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Our Beloved Animals

This is the most difficult and heart-wrenching subject I have researched. The videos are very graphic, but I urge you to see that the problem is very real. We CAN make a difference; and we HAVE to. There are some links here and much more information on the web.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Pure Water Gazette says "It is time that people of good faith stop deluding ourselves with the self-serving nonsense about having "dominion" over animals. We may claim "dominion" over our children; yet we do not assume the right to lop off parts of their bodies to suit our convenience, dissect them, fry them, or imprison them for weeks in cages so narrow they can't lie down. We must also rid ourselves of the great falsehood that Descartes imposed upon us. It has clouded our thinking since his time. The notion that animals--except humans, of course--are merely instinct-driven machines that have no feelings. Anyone who has heard the heart-rending bawling of cows whose young are being trucked away to slaughter knows in his heart that Descartes was fool on this matter."

Our Farm Animals
Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions.

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Factory Farming
This was a video I made for my Government class showing the living conditions for animals in Factory Farms. The song is Open your Eyes by Guano ApesEdit: Okay. Before commenting like an idiot abou...
These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers, pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system and contribute significantly to global warming.

A few of the practices employed by factory farms are:

  • The preemptive, constant feeding of antibiotics to prevent disease. Humans consuming dairy and meat products from factory farms may develop immunities to antibiotics and thus lose the ability to fight certain strains of bacteria.
  • Tightly controlled light cycles to simulate longer or shorter days. This confuses an animal's body and forces an unnatural growth response.
  • Altering animals' bodies to prevent them from acting out on the aggression and anxiety caused by living in such extreme confinement.
  • Forcing breeding animals to reproduce at unnaturally accelerated rates, causing them exhaustion, stress and early deaths.
  • Rough transportation of livestock to slaughterhouses, after which sick or injured animals who fell or died on the way (referred to as "downers") are forced onto slaughter trucks―often with a bulldozer.

Confining so many animals in one place produces much more waste than the surrounding land can handle. As a result, factory farms are associated with various environmental hazards, such as water, land and air pollution―and people who live in close proximity to factory farms often complain of high incidents of illness.

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Meet Your Meat
This video may show disturbing contents so please be advised. "Meet Your Meat" shows how animals are treated in slaughterhouses for meat. I am not asking you to be a vegetarian but to understand what ...

Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation
and its moral progress can be judged by the
way its animals are treated.”

Our Bossie
Not only has our food changes drastically in the past 50 years, but so has our treatment of animals. Cows were once raised on ranches, roaming and grazing on various grasses.
 
With the advent of fast food restaurants, hamburgers became so popular that a greater supply of beef was needed to keep up with the demand. Cattle now live the majority of their lives in massive feedlots across the plains, tens of thousands crammed together, wading in their own feces. A single cow “deposits about fifty pounds of manure every day” and its hide is usually covered in it. Because of their unsanitary living arrangements, many cattle pass diseases and viruses to each other, infecting thousands. Cattle are also slaughtered and butchered into their various cuts at such accelerated speeds, that many times their colons and stomachs are accidentally slit by the workers, spilling feces and remains from their stomachs onto the meat. “In the USDA study 78.6 percent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal matter.” It's no wonder you can get sick eating a burger because Schlosser states “...There is shit in the meat.”
 
The cattle's normal diet of grass has now been replaced with corn, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Feeding cattle corn has changed the cow's harmless E. coli bacteria in their stomachs to mutate and evolve into a new and deadly strain for humans called E. coli 0157:H7.  In the past, human stomachs could kill the E. coli before it did any damage in the colon and affected the rest of the body, but the corn diet has changed the E. coli to become acid-resistant. The E. coli 0157:H7 can lead to diarrhea, kidney failure for kids, hemolytic uremic syndrome, or death. This new strain is also passed through the fecal matter of the cattle, so that if one has it, the rest will also get it as they wade in each others manure.  “Since an outbreak at the Jack in the Box restaurant in 1993, E. coli 0157:H7 is responsible for making ill 500,000 Americans and most of them children; hospitalizing thousands, and killing hundreds.”
 
Bossie's Revenge
Our sins against Bossie are many. The perfect model of passive resistance to evil, Bossie patiently chews her cud, as we dig our graves with our teeth. Bossie does not get mad. She gets even. Heart disease, cancers, kidney stones, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma--all merely symptoms of "Bossie's Revenge."
 
