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Boycott Veganism http://www.images.plantbasedpeople.com/BoycottVeganism.pdf (via cormack)
i’m sorry. with all due respect, i am appalled by this article. the author has decided on the ‘correct’ definition of “veganism” (merely an ‘economic boycott/diet), and has condemned it from that point of view. but veganism is inherently morality-driven, and is but a piece of the animal rights/animal liberation fight. to argue that veganism is wrong because you believe that it is limited in this way, from your biased point of view, is dangerous and harmful to the animal rights movement. veganism and animal rights/liberation are inherent aspects of the same belief system.
this argument is like saying that it would have been harmful to the anti-slavery movement to choose not to own slaves and to tell others not to own slaves (because that would be merely an economic action). the argument would then say that the only proper way to fight slavery would be to spread the message that all humans have the same rights. while owning slaves and condoning slavery?? what a dangerous and counter-productive message to be spreading. words coupled with action are much more powerful than words alone.
go vegan! stay vegan! animal liberation now!
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- Chickens are sorted at birth to collect the females. Male chicks are considered useless since they cannot produce eggs themselves, but were also bred to be a part of the egg-laying strain of chickens which are not suitable for meat. Just hours after hatching they are either thrown alive into plastic bags, dumpsters, or into a chute which leads to a grinder. The female chickens are debeaked to prevent pecking one another from the stress of being locked in confined spaces with so many others. The majority of egg-laying hens are put into “battery cages” which usually contain up to five hens that have to share an 18 by 20 inch cage for their entire laying cycle, which under the stressful living conditions usually lasts only 1-2 years, compared to their natural 15-20 years of life. When they stop producing eggs they are either killed or “force molted”, which is a process where they are locked in a dark room without food or water for several days to shock their bodies into another egg laying cycle.
Cows are forcibly impregnated once every year so that they continually produce milk. Sometimes this procedure is done on a device known to the dairy industry as a “rape-rack.” The artificial insemination process involves a farmer inserting the entire length of his arm into the cow’s rectum to position its uterus, while they force an instrument into its vagina to inject the semen.
Their male newborns are usually taken away at birth and hastily castrated. They spend the remainder of their lives locked in a space barely bigger than their body while remaining tied down to prevent any new muscle growth. They are never allowed to walk or move freely and are fed an artificial liquid diet to produce the pale colored flesh sold as veal. The newborn females are taken and raised with surrogate mothers to become dairy cattle themselves when they are of age. When the adult cows stop producing milk or become “spent” they are usually sold to slaughterhouses. Less than fifty percent of dairy cows live past seven years of age, with twenty-five percent being slaughtered before the age of three. The natural lifespan of a cow is twenty to twenty-five years.
Cows raised for beef are usually kept in unsafe and unsanitary living conditions where injury and disease are prevalent. To combat this, they are given a long list of antibiotics. To ensure they produce a large quantity of meat they are given artificial growth hormones and fed a diet of mostly corn and soy, which makes them fattier but also very unhealthy as their normal diet is mostly grass and other ground covering plants. They are branded for identification purposes, either with a combination of ear tag and tattoo, or with a branding iron. When they are slaughtered they are knocked unconscious with a device which drives a steel bolt into their skull. It is designed to make them black out but also keep their heart pumping, so they drain more blood when their throats are slit. It has a high failure rate and they are sometimes still conscious while they are painfully bleeding to death.
I always see people going off on the privilege vegans have, and I get that- not everyone has a supermarket or anything. Not everyone has room for a garden. I get it.
But I find it to be extremely upsetting when they don’t check their OWN privilege- the privilege of being human. You are privileged in that you were born into this body that socially and generally allows you safety from repetitive rape (yes, artificial insemination is rape, I don’t care if they aren’t human, cows are sentient, intelligent beings), theft, molestation, abuse, slavery, torture, and murder. By this I don’t mean being human does not mean you will experience these things. There are humans who do, but it is not based on the fact that they are human. Just because they aren’t human does not mean they can’t feel.
I don’t get pissed off when I see people who can’t be vegan. It makes me sad. What pisses me off is when I see people who CAN be vegan and aren’t. People who have the financial resources to do it and they don’t.
Just because you don’t have a certain privilege does not mean you aren’t privileged in other aspects.
I don’t care if the animals are fed gourmet, organic food out of silver-plated troughs, sleep on Tempur-Pedic mattresses, have their nails painted, are given daily massages, bathed in Whirpool bathtubs, and sang to every night. I don’t give even a single shred of fuck that a little prayer is said before the life is literally drained from them.
It is domination. It is violence. It is a violation. IT IS WRONG.
Whether or not you are vegan or support animal rights aside, stop spewing this vomit-inducing nonsense as if I and other vegans will actually give a shit. Factory farming is not the root of animal cruelty within the farming industry. Commodifying animals in the first place IS.
This has been a vegan rant.
You might remember that I posted this picture last month talking about how sweet this feral cat was to trust me after time and eventually let me hold her and carry her around.
Oh, also, we found out that “Sebatsian” was actually a girl, who my mother dubbed “Mew-Mew”. My mom isn’t the best at naming pets. Anyway, after however many times of my parents telling me that we shouldn’t have shown that cat care, and them seeing how warmly it received me, they eventually started to show her love as well. After I had returned back to SF, I would often get updates from my parents about how little Mew-Mew was doing. The would feed her, and eventually let her into the house to just hang out with my parents while they were doing things. My father particularly grew attached because he liked having a kitten perch on his belly. My mom, one who never liked cats and even has an allergy started to love the kitten. She knew, however, that it was against her best interest to have her there, so upon my suggestion brought her to the closest shelter. Don’t worry, folks, this shelter from what I hear is a no-kill shelter. Cara has even told me that she heard from multiple people that it was. Even my mother heard from some of her friends. This place is a no kill shelter. Got it. So they drop off the little cat with reluctance, and give them the instructions to contact them if there is an issue with adoption, because they would like to adopt her.
Days pass. My father sends an email on September 29 to find out how she’s doing. No response. October 5 my father follows up asking again what has happened. No one responds until the next day when they inform him that Mew-Mew was euthanized. The cat was there about 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS. This kitten couldn’t have been more than 12 weeks old. They didn’t post about her on the website, they didn’t have any photos up.
Their reasoning? This is a direct quote from the email they sent my father:
She did not respond well to the busy shelter life and was very fractious while she was with us. Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to speak further on this matter. I am very sorry that we were not able to find a home for this kitten.
IT WAS A FERAL CAT AND YOU PUT IT IN A CAGE. Yes, it will be ill tempered. Yes, it will not like being around other cats. Did you miss the point where we said we found the cat hanging around outside of our house? You can’t cage a wild animal and expect it to be OK.
My father sent an angry reply. I told them I would. I sent them one this morning. It reads:
To whom it may concern,
It has come to my attention that recently your shelter has put a cat to sleep that my parents had brought in with the explicit instructions to contact them if there were any issues with the cat resulting in an inability to adopt - which should generally be common practice with the surrendering family, anyway. I recommended that my parents bring the cat to your shelter after I was informed by NUMEROUS people that you ran a NO-KILL shelter. So this means that a great number of people are uninformed as a result of either a lack of initiative to spread the word about what your shelter does, or someone in your facility is propagating false information. Either way, I am disgusted and appalled with the way your facility handled this particular case, and I can only hope that this isn’t the way that it’s frequently dealt with. I’m also understanding that you neglected to respond to my parents email to you at the end of September, waiting only until after they followed up their own email a week later to respond; that’s just poor business practice. Sometimes emails fall through the cracks, but you’re an institution that deals with actual living creatures. If a hospital failed to contact even the person who brings in a John Doe before euthanizing, there would be hell to pay.
It is with this that I inform you that you will no longer get my support, nor my recommendations. You will, however, be receiving a boycott, negative press, and a possible series of angry emails from animal rights activists from around the country. You locked a feral cat in a cage and killed it when it you found it didn’t like that. You should be ashamed.
So with this I ask my friends on here to send them angry emails. Show them your disgust. That’s all we can do. Tell the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility that they’re wrong. Send them letters, give them phone calls.
Southern Ocean County Animal Facility
321 Hay Road
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
A.L.F. “If not you, who? If not now, when?”