It all comes down to pain and suffering, not intelligence, not strength, not social class or civil right. Pain and suffering are in themselves bad and should be prevented or minimized irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the being that suffers. We are all animals of this planet, we are all creatures, and non-human animals experience sensations just like we do….Like us, first and foremost, they are earthlings.

Earthlings

this is hands down my favorite quote from that entire documentary. 

(via sociologicallyimaginative)

Pain is pain, conveyed by nerves to the brain, and there are other nerves than those of intelligence. Nerves such as sight, smell, touch, and hearing, and in some animals, these nerves are much more highly developed than in man.
Earthlings (via sociologicallyimaginative)

connerxvx:

“In 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories reported traces of the chemical morphine, a highly addictive opiate. It turns out that morphine is found in cow milk and human, purportedly to ensure  offspring will bond very strongly with their mothers and get all the nutrients they need to grow.”

To sum up, veganism, far from helping animals, is a huge problem for the animal rights movement. If we want to stand up for animals, then we should stop calling ourselves vegan; stop asking others to go vegan; and even stop using the word vegan. When asked, we should state that our fight is for equality, justice, and freedom — not for a plant-based diet.

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!

(via fuckyeahveganlife)

reblog for commentary 

glasscoffin:

Savor the Chill is a vegan ice cream company in Portland, OR. The idea is to serve local artisanal frozen desserts from a truck, utilizing seasonally available ingredients. I will be bringing vegan friendly ice cream to the masses without the overhead cost that is often involved in brick and mortar shops. I will also have the the ability to move locations, something most food carts lack. This opens up the possibility of catering, farmer’s markets and local events. Every flavor will be made in small batches using organic ingredients, no processed sugars or artificial flavors, and using a coconut or almond milk base. We will make all of our sauces, cones, and source as much product locally as possible. Savor the Chill will also focus on being environmentally friendly, using only plant based serving bowls, silverware, and napkins. All of our equipment will run on electricity, and I am looking into the viability of alternative fuel sources for the truck. And once we are up and running, Savor the Chill will work on offering even more frozen desserts, like ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes. To get started, I need to purchase a batch freezer in order to generate enough product to serve to the general public, as well as fill several wholesale accounts. There is also the possibility of providing custom flavors for a few local restaurants. Basically, my one and a half quart ice cream machine isn’t going to cut it. A decent ice cream machine goes for as little as $4,500 all the way up to $17,000! That’s a lot of money to put together just for ice cream equipment alone. People are already asking for our product, I just can’t churn it out in the amounts needed. Any extra funds will go towards business insurance, any final licensing and time in a nice, clean commercial kitchen. Of course, the most important part is the ability to provide delicious and innovative vegan products to our customers. So, I am asking for your help. This dream will be realized one way or another, but any additional help I can get will make it happen that much faster. I have some amazing perks lined up for those who are gracious enough to help get this company off the ground. Several very talented artists have provided artwork for die-cut stickers, t-shirts, and buttons. I will also be offering gift certificates for free pints, and the opportunity to create your own custom flavor.
-http://www.indiegogo.com/Savor-The-Chill
If you can, help him out! <3

glasscoffin:

Savor the Chill is a vegan ice cream company in Portland, OR. The idea is to serve local artisanal frozen desserts from a truck, utilizing seasonally available ingredients. I will be bringing vegan friendly ice cream to the masses without the overhead cost that is often involved in brick and mortar shops. I will also have the the ability to move locations, something most food carts lack. This opens up the possibility of catering, farmer’s markets and local events.
Every flavor will be made in small batches using organic ingredients, no processed sugars or artificial flavors, and using a coconut or almond milk base. We will make all of our sauces, cones, and source as much product locally as possible.
Savor the Chill will also focus on being environmentally friendly, using only plant based serving bowls, silverware, and napkins. All of our equipment will run on electricity, and I am looking into the viability of alternative fuel sources for the truck. And once we are up and running, Savor the Chill will work on offering even more frozen desserts, like ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes.
To get started, I need to purchase a batch freezer in order to generate enough product to serve to the general public, as well as fill several wholesale accounts. There is also the possibility of providing custom flavors for a few local restaurants. Basically, my one and a half quart ice cream machine isn’t going to cut it.
A decent ice cream machine goes for as little as $4,500 all the way up to $17,000! That’s a lot of money to put together just for ice cream equipment alone.
People are already asking for our product, I just can’t churn it out in the amounts needed. Any extra funds will go towards business insurance, any final licensing and time in a nice, clean commercial kitchen.
Of course, the most important part is the ability to provide delicious and innovative vegan products to our customers. So, I am asking for your help. This dream will be realized one way or another, but any additional help I can get will make it happen that much faster.
I have some amazing perks lined up for those who are gracious enough to help get this company off the ground. Several very talented artists have provided artwork for die-cut stickers, t-shirts, and buttons. I will also be offering gift certificates for free pints, and the opportunity to create your own custom flavor.

-http://www.indiegogo.com/Savor-The-Chill

If you can, help him out! <3