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Welcome to animals, nature, veganism. We are raised in a society where animal captivity, exploitation and cruelty are normalized to the point where most do not question the morality or injustice of it all.

Through no fault of our own, we are (often) raised contributing to animal injustice and to believe that it is ‘normal’ to participate in acts such as consuming animal products or visiting captive wildlife - which should not to be confused with ‘common’, as it is by percentage ‘common’ to participate in anti-animal acts, but it is by no means normal.

In the words of Optimus Prime, freedom is the right of all sentient beings.

Note: every post I make is always categorised to either 'animals', 'nature' or 'veganism'. Feel free to search the tags for your topic of interest.

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Jul 24 '14

Anonymous asked:

Thoughts on the WWF?

fightingforanimals:

The World Wildlife Fund supports hunting and animal testing, so I don’t support them. WWF have been actively pressuring government agencies in the U.S., Europe, and Canada to increase the amount of testing that they require for pesticides and other chemicals. The result of the WWFs lobbying has been the establishment of what threaten to be the largest animal-testing programs of all time.

As one would expect of an organization founded by trophy hunters, the WWF does not oppose killing animals for sport. The WWF believes that culling (read killing) elephants and seals is OK, it supports the slaughter of whales by native tribes, and it refuses to speak out against steel-jaw leghold traps.

I despise them. And it pains me that so many good, well-meaning people support them blindly. Here are some of their disgusting policies:

Animal Testing

The WWF was the driving force in pressuring the U.S. Congress to legislate the screening of chemicals for “endocrine (hormone) disrupting” effects and has subsequently been heavily involved in establishing the framework for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) massive chemical-testing program now under development. As its Web site points out: “WWF invested substantial resources in the EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee,” which “agreed upon a set of tests to form the foundation for the screening and testing program.” What the WWF neglects to mention, however, is that 10 of the 15 recommended screens and tests are animal-poisoning studies, some of which kill hundreds or thousands of animals at a time. According to scientific estimates, the WWF-backed endocrine testing program will kill up to 1.2 million animals for every 1,000 chemicals tested, and with the EPA currently proposing to retest many tens of thousands of chemicals under this program, the toll in animal suffering and death could be staggering. The WWF is also pressuring government agencies in Europe to embark on a similar animal-testing program. 

Unfortunately, the “endocrine disruptor” issue is not an isolated example. The WWF has been a major force in pressuring the European Union to amend its Chemicals Policy to require companies to test and retest as many as 30,000 new and existing chemicals. The British Institute for Environmental Health has estimated that this process could kill upwards of 45 million animals if the standard battery of animal-poisoning tests is used. The WWF’s U.S. and Canadian offices are also calling for more testing of pesticides, despite the fact that more than 9,000 animals are already killed for every pesticide on the market. In particular, the WWF has called for certain pesticides to be tested for “developmental neurotoxicity” (DNT) using a test that kills upwards of 1,300 animals each time it is conducted. This test has been heavily criticized by scientists, including the EPA’s own Scientific Advisory Panel, which concluded that “the exposure of rat fetus/pups was not shown to be equivalent to human fetus/infant during equivalent stages of brain development” and that “the current form of the DNT guideline is not a sensitive indicator of toxicity to the offspring.” In other words, the WWF is calling for thousands of animals to be killed in a test that scientists admit is not relevant to humans!

Sealing

According to the Web site of the WWF’s Canadian office, “WWF is not an animal welfare organization. We support the hunting and consumption of wild animals provided the harvesting does not threaten the long-term survival of wildlife populations. WWF has never opposed a sustainable seal hunt in northern or eastern Canada.” However, despite the WWF’s portrayal of the situation, the Canadian seal hunt is anything but a “subsistence” hunt––it is the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Quotas established by the Canadian government have soared to an all-time high: 350,000 seals per year for the next three years. Not since the mid-1800s, when unrestricted slaughter saw a million seals per year killed, has so much blood been shed on the ice off Canada’s East Coast. 
Worse is that the Canadian government has stated in internal documents that having the WWF’s support for any raise in seal quotas is important, and the WWF’s position statement suggests that it had been working with the Canadian government before the quota was announced. In other words, the WWF had the power to help avert the largest quota of harp seal pups in history but chose, instead, to let it happen without so much as a word of opposition.

Whaling

While the WWF states that it opposes “commercial whaling,” it does support the slaughter of whales by native tribes and under some other conditions. When asked directly about its policy, WWF is vague, stating: “WWF’s views on whether sustainable whaling should be permitted derive from its mission ‘to conserve nature and ecological processes and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.’” In the past, WWF officials have clearly stated that “WWF International has the national WWF organizations behind it in the view that as soon as one can ensure a sustainable commercial harvest of the great whales under secure international control, then whaling will no longer be a WWF concern.”

Sport Hunting

As one would expect of an organization founded by hunters, the WWF does not oppose the slaughter of animals with guns and other weapons for sport. Rather than working to stop the killing, the WWF believes that hunting should be regulated, arguing that wealthy trophy hunters can bring income to poorer nations. The WWF claims that it has no power to stop hunting, stating, “The decision to allow trophy hunting is a sovereign one made entirely by the governments concerned. … We will continue to monitor governments’ enforcement of important trade laws to ensure that trophy hunting is done within the legal standards of that area.”

Elephants

The WWF believes that culling—another way of saying “killing”—elephants is acceptable, as is the trade in ivory, because the profits that it brings spur governments to keep elephants from going extinct. In 2000, U.S. News & World Report reported that WWF representatives traveled to Nairobi to ask the United Nations to lift the ban on the ivory trade in order to allow a “sