Why going vegan is important , right here, right now in this generation.

Some of the most credible critics are long time agricultural farmers and ranchers like Howard Lyman. People who grew up farming, milking cows and have been absolutely horrified by by the animals that have been turned into nothing but mechanical devices that, pumped full of drugs, the only emphasis is producing animal products as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The number of slaughtered animals world wide is over 60 billion annually. Just try to imagine the perverse plight of a farm animal that’s going to be slaughtered. A deeply sensitive, intelligent being. A cow, a turkey, a lamb, a pig for example. Once who knows what’s about to happen but he’s trapped, he cannot escape. Try to envision such a life if you dare call it that. Even for a few moments. Put a face on the ‘meat’. See who the being actually was on your ‘steak’. See who the being actually was on your ‘chop’. See who the being actually was on your ‘drum stick’. There are other beings in the world who are aware of the world and they are aware of what happens to them. And what happens to them matters to them. It makes a difference to their life from the inside. They have a biography not merely a biology, that they are somebody not ‘something’ and what happens when you have that awareness, you understand that those beings have no voice. They have no power. They have no constituency among themselves to speak for themselves , and so you understand that if they are to be heard, you must do the speaking for them. With animal consciousness you understand that your commitment to the vulnerable extends beyond the human family.

We’ve heard a lot of talk about evil, and we tend to have this vision of evil as fanatically passionate people, people who are either religious fanatics, or who are crazed and commit evil deeds and that’s all on our front pages and these are terrible things and we know that this is a terrible thing but having said that we tend to ignore the other kind of evil. Cold evil this is evil not done out of passion or out of prejudice or religious fanaticism. These are the cold institutional systemic evils that we see for instance in factory farming where billions and billions of animals are treated in an absolutely evil and terrifying way and yet it’s systemic. It’s hidden from view. No one is passionately stabbing them. It’s the system that’s evil. If the average person were to see what happens to create that ‘meal’ , he would be horrified. You need to continue to create that awareness.

TSE diseases have very long incubation periods and cannot be detected in their early stages and largely go diagnosed however are 100% fatal. The statistical information regarding these diseases is almost totally obscured. There ought to be mandatory reporting of CJD for example (to name but one), and consideration for autopsy ought to taken on anyone who passes from dementia for example. Proper studies are still not being done. Would you really know if you were eating a full blown BSE animal? A dangerous chance to take don’t you think? Think too about your family and your loved ones. Do you really want to continue to risk feeding them diseased ‘meat’ thus making yourselves ill constantly and open to diseases? With an incubation period that can last anything up to 40 years, you really do not want to watch your loved one suffer with any of the diseases passed on through the consumption of any animals and their bi products.

Turn to history for life’s lessons and encouragement and instruction. Be warned by what has happened to others and how much they suffer daily. If we look at how native American people were once fueled and treated by the conquistadors. When they were viewed as non-human beings, and when their blood was used to fertilize fields. It’s unthinkable today. When we look at slavery, when you could buy and sell and beat with impunity people of African decent. Unthinkable today. When woman couldn’t get divorced or own property or get an education or vote. Unthinkable today. What history teaches us is that a few good people who are determined and who are persistent, who don’t give up can change the world. So what we have to believe as activists is that we’re not going to do this tomorrow. The wall of oppression has to be taken apart a brick at a time. When we get a critical mass of people change will come. That’s how we ought to go to sleep at night and that’s how we ought to wake up the next morning. That ought to be our faith!

If we are going to deal with the problems that we are having whether they are health, the environment or the animal issues we have to do it in this generation. We are now up against the wall and we cannot afford to take a pass. We cannot say that it is up to somebody else to take care of this problem. It’s up to us right now to get involved. If we don’t there may not be a future for our children and grandchildren. All of those animals that we are killing are killing us. This is about the absolute survival of the human species. Spread this message for as long as you have breath in your body. Animals are waiting for us to become informed and to become enlightened. We have no choice but to go vegan.

‘Meat’ Pastels.

