, high fiber diet, their concentrated feedlot rations contribute to metabolic disorders. Cattle may be transported several times during their lifetimes, and they may travel hundreds or even thousands of miles during a single trip. Long journeys are very stressful and contribute to disease. Young cattle are commonly taken to areas with cheap grazing land, to take advantage of this inexpensive feed source. Upon reaching maturity, they are trucked to a feedlot to be fattened and readied for slaughter. Eventually, all of them will end up at the slaughterhouse. At a standard beef slaughterhouse, 250 cattle are killed every hour.
Once animals get to the slaughterhouse animals,such as cows and pigs are led to the killing floor,where they are stunned by electiric shock,shackled,hoisted upside down,kicking and struggling,and butered.delivering a potent shock is often difficult or too much trouble for the slaughterhouse workers and the result is that some animals regain conciousness while hanging and waiting for slaughter or during the slaughtering process itself.Eventually, the animals will be “stuck” in the throat with a knife, and blood will gush from their bodies whether or not they are unconscious.At slaughterhouses that produce kosher or balal meat,the animals are NOT stunned before having their carotid arties severed.

All animals have the right to live.

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Factory Farming.

15 Dec

Farm animals including pigs and chickens,are housed in
massive confinement buildings that resemble factory warehouses,and most of these
animals never see the outdoor until they are sent to slaughter.

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In factory farms,animals do not even have enough space to move their limbs or turn around.Broiler chickens are crammed into buildings holding thousands of birds,while chickens used in egg production are confined in ”battery cage”that usually measures 144 square INCHES,often with cages stacked 3 to 5 layers high,there are usually eight or nine hens kept in each cage.The hens live like this for about two years or less, until their bodies are exhausted from the stresses of constant laying and their egg production decreases. At that point,they are shipped to slaughter to be turned into animal feed or sometimes human
food or are simply discarded. In 2003 a public outcry brought attention to a California ranch that was reported to have discarded thousands of live hens using a wood chipper; no charges were brought because, as it turned out, this is a common industry practice.

There are about 300 million laying hens in the United States; of these, some 95 percent are kept in wire battery cages, which allow each hen an average of 67 square inches of space—less than the size of a standard sheet of paper.Hens are usually kept eight or nine to a cage; long tiers of these cages are built one upon another in sheds that hold tens of thousands of birds, none of whom has enough room to raise a wing. A very horrible effect of the egg-production industry is the wholesale destruction of male chicks, who are useless to the egg industry. These chicks are not used in the meat industry either, because they have not been genetically manipulated for meat production. Male chicks are ground up in batches while still alive, suffocated in trash cans, or gassed.

More than 50 billion chickens are raised and slaughtered annually.

 

Only in movies do pigs spend their lives running across sprawling pastures and relaxing in the sun.
On any given day in the U.S., there are more than 65 million pigs on factory farms, and 110 million
are killed for food each year.

Mother pigs (sows)who account for almost 6 million of the pigs in the U.S.spend most of their lives in individual “gestation” crates.These crates are about 7 feet long and 2 feet wide too small to allow the animals even to turn around.After giving birth to piglets, sows are moved to “farrowing” crates, which are wide enough for them to lie down and nurse their babies but not big enough for them to turn around or build nests for their young.

Piglets are separated from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old. Once her piglets are gone, the sow is impregnated again, and the cycle continues for three or four years before she is slaughtered. This intensive confinement produces stress- and boredom-related behavior, such as chewing on cage bars and obsessively pressing against water bottles.

After they are taken from their mothers, piglets are confined to pens until,they are separated to be raised for breeding or meat.Every year in the U.S., millions of male piglets are castrated (almost always without being given any painkillers) because consumers supposedly complain of “boar taint” in meat that comes from intact animals.In extremely crowded conditions, piglets are prone to stress-related behavior such as cannibalism and tail-biting, so farmers often chop off piglets’ tails and use pliers to break off the ends of their teeth without giving them any painkillers.For identification purposes, farmers also cut out chunks of the young animals’ ears.