Thomas Jefferson said: "I tremble for my species when I reflect that God is just."
 
Animal Experimentation
Animal experimentation is not just unbelievably barbaric and unforgivably cruel but also worthless, wasteful, inaccurate and dangerously misleading.

The cruelty is indefensible. In a desperate attempt to justify their evil practices many researchers still claim that what they do helps save human lives. They are lying, the callous self-interest of researchers leads directly to the development and marketing of unsafe drugs and medical practices. The truth is that animal experiments kill people and animal researchers are responsible for the deaths of thousands of men, women and children every year; they are also directly responsible for a massive amount of human suffering.

A future, more enlightened world will see animal experimentation as one of the more obscene and inexplicable practices of our age; it is our equivalent of slavery and cruel colonialism and those who fail to condemn it loudly will be branded as being as guilty as the vivisectors themselves by tomorrow's generations.

An estimated 17 and 22 million animals in America are experimented on per year, while the cosmetics industry uses another million or so. Altogether the total number of animals used around the world is probably somewhere in the region of 250 million.


Or, to put the figures in a slightly more practical way, animal experimenters use around 100,000 - 125,000 animals an hour!

The largest portion of the money that is spent by industry on animal experiments comes from drug companies and cosmetic companies; together they spend a fortune on testing and investigating new ingredients and potential new products. But the involvement of industry is not limited to these two areas; companies which make products as varied as food additives, industrial and agricultural chemicals and household cleansers all do an enormous amount of testing on animals too.
Surprisingly charities are the third major source of money for animal experiments. Funded by millions of small, individual donations from people who are attracted by promises to conquer disease and find 'wonder cures'.

To list all the cruelties would take a book:

  • Animals have body parts removed (eyes, legs, ears)
  • Shocked electrically
  • Purposely given cancer and other diseases
  • Forced vomiting
  • Shaken and beaten
  • Surgically and unnaturally altered
  • Scalded with water and chemicals
  • Given drug overdoses
  • Organs transplanted and so many other inhumane tortures.

They languish in pain, ache with loneliness and long to roam free and use their minds. Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The stress, sterility and boredom causes some animals to develop neurotic behaviors such incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth and even pulling out their own hair and biting their own skin.  They shake and cower in fear whenever someone walks past their cages and their blood pressure spikes drastically. After enduring lives of pain, loneliness and terror, almost all of them will be killed.

If you want to know what experiments are being conducted at universities or other institutions near to where you live just get in touch with your nearest antivivisection society.

We have made strides in the defense of animals, and if a normal citizen performed any of these experiments they would be locked up! Most (if not all) of these experiments were conducted on your behalf and with your money.

Each of us can help save animals from suffering and death in experiments by demanding that our alma maters stop experimenting on animals, by buying cruelty-free products, by donating only to charities that don't experiment on animals, by requesting alternatives to animal dissection and by demanding the immediate implementation of humane, effective non-animal tests by government agencies and corporations.

Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is:  "Because the animals are like us."  Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is:  "Because the animals are not like us."  Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.  ~Charles R. Magel

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Testing 1...2...3.
PETA's edgy video "Testing ... One, Two, Three" sheds a fresh light on the cruelty, injustice, and inaccuracy of animal experimentation. Watch the video and find out ways that you can help fight abuse...

Our Pets and Wildlife
Across the world are barbaric practices of dogfighting and cockfighting; abusive puppy mills where dogs are treated not like family but like production machines; inhumane and unsporting hunting practices such as "canned hunts" of captive exotic animals; the slaughter of American horses for export to foreign countries where horsemeat is considered a delicacy; and the clubbing of baby seals and other animals for the commercial fur trade.

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Canada's Baby Seal Slaughter
Canada allowed hunters to kill more than 300,000 baby seals this year—one of the largest quotas in history. Watch now to find out how to stop this.

Abraham Lincoln said: "I do not care much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

You don’t have to be a cop, a lawyer or a judge to fight animal cruelty. All you need is the courage to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We need to celebrate our pets, wildlife and farm animals. What they provide for us is far greater than what we give in return. I think the golden rule applies to humans and animals alike.

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 Resources

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by our founder, Henry Bergh, in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other "pests" as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.


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