You really don’t want to know. Knock off Uggs are made with the pelts of Chinese raccoon dogs rather than than the sheep skin found in authentic Uggs. In order to pass the savings for these counterfeits on to the customer, the raccoon dogs are tortured and murdered in a mind-blowingly horrific fashion. WARNING: Graphic.
First off I wanna start this by saying trigger warning for animal abuse.
And Kale, if you’re reading this, there is a bit on cat abuse. It’s small but it’s there, so if you do want to read it, prepare yourself.
I bought a zine awhile back that backed up a lot of how I felt about smoking.
My entire life I’ve been surrounded by cigarette smoke. I think one of the things that makes me laugh is the “anarchist” kids who consistently claimed “fuck the man!” while lighting up a stick of death by capitalism. You don’t get closer to “the man” than by cigarette companies.
Also, if you are following a vegan diet, then yes, most cigarettes are vegan. However, if you follow the vegan lifestyle, which is do no harm to animals, humans, or the earth, then they definitely are not.
I’ve always found cigarettes to be a waste of money, but the amount of money and resources they waste is so much more than I ever thought before. I mean, wouldn’t it be easier to just hang yourself if you are intent on suicide? But they don’t just kill you, they kill everyone around you.
this is the zine in real life:
I apologise for any misspellings, I typed it up pretty quickly and don’t wanna take more time checking it over! Also the following information is not my words, but from this etsy shop. They’re on hiatus right now but hopefully they’ll print more in the future!
Cigarettes are tested on animals
American Spirit cigarettes are popular among vegan smokers due to their supposed lack of additives. But is an additive-free cigarette also cruelty-free?
Unfortunately, no. American Spirit is owned by Reynolds American, which has had quite the track record of animal abuse. In the 1960’s, Reynolds opened its own animal testing facility nicknamed the Mouse House in North Carolina. Inside the Mouse House, a staff of thirty researchers hooked mice and rabbits up to smoking machines, forcing the animals to inhale cigarette smoke. After years of torturing animals in this manner, the scientists linked smoking to emphysema. The corporate side of Reynolds didn’t want evidence that supported a relationship between smoking and life-threatening diseases to reach the public, so they forced the researchers to hand over the information. The research was “accidentally” destroyed. Reynolds American management fired the researchers, killed the remaining animals and discontinued the Mouse House. Nowadays, Reynolds uses a research company called Covance to do their animal testing. In 2004, an investigator working undercover infiltrated Covance and videotaped various animal abuse including researchers hitting monkeys, throwing them against their cages, and leaving sick and injured monkeys without veterinary care. Covance is also the number one breeder in the US of dogs (specifically beagles) for animal testing purposes. “Animal testing” can include everything from forcing the animals to smoke cigarettes through tubes inserted in their throats, to putting toxic chemicals into animals’ eyes or skin, to force-feeding them poisonous substances. Many dogs also had their chest cavities cut open to legs completely removed to test the effects of nicotine on the circulatory system. Primates also have it pretty bad at Covance in the name of Big Tobacco. Moneys are strapped to chairs or in small cages and forced to inhale smoke. Pregnant monkeys are injected with nicotine and then their babies dissected when they are born. Cats also are forced to inhale smoke to test the effects of nicotine on cardiac reflexes. This information is specifically about Reynolds American, but all big tobacco companies (including Phillip Morris and Lorillard) all use animal testing, and most of them contain animal ingredients, too. By smoking cigarettes, you are supporting animal testing. In fact, every year, you are causing the torture and murder of MORE THAN*:
221,286 guinea pigs
(information from the 2005 USDA statistics)
*Not all labs submitted their information, and rats and mice are not considered “real animals” so their deaths, while every year number in the millions, are undocumented.
In Uruguay and South Korea, 40% of deforestation is because of the tobacco industry. In Malawi, where only three percent of farmers grow tobacco, almost 80% of the trees cut down are for curing tobacco. In 1985 4.1 million hectares (this is around 9,884,216 acres) of the Earth’s land were under tobacco cultivation — 73% of this in developing countries. This is 0.3% of the world’s arable land, compared with 0.7% for coffee, 2.3% for cotton, and 16.3% for wheat. Malaysia has the most at 4.6%, Zimbabwe next at 3%. This land would be better used for food production, but due to the nature of the tobacco industry, farmers in developing countries make more money growing a crop that kills people rather than feed them. Tobacco crops are often covered in chemicals (herbicides, fertilizers, pesticide) which deplete the soil, forcing farmers to cut down more trees to make room for crops. Without even factoring in the paper wrapping, packaging and print advertisements — which require as much paper by weight as the tobacco being grown — nearly 600 million trees are cut down each year to provide the fuel necessary for drying out the tobacco. That means one in eight trees are cut down each year worldwide is being destroyed for tobacco production. Farmers in developing countries continue to grow tobacco because of the tremendous financial incentives from multinational corporations like Philip Morris and Reynolds American. With enticements such as farming supplies or a guaranteed foreign exchange for their crops, farmers are reluctant to use their land for anything else. even when some corporations try to boost their green reputation by offering to replant trees on excess farmland, most tobacco farmers use what little land is left to grow food for their families. Moreover, were farmer to stop growing tobacco and only grow food crops — as the Yale University School of Medicine proposed more than a decade ago — 10 to 20 million of the world’s current 28 million undernourished people could be fed. Aside from land erosion, deforestation also affects the atmosphere, by raising the level of carbon dioxide emissions responsible for global warming. Scientists affiliated with the climate research group Global Canopy Programme in England have reported that the 51 million acres of forest cut down globally every year account for nearly 25 percent of heat-trapping gasses. By that standard, the 9 million acres being deforested annually for tobacco production account for nearly 5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
So, you know that smoking kills you. I fully believe that everyone should have the right to kill themselves if they want to. However, it is important to remember you do not live in a bubble and that your actions have an impact on those around you. It’s no surprise that tobacco industry kills almost 500,000 USians a year, 50,000 of them from second hand smoke. There are an estimated 6 million tobacco-related deaths yearly worldwide. This means, if you smoke around other people, you are poisoning them. This is pretty gross and selfish itself, but let’s continue. So 500,000 people a year die from lighting a wad of paper, plants, and chemicals, and breathing it into their bodies. Chances are you have lost someone who died because of heath problems from smoking. From smoking cigarettes, you can kill yourself with coronary heart disease, cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, bladder, pancreas, kidney, and esophagus, cornice obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema.
Worldwide in 2004, second hand smoking was estimated to have caused 379,000 deaths from ischaemic heart disease, 165,000 from lower respiratory infections, 36,900 from asthma, and 21,400 from lung cancer. 603,000 deaths were attributable to second-hand smoke in 2004, which was about 10% of worldwide mortality. If you care about living things around you, cut the shit.
WAKE UP WORLD AND SHOW SOME COMPASSSION!
Everyone, please take a few seconds to spread the message and make people care about animal cruelty. Although animals are and will continue to be killed for materials and food, there’s no need to go about it in this way, especially for trivialities like fur coats, ivory carvings, and “tradition”. If humanity isn’t capable of respecting nature, how then can we expect to treat ourselves? Nobody could justify the amount of pain and trauma caused just to gain scraps of colored paper. Do your part.
The Chinese media has reported on an extraordinary account of a mother bear saving her cub from a life of torture by strangling it and then killing itself.
The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West of China. The bears on the farm had their gall bladders milked daily for ‘bear bile,’ which is used as a remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as ‘crush cages’, as the bears have no room to manoeuvre and are literally crushed.
The bile is harvested by making a permanent hole or fistula in the bears’ abdomen and gall bladder.
As the hole is never closed, the animals are suspect to various infections and diseases including tumours, cancers and death from peritonitis.
The bears are fitted with an iron vest, as they often try to kill themselves by hitting their stomach as they are unable to bear the pain.
A person who was on the farm in place of a friend witnessed the procedures and told Reminbao.com that they were inhumane.
The witness also claimed that a mother bear broke out its cage when it heard its cub howl in fear before a worker punctured its stomach to milk the bile.
The workers ran away in fear when they saw the mother bear rushing to its cub’s side.
Unable to free the cub from its restraints, the mother hugged the cub and eventually strangled it.
It then dropped the cub and ran head-first into a wall, killing itself.
Many TCM practitioners have denounced the use of bear bile in their treatment as there are cheaper herbs and synthetics that can be used in its place.
Bear bile is traditionally used to remove ‘heat’ from the body as well as treat high fever, liver ailments and sore eyes.