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What we eat has bigger consequences for the planet than we ever thought – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/21/what-we-eat-has-bigger-consequences-for-the-planet-than-we-ever-thought/?utm_term=.add651409e77

“The most ambitious of these scenarios proposed reducing animal-based protein consumption in all parts of the world where consumption (from any food source) exceeded 60 grams of protein and 2,500 calories daily — targeting 1.9 billion people worldwide in total. The proposed shift would bring these populations’ protein consumption down to exactly 60 grams daily by reducing only animal-based protein in the diet.”

Animal Defenders International : Publications : Political Animals 2015: Badger cull in England

http://www.ad-international.org/publications/go.php?id=4033

Anti-cull campaigners have been saying for years that it is poor animal husbandry and poor hygiene on farms, not to mention extended overwintering of cattle in sheds, that has brought about increased bTB in cattle; but why listen to logic when spending millions of tax payer money on culling our native wildlife appeases farmers of their own guilt?

Now the science is out! It has now been demonstrated that it is infected pasture and faeces that is perpetuating bTB in cattle.

Vets are denied access to abattoir footage | | The Times & The Sunday Times

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/vets-denied-access-to-abattoir-footage-hc7z27qmk

“More than 30 slaughterhouses are refusing to let official vets view CCTV footage of animals being killed, prompting concerns that they are hiding illegal acts of cruelty.”

Why? It does not take a genius to work this out. And what are “illegal acts of cruelty” anyway, in contrast to legal acts of cruelty? Vivisectionists commit legal acts of cruelty as a matter of course. Why are we as a species still perpetuating this abominable treatment of other animals every single minute of every single day? Don’t be a part of it. It’s not logical, it’s not ethical, it’s not ok.

Brain Scans Show Vegetarians and Vegans Are More Empathic than Omnivores | Psychology Today

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201207/brain-scans-show-vegetarians-and-vegans-are-more-empathic-omnivores

Is this surprising? Not remotely, in my opinion. Think about it. You kind of have to have a stronger-than-average ability or tendency to empathise to get to the point of thinking: “I can’t continue to contribute to industrial animal farming. I can’t continue to eat animals I claim to love.” Take that a little bit further… recognise and empathise with the brutal, systematic violence and abuse of dairy farming; egg hatcheries that grind all male chicks alive; the deeply unhealthy, perverse breeding of animals to produce more eggs, more milk, more meat, more wool… It’s not a huge stretch for someone who can feel as they feel to see why that kind of person would go vegan in a heartbeat (and consequently suffer emotional trauma and depression in the process of enlightenment – covered in my second blog link for today).

Of course veggies and vegans are more empathetic. How could we not be?

Standing up to the Left on Animal Rights | jayforjustice

https://jayforjustice.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/standing-up-to-the-left-on-animal-rights/

Remember: the animal rights movement is a social justice movement. If you believe in freedom of speech, the right to a peaceful life without the threat of violence and war, protecting the young and innocent from violence and abuse, if you believe in protecting and defending female rights and control over their own reproductive system, if you believe in absolute equality, liberty and justice as a whole, then why aren’t you also defending all non-human animals’ rights? We are all animals. Respect for life is respect for life, regardless of the species that life belongs to.

Watch “Animal Rights.” on YouTube

Speech by Philip Wollen. Art by Jo Frederiks.

Are you vegan yet?

‘Carnivore cleansing’ is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn

‘Carnivore cleansing’ is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn

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Predator persecution is not acceptable. Without human intervention ecosystems function just fine, with species numbers keeping their own checks and balances. Hunting and farming are having a seriously detrimental effect on ecosystems. This message can’t be said or shared enough times.

Unfortunately, from my experience of discussions on the subject, hunters don’t appear to be the most open-minded groups of people and tend to conveniently believe and regurgitate the myth that hunting equals conservation. This extends, of course, to trophy hunters who like to claim their hunting of Africa’s top predators somehow equates to a great humanitarian effort for the people in the region.

Scientific culling doesn’t help the argument against killing predators as it muddies any message that ecosystems should ideally be left to their own devices and species should not need to be ‘managed’ by humans. Culling is often then used as an excuse to kill any number of species. Ultimately, it’s up to governments to end hunting of all species all together.

I tend to feel any hunting equates to simple blood lust and the perverse enjoyment of killing (which clearly indicates psychotic tendencies), along with a greedy and short-sighted desire to clear more land or manage land upon which we rear non-native, intensively farmed animals (this includes grouse shooting in the UK, as the persecuted hen harrier population demonstrates).

I know that I would far rather see flourishing ecosystems and wholly natural spaces than acre upon acre of barren landscape dotted with cows or sheds full of meat industry slaves.

Cadbury’s calves shot to feed hunt’s hounds | UK | News | Daily Express

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/350543/Cadbury-s-calves-shot-to-feed-hunt-s-hounds

The facts of life on dairy farms. Male calves shot at birth because they can’t be milked as adults. What a vile industry we’re all funding…