"Post a disturbing video, watch it, feel depressed, and then remember that there are caring souls out there. There are people who make a difference, like all of you who share your energy and support with us. There are happy moments!"
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Nobody loves dairy products more than me. Whipped cream, ice cream, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, chocolate milk, yogurt - you name it, I probably crave it right now. But we have to face facts. Whenever we consume dairy products, we perpetuate suffering. Sometimes, this is easy to forget. Meat is easy to give up, but dairy is much more difficult.
reveals baby calves chained inside 2-feet wide wooden stalls – so narrow they cannot turn around, walk, run, play, socialize with other animals, or engage in other basic natural behaviors. In such tight confinement, the animals are unable to lie down comfortably, breathe fresh air, see sunlight, clean themselves or bond with their mothers.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Americans were shocked to learn about a cat named Navarro who was narrowly saved from being eaten in New York state. Police stopped 51-year-old Gary Korkuc of Cheektowaga, New York, and found a beautiful black and white cat in the car's trunk marinated in oil, crushed red peppers, chili peppers and salt. Korkuc was planning to devour the poor cat. Korkuc told the police he planned to eat the cat because it had been "mean" to him. (He later denied plans to eat the cat, telling a local radio station "that's conjecture and that's an assumption.") Navarro is pictured here on the right. (Source)
Monday, August 9, 2010
In late July, an incident occurred at the California State Fair in Sacramento that sparked public outrage. A pregnant cow who was supposed to give birth at the fair escaped from a birthing stall and charged through the midway. It was beautiful a Tuesday morning, July 27, and the fair had not yet opened for the day when she got free. The place was still relatively quiet as fair grounds staff were setting up concession booths for the day. The cow charged across the fairgrounds with authorities in hot pursuit. There were several conflicting accounts of the event (go to YouTube and search under "cow shot at California State Fair" to see the many televised news reports). According to some reports, the police and fair authorities tried to tranquilize the cow, but they said the tranquilizers would take a half hour to kick in. Another report said the tranquilizer gun wasn't working.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
If you can spare two minutes and 17 seconds, watch this terrific Humane Society of the United States video about veal and baby calves.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Ever since I first heard it on the radio back in 1984, I've loved Talk Talk's song It's My Life. It's an extraordinary song with an amazing sound - rich, vibrant, brimming with positive energy. Back in the days when MTV actually played music videos, they frequently aired the video to It's My Life. Even then, years and years before I became a vegan, I recognized the video as a deeply touching celebration of animals and their lives. Today, 26 years later, It's My Life can still be heard frequently on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio, and thanks to YouTube, the video is available for anyone to watch anytime. I have posted it here because I love the song and the video so much. Even if you have already seen it, please watch it again. I am sure you will agree that this video is a moving celebration of animal life.
The ducks and geese flapped their wings and stretched their necks skyward as though willing it to rain even harder during a recent visit to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Willow, N.Y. Away in the distance, the goats and sheep were not as appreciative and made a mad dash toward the open barn. And, completely oblivious to the storm, four large pigs lay fast asleep in a thick bed of straw. They didn’t even blink as chickens pecked at the bedding right beside their faces.
Surrounded by the Catskills Mountains, this farm provides refuge for cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep and goats that have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment. For the hundreds of families who pass through its gates every year, the sanctuary provides not only a relaxing and peaceful environment but an opportunity to learn about the harsh life for many animals in the factory farming industry.
Farm sanctuary guides tell visitors that childhood images of happy animals living on sunny, idyllic farms – like those at the sanctuary – couldn’t be further from reality. The truth is that "virtually all animals who are raised for food – or their products – live miserable lives in intensive confinement in dark, overcrowded facilities called factory farms. These operations emphasize high volume and profit with little regard for the environment or humane treatment of animals."
Bringing your family to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is a powerful step in a positive direction, says Farm Communications Director Rebecca Moore
"My generation did not get to have any interaction with the animals that were put on our plates," says Moore. "The few times I did (at a zoo or fair), what I could see with my own eyes did not mesh with what I was being told. The animals were in poor environments without much attention to their needs. Their depression or distress was palpable and I always left those places feeling troubled."
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary is the wave of the future, says Moore. She sees a new generation of families passing through the gates, a generation who wants their children to be better informed than they were. Visitors are encouraged to enter the pastures and stalls and visit with the animals. The pigs enjoy belly rubs, the sheep look forward to head scratches and many of the chickens like to be hugged.
"In books and at school we teach our children to love animals as a way to teach them gentleness and kindness. However, what is most often being done to animals to get them onto our plates is the opposite of that lesson, and that makes no sense," says Moore.