Pigs and their life in horror.

1 Dec

When allowed to live out their natural lives,pigs live for an average of 10-15 years, but factory farmed pigs are sent to slaughter after just six months of life. In order to get the terrified pigs onto the trucks bound for the slaughterhouse, workers may beat them on their sensitive noses and backs or stick electric prods into their rectums.

Crammed into 18-wheelers, pigs struggle to get air and are usually given no food or water for the entire journey (often hundreds of miles). They suffer from temperature extremes and are forced to inhale ammonia fumes and diesel exhaust. A former pig transporter told PETA that pigs are “packed in so tight, their guts
actually pop out their butts—a little softball of guts actually comes out.”

According to a 2006 industry report, more than 1 million pigs die each year from the horrors of transport alone. Another industry report notes that, in some transport loads, as many as 10 percent of pigs are “downers,” animals who are so ill or injured that they are unable to stand and walk on their own. These sick and injured pigs will be kicked, struck with electric prods, and then dragged off the trucks to their deaths.

In winter, some pigs die frozen to the sides of the trucks. In summer, some die from heat exhaustion. Some fall and suffocate when additional animals are forced to pile in on top of them. All are in a panic—screaming and desperately trying to get away—and some die of heart attacks.

One worker reports, “In the wintertime there are always hogs stuck to the sides and floors of the trucks. [Slaughterhouse workers] go in there with wires or knives and just cut or pry the hogs loose. The skin pulls right off. These hogs were alive when we did this.”

In 2004, a transport truck owned by Smithfields foods and loaded with 180 pigs flipped over in Virginia. Many pigs died in the accident, while others lay along the roadside, injured and dying. PETA officials arrived on the scene and offered to humanely euthanize the injured animals, but Smithfield refused to allow the suffering animals a humane death because the company could not legally sell the flesh of animals who had been euthanized. After an accident in April 2005, Smithfield spokesperson Jerry Hostetter told one reporter, “I hate to admit it, but it happens all the time.”

Slaughter
The unloading at the slaughterhouses is as ugly as the loading. After being kept in an immobile state all their lives, their legs and lungs are so weak that the pigs can barely walk. But when they see space ahead of them, some of them begin running for the first time in their lives.

Like fillies, they jump and buck, overjoyed with their first feel of freedom. Then, suddenly, they collapse and cannot get up. They can only lie there, trying to breathe, their bodies racked with pain from abuse and neglect on the factory farms.Then drivers hook their legs up to winches to pull them, often pulling their legs right off.

A typical slaughterhouse kills up to 1,100 pigs every hour. The sheer number of animals killed makes it impossible for them to be given humane, painless deaths. Because of improper stunning, many pigs are alive when they reach the scalding tank, which is intended to soften their skin and remove their hair.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) documented 14 humane-slaughter violations at one processing plant, where inspectors found hogs who “were walking and squealing after being stunned [with a stun gun] as many as four times.”

According to one slaughterhouse worker, “There’s no way these animals can bleed out in the few minutes it takes to get up the ramp. By the time they hit the scalding tank, they’re still fully conscious and squealing. Happens all the time.”

The best way to help put an end to this cruelty is to stop eating/using animal products

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The wool industry.

1 Dec

Sheeps are gentle individuals who, like all animals, feel pain, fear, and loneliness. But because there is a market for their fleece and skins, they are treated as nothing more than wool-producing machines. If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides effective insulation against both cold and heat. Shearers are usually paid by volume, not by the hour, which encourages fast work without regard for the welfare of the sheep. Says one eyewitness, “The shearing shed must be one of the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals … I have seen shearers punch sheep with their shears or their fists until the sheep’s nose bled. I have seen sheep with half their faces shorn off …” In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the world’s merino wool—which is used in products ranging from clothing to carpets—originates, lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure called “mulesing,” in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the animals’ backsides, often without any painkillers.