These pastels may look yummy and absolutely scrumptious – from the outside. But you would not divulge from a restaurant that served  ‘meat’. Why? – ‘meat’ – all meat comes from violence. ‘Meat’ no matter which specie, they all are farmed from violence, from pain and suffering  – all wanted to live,  all who’s lives were taken away from them. You do not want to consume violence. Let’s be clear – if you as a ‘meat’ eater where served up these delightful looking pastels with minced ‘meat’ in spicy savoury gravy – not even the most distinguished of palettes could establish who’s flesh it was within that pastry. If that thought stops you dead in your tracks – you want to go vegan. Most of all you want to go vegan for ethical reasons.

Becoming a much more common occurrence in todays world, the behind the scenes in ‘meat’ kitchens around the world where violence is commonplace, and no prejudice against any particular specie is acknowledged – where all specie are mere commodities, ‘food’, palette pleasures, innocent creatures to do with as man pleases, slaves, trinkets and toys. It therefore serves as no shock anymore when I hear that customers at restaurants such as Rio de Janeiro snack bar were unwittingly eating pastries made from the meat of stray dogs. Officers investigating the popular fast food house reportedly found boxes containing the frozen carcasses of dozens of dogs. The canines, which appeared to have been killed with blows to the head (no different to that of any other slaughter facility after all killing is killing), were used for the fillings of ‘pastels’, a traditional Brazilian stuffed pastry which is deep-fried and normally made with ground beef. Does that make the fact that it was sold as ground ‘beef’ any better or worse than the fact that it was dog, or even may have been cat or even had a bit of ground up ‘human’ hand in it – they are all ‘corpses’ –  ‘dead decaying flesh’. You don’t want to be eating any meat at all. Why? – When you eat ‘meat’, you encourage further violence by fuelling demand for flesh and certainly more variety of it.  

Moving on with this particular recent incident and according to police, owner of this shameful restaurant Van Ruilonc admitted to making the snacks from dog meat, adding that the animals were strays he had rounded up from streets in the city, which incidentally, will host next year’s Olympic Games. Van Ruilonc sees no difference in which ‘meat’ he serves up, it has all become just food to him – therein lays the moral issue. And I have to ask where do you draw the line, my simple response is – when you go vegan. When you stop eating, you stop wearing, you stop exploiting animals – they shall stop suffering. It’s quite simple – as long as you are consuming pigs, sheep, chickens, cows, fish, eggs, dairy etc – people shall be throwing in dogs, cats, rats, and any other inconceivable, unthinkable piece of flesh out there into the mix, because they can and because you have and are creating a demand for it. Violence, torture, and suffering shall go on for as long as you don’t go vegan.

Ruilonc, 32, is reportedly one of a group of Chinese businessmen who own dozens of pastry houses in Rio de Janeiro, including at least one in the beachside tourist district of Copacabana. I can only imagine and shudder how he and many others have managed to keep dog populations at bay within the districts attached to his charming ‘meatier’ pastry houses.
Lets be clear he was not caught out for his so called delicious ‘beef’ pastels – he was caught out for his slavery trade and trafficking of human beings, but then again what would one expect from an individual who exploits animals – after all humans are merely slaves and animals still. A rather daunting thought, one that I have heard many a comment – he may have been adding human flesh to the mix, then again, no one would ever have known the difference. The discovery at the eatery in Rio’s northern district of Parada de Lucas was made after officers arrived to investigate claims that trafficked Chinese workers were forced to live and work in slave-like conditions. Police found a cage in the back of the establishment where workers were incarcerated, and made to work 18 hours a day without pay. Public prosecutor Guadalupe Louro Couto said officers were shocked at what they found. He stated that he’d seen lots of bad things in his life time, but what he saw in that ‘meat’ pastry house was worse than everything he had ever witnessed. To start with, there was a cell, like a jail, with bars and padlock, set up inside the snack bar, where the workers were imprisoned. Apart from this, they lived with the stench of dead dogs, which were kept in the same room. He couldn’t stand it,  started to feel ill and asked to leave. When they started to open the polystyrene boxes, they saw the frozen dogs, they were perplexed. There were  so many violent various crimes being committed there.
Restaurants – common to all businesses watch their profit margins first and foremost. They buy competitively and as cost effectively where possible, in this case they kill right off the street to plumb up their volumes. When it comes to meat – all meat,  is derived from unsanitary conditions and is handled by so many bacteria laden hands, surfaces, and instruments, no matter which specie was brought to slaughter. The unsavoury rot on all carcass cannot be washed off under a tap as would dust from an apple. You must know that when you eat meat – you risk eating the unknown, you risk eating the dead,  you risk your health, and you risk further climate change. But most of all you put every animals life at risk .
If you say that you love animals, and you really mean what you say – you go vegan for them first and foremost before you take on any other action, going vegan for them is going to make all the difference to those whom you do not eat, to those whom you do not wear, and to all those whom you do not exploit, going vegan is going to make the difference to those who want to live –  all other nonviolent actions shall fall into their proper place thereafter.  Going vegan is easy.  It’s healthy for them, it’s healthy for you , and – it’s healthy for the environment.
Wishing all a ‘Happy Earth Day – every day.
 