Within weeks of birth, lambs’ ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated without anesthetics. Male lambs are castrated when they are between 2 and 8 weeks old, either by making an incision and cutting their testicles out or with a rubber ring used to cut off blood supply—one of the most painful methods of castration possible. Every year, hundreds of lambs die before the age of 8 weeks from exposure or starvation, and mature sheep die every year from disease, lack of shelter, and neglect.

Millions of these sheep who survive on the farms are then shipped to the Middle East on crowded multilevel ships. These live exports, which can last for weeks, go to countries where animal welfare standards are non-existent. The suffering sheep are dragged off the ships, loaded onto trucks, and dragged by their ears and legs to often unregulated slaughterhouses, where their throats are slit while they are still conscious.

No amount of fluff can hide the fact that anyone who buys wool supports a cruel and bloody industry. There are plenty of durable, stylish, and warm fabrics available that aren’t made from wool or animal skins. Please join the millions of people all over the world who know that compassion is the fashion. Save a sheep—don’t buy wool.

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The veal industry.

26 Nov

Few people understand how their purchase of milk is connected to the veal industry, when in fact, veal is a by-product of the dairy industry.

For female cows to produce milk, they are kept in a constant cycle of being pregnant and giving birth. While pregnant and shortly thereafter, a cow’s body is producing the hormones necessary to maximize milk production. What happens to all those baby cows? Male calves are useless for milk production and are a different breed of cattle from the ones raised for beef.Dairy cows, female and male, lack the musculature necessary to maximize profits for beef producers. About half of the female calves will become dairy cows, to replace their mothers. The other half of the females are useless to the dairy industry. So, usually on the day they are born, nearly all of the male calves and half of the female calves are taken from their mothers, to be turned into veal.

It may seem counterintuitive that milk, which is so connected to birth and life, is also so connected to slaughter and death.

HOW VEAL CALVES LIVE.

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Newborn calves are  collected at dairy operations, many never suckling the initial protective
colostrum from their mothers. At most they may be two or three days old and already so weak that many are unable to walk.

They are placed in wooden body crates barely wider than their shoulders, with slatted sides and floors, with no bedding, unable to stand or lie down but perhaps allowing a single step forward or backward. It’s a wooden box, almost a coffin. To produce pale bland flesh, they are fed an unnatural liquid milk-replacer diet deficient in iron and minerals, with no hay to eat. The veal calf is by definition a sick, deliberately malnourished animal. As infants, their instinct is to nurse, and as they grow, the calves become desperate for something to chew on so they gnaw at anything they can reach,like  the sides and floors of their crates. To prevent this, the handlers chain them  to the fronts of the small wooden cage. Lack of movement also contributes to keeping the muscles from developing and the meat darkening. Constantly frustrated and hungry, any human activity in the barn agitates the calves and they struggle and throw themselves against the walls, injuring and wounding themselves. Therefore feeding and cleaning procedures are as short and automated  as possible; at other times the sheds are dark to keep the calves quiet.

In this barren environment, the calves’ most basic needs are never met. Instead, they must suffer a small space allowance, no social contact,  the denial of roughage, minimal fresh water, darkness, and weakness from low  hemoglobin levels, which are maintained to produce the white meat. Under these circumstances, they are susceptible to a long list of diseases, including  anemia, chronic pneumonia, septicemia, enteritis, lameness, and diarrhea  (causing dehydration and a loss of electrolytes).

With continuous restraint and deprivation, from the beginning to  the end of their short lives, veal calves are the most miserable of farmed animals, the most pitiful victims: a reflection of extreme human cruelty and greed.

HOW THEY ARE KILLED.

A chain is put around one leg and they are hoisted up and connected to thenext conveyer belt moving them to the “sticking” station for their throats to becut. The arteries in their necks are slashed, even as they are squirming andbleating. They are bled, the food pipe is tied off, and facial skinning is started.The nose, ears, and feet are cut off, and some calves are still responsive and obviously in pain.

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