What is veganism.

Vegan ethics. What is veganism – how can your actions benefit all sentient’s.

Being vegan is your statement in rejecting violence – violence to animals – violence to yourself, violence to the environment – on which we all depend.  When you consume violence – you are saying that violence is acceptable.  You are saying that violence to animals – violence to yourself, and violence to the environment is acceptable – therefore you become a part of violence.

Vegans reject eating violence –  vegans reject wearing violence, and they reject participating in any violence what so ever. This means that the consumption of all living beings –  the consumption of their ‘meat’, their dairy as well as their eggs is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed.  This also means that wearing animals is rejected no matter how ‘humanely’ they are killed.  Wearing leather, fur, wool and silk all come from violence inflicted upon living beings. Vegans do not participate in animal exploitation – this means that vegans reject animal status as ‘chattel property’ – animals are not yours  to do with as you please, they are not forms of entertainment, they are not breeding machines, they are not sex acts, they are not slaves.

Being vegan means that you protect all animals, their rights, the rights of others, and you honour the environment in which you live in – by eating and wearing nonviolence. Veganism embraces nonviolence holistically  by not discriminating against any member of the moral community  including all specie, all race and sexes.  Vegans do not discriminate against specie – that would be speciesism – speciesism  is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, antisemitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified.

One must be clear about the meaning of nonviolence – one must be clear in the message that nonviolence resonates, one must be clear on how your  actions of nonviolence effects all living beings positively.  When you embrace veganism – you advocate nonviolence, you become nonviolent  – you must be clear on educating others to do so.

Finally – going vegan and staying vegan is easy when you know how and you do it for morally just reasons – that of animal rights. When you act upon moral justification – everything else falls into place, when animals stop suffering –  they ease your pain, when you stop consuming violence – health releaves your body, you become clean spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. When you stop consuming violence, animals heal,  earth heals – your environment heals, people heal.

Veganism is the biggest movement in modern thinking  times.  Be clear about veganism – share it with the world so that everyone benefits now.  Veganism is about nonviolence. It is about not engaging in harm to other sentient beings, to oneself,  and to the environment upon which all beings depend for life. The animal rights movement is, at its core, a movement about ending violence to all sentient beings. It is a movement that seeks fundamental justice for all. It is an emerging peace movement that does not stop at the arbitrary line that separates humans from nonhumans. Changing a hierarchical paradigm of pervasive exploitation that has dominated for millennia requires a great deal of hard work. And that hard work requires clarity.

If you are not vegan, please consider going vegan. It’s a matter of nonviolence. Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.

~ Active Vegan ~

‘Game’ exploitation – another reason to go vegan.

Wildlife for sale – that is the site that this picture was copied from. To be clear all animals are exploited. Those without voices – innocent individuals shall always be exploited for as long as you allow them to be. In South Africa – massive shift from exploiting domesticated animals to exploiting wildlife has been on the rise for decades and gaining momentum –  demand for It from abroad and the rise in exploitive associations and stakeholders internally – including South Africa’s own Deputy has resulted in the wildlife crises that she and other countries face today –  focus has shifted primarily on how to make a quick ‘ching’ – ranchers, game hunters and agricultural farmers continue to punt their violent business to the media and onto the public.

Gullible followers are swooped up in the mass hysteria – as they themselves continue to violate animal rights – whether it be a dog, or a sheep, or a chicken or a fish, or a buck, or a child etc. – exploiting animals shall always continue whilst you yourself choose to consume and wear them. You can no longer rely on welfare organisations and business corporations, suits and ties, governments and scientific experimental labs to make those changes for you. Cruelty shall simply shift from one specie to another as it has done over millennia – taking full circle – getting absolutely no where fast. You and only you can make that change –  by refusing to be a part of animal exploitation – then educating others to do the same.

Ranchers, hunters etc. shall always drive exploitation to where the ‘ching’ is – whether it be cows, pigs, geese, buck, elephant, lions, rhino – it doesn’t really matter to them who they exploit – as long as it is lucrative business for them. These adrenalin junkies get away with shooting their bullets because they can – because you allow them to and because you support their follies – dwindling numbers of wildlife, increasing figures in hunting and poaching, spurring demand for horn and other body parts, increasing violence, disrupting volatile ecosystems, destruction of land – air – water, violating poor impoverished communities, punting slaughter facilities – taxidermists – butcheries, violating both human rights and rights that all animals ought to have. These are the demons in today’s world – in todays society – the very same people who continue to say that they fight for conservation, who say that they care, who say that they love animals, who say they care about animal welfare – they don’t – let’s all be honest – they only care about the ‘ching’ in their pockets – and you who continue to support them – care about your own palette pleasure. You can only say that you really care when you stop exploiting animals completely – until then you are part of a vicious circle encouraging the rise in violence. You are wasting your time fighting for lost cause until you go vegan – until the world goes vegan – wilfully and conscientiously choosing to live non-violently for them – for yourself – for future generations – for the planet.

http://www.fin24.com/Economy/SA-mulls-regulating-game-breeds-20150407

~ Active Vegan ~

More reasons to go vegan.

In China 7000 magnificent moon bears, their limbs torn off in traps are imprisoned for 26 years as a catheter drains bile into a bucket which the Chinese drink. 26 years the bears go insane.

In Korea dogs are beaten to death in the market place because the butchers believe that pain and suffering makes the meat taste.

In South Africa 5000 tamed orphaned lions are killed with guns, spears or torn apart and they call it sport.

In Canada 300 000 baby seal pups are clubbed and skinned alive on the ice – their tiny hearts still beating.

In Australia animals are sent on death ships to the middle east where their eyes are stabbed out and their tendons are slashed.

In Asia dogs are suspended on hooks and skinned alive for fur trim coats in the west.

We treat our oceans as our private pantry and as a public toilet.  The Pacific is now so full of junk and plastic and human feces – it has created a floating island bigger than India.

Dolphins and whales are stabbed to death in the shallows of Japan, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and huge bays are blood red.

Factory farms spew chemicals into the oceans creating hippoctic dead zones totalling one million square kilometres. Our oceans are so full of toxic acids – it’s killing coral, ocean animals and plants.

So called enviable dairy calves who cannot be sold for veal are killed by farther –  hitting them on the head with a hammer or jumping on their ribs and crushing their hearts.

Billions of bouncing little chicks are mechanically ground up in mincers simply because they are male.

Religious sacrifices around the world make the 21 st century look like the new dark ages.

Children around the world suffer and starve because their crop plants now produce meat for farmers.

The oceans are dying in our time. By 2048 all of our fisheries shall be dead – poisoned by the chemicals by the livestock industry. Trillions of fish are ground up into pellets to feed to livestock. Vegetarian cows are now the world largest ocean predators.

In human history only one hundred human beings have ever lived. Seven Billion humans live today and yet we humans torture and kill 2 billion sentient living beings every week.

10 000 species are wiped out every year because of the actions of one species and we are now facing the sixth mass extinction in cosmological history. If any other organism did this a biologist would call it a virus.

It is a crime of unimaginable proportions.

The world is crying out for only two things – leadership and the truth. Listen to the friends who tell you the truth – even if it hurts.

All it takes is for good people to do nothing. Doing nothing is no longer an option.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=356&v=ApeIUzKLkuo

A dog is a pig – is a bear – is a boy.

~ Active Vegan ~

Got the facts on milk?

For years we have understood that abstaining from red meat is an important way to avoid disease, and tread lighter on the planet. Growing research now shows that avoiding dairy products is just as key, after all, it does come from the same cow, and it certainly isn’t natural. 

Got the facts on milk? 

The Journal of the American Medical Association – Pediatrics published an editorial that might surprise you. The authors, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Walter Willett – both of whom are physicians and professors at the Harvard Medical School – strongly question the consumption of cows’ milk, even by children.

Quoting their article, “Dairy milk evolved to promote the growth of grazing animals at high risk for predation when small. The consequences of lifetime human exposure to the growth factors in milk have not been well studied. Milk consumption increases serum concentrations of insulin-like growth factor 1, an anabolic hormone linked to prostate and other cancers. In addition, modern industrial methods maintain dairy cows in active milk production throughout successive pregnancies, resulting in a milk supply with high levels of reproductive hormones.”

They cite a large body of research to support their claims. Adequate calcium, they point out, is easily obtained from other sources. They note that dairy consumption is not protective against bone fractures and that it is strongly correlated with prostate cancer. As Drs. Ludwig and Willett say, we’d do much better getting our nutrients from diets that include green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and adequate protein.

None of this is news. That this advice is appearing in one of the world’s preeminent pediatrics  journals highlights its importance.

Safeguarding personal health, of course, is not the only good reason to avoid dairy products.

Dairy cattle, like all cattle, are surprisingly heavy polluters.

Cows belch a lot of methane ¨C by most estimates 100 to 200 liters per day. Because methane is some 34 to 86 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (depending mostly on whether one counts its effects over 100 or 20 years, respectively), this adds up to a huge impact on the climate. In fact, when one does the arithmetic, this amounts to about the same global warming effect, per cow, as a car.

Cows also produce a lot of manure. According to the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food, better than 2 cubic feet of the stuff a day. Besides polluting our waterways and our drinking water, this manure is responsible for enormous amounts of ammonia pollution. Indeed, the majority of all ammonia pollution comes from cows. Much of this becomes nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, a gas which, at 300 times the effect of CO2, dwarfs even methane in its global warming potential molecule for molecule.

There is also indirect pollution involved in dairy production. Most important among those is the effects of corn and soy production. The great majority of corn and soy in North America and elsewhere is grown to feed animals. This is incredibly inefficient all around and cows are just about as inefficient as inefficient can be. According to Vaclav Smil’s careful analysis, some 95% of the protein taken in by cattle is lost to humans. We get only 5% of what we fed them back. This is made all the worse since it requires enormous amounts of fertilizers and pesticides to produce all of that corn and soy. Much of the fertilizer runs off into water ways and creates dead zones in lakes and bays and even the Gulf of Mexico.

All in all, dairy, like other animal agriculture, is highly polluting and highly wasteful. The fact is that dairy, like beef, is among the worst polluters, animal per animal, on earth.

And then, there’s the plight of the cattle themselves. Like humans, cows have to give birth in order to produce milk. So, the cows are artificially inseminated once each year. Nine months later, a calf is born. Almost always, 24 to 48 hours after that, the calf is taken away. This causes great emotional pain both for the mother and for her offspring. Former cattle rancher Helen Weston describes how the mothers react: “The cow is an exceptionally loving and gentle creature. She cries for days when her calf is taken from her. It is a pitiful sound, a pitiful sound.”

Female calves are usually allowed to live. She’ll be raised to be another dairy cow. If the calf is male, however, he may well be quickly killed. Or he may be raised for beef. More likely, though, he’ll be sent to a veal farm instead. At the veal farm, he’ll probably be fed an iron-deficient gruel so that the meat will be pale.  He’ll likely be chained by the neck in a tiny stall – with no room to walk or even turn. At 16 weeks of age, he will be sent to slaughter. The veal industry would not exist were it not for the ‘surplus’ (i. e., male) dairy calves.

Dairy cows are bred to produce unnatural amounts of milk. Annual milk production per cow has more than doubled since the 1940s. The cows routinely suffer calcium deficiencies and painful mastitis. And, while their natural lives would span some 25 years, they are sent to slaughter before their fifth birthday. They become hamburger and “processed” beef.

We don’t need dairy. It does a great deal more harm than good. So, eat like the doctors from Harvard suggest. Adopt a high quality diet filled with beans and grains and leafy greens and nuts and seeds. Your body will be better off. The world will be better off. And fewer cows will suffer so.

~ Active Vegan ~

World Wildlife Day and going vegan.

It’s time to get serious about Wildlife crime. What has the significance of going vegan, have anything to do with stopping wildlife crime you may ask? Everything is your answer. 

There are several strong parallel links between the two, going vegan will strongly benefit all wildlife, both fauna and flora, and save millions of specie from extinction. Survival of wildlife compliments all ecosystems, which in turn is of paramount and pivotal importance to us.

World Wildlife Day, March 3 – a day which both celebrates the intrinsic value of wild fauna and flora and acts as a reminder of the urgent need to tackle wildlife and forest crime. Join us in the lead up to this important day and use your voice to tell the world that it’s time to take a stand against organized wildlife crime before it’s too late.

Sure we can curse about wildlife crime all that we want, we can march, we can sign petitions, we can scream and shout, and we can become completely embroiled with absolute bitter anger but, how effective is this going to be with growing populations, poverty rise, world hunger and demand for crime?  None of that is going to matter enough to change the annual exhilarated wildlife crime stats. Why not? Because the demand is still there and it’s on the rise. So the solutions has to be looked at and tackled from all and alternative perspectives, a bigger picture. Don’t underestimate the power, the benefits and the differences that going vegan will have on saving wildlife!

We do agree that the fight must go on, and that we are making small differences here and there however, lets make the ultimate difference demanding change at a faster speed. Going vegan is not a sacrifice. All it means is living ones life ethically. Let’s view the bigger picture, embrace the entire effect, and let’s take real meaningful action, educate others, and show and live out our daily lives as though we really mean it and do care, by changing our own lives first, in support of wildlife. Small differences are not enough as they just get swallowed up by ever growing communities. Big differences count the most, are most effective and, when 7 billion people embrace veganism, the demand for violence, and the utter destruction of wildlife witnessed today, shall be an embarrassing closed chapter of the past, a black book locked away safely for all of eternity. A learnt mistake.

There would be no such thing as wildlife crime because there would be no demand for it! 

There would be no demand for trinkets and other left over bone matter, skin, and embalmed dead animals haunting ones walls, shelves and cabinets. There would be no demand for the consumption of unhealthy, decaying flesh tortured on land and violently hauled from our waters, and stolen from the skies. There would be no demand for land, water and air degradation and pollution, destroying the chances of wildlife survival today. There would be no demand for zoos, circuses, aquariums and other forms of vile entertainment which sees so much violence, disrespect, suffering, and disregard to the lives of those stolen from the wild. There would be no demand for poachers, hunters and other criminals and sadists who candidly take the lives of the innocent simply because they can, further fuelling wildlife crime. There would be no demand for jackets, hats, gloves, shoes, belts, bags and purses, and all other ‘accessories’ made from the skins of stolen, captured and tortured wildlife. There would be no demand for pets who are ripped from their homes, their families, their environments. There would be no demand for wildlife trade. There would be no demand for slavery.

Change starts in our own homes.

You see when we change, our mindset and demand changes. When the demand is no longer there, attitudes change, the agenda of corporations change as they follow the money, and the law adopts a new and positive approach because we demand it. We demand a refreshing, new, positive outlook on life. Illegal syndicates will die and die they must. Poachers will look for other forms of income. Fashion houses will create, incorporate, and make use of other more greener, world and wildlife friendly options by demand. Slaughter facilities will disappear leaving the world with cleaner pockets of natural forests, cleaner water and cleaner air for wildlife survival. Greedy corporations wouldn’t dare step out of line. Everyone’s agenda would change dramatically by demand but, only when we ourselves want it badly enough to make the change, and take the lead. So take an ethical stand on Wildlife Day, make a real difference for wildlife by changing your mindset, and become a part of the biggest growing movement today by those who show that they really do care in their everyday actions, in the way that you live, in how you think, in what you wear, and in what you eat, and in whom you choose to support, and in how serious you truly are about change. The choice is yours, the clock is ticking. World Wildlife Day Everyday!

Thank you .

~ Active Vegan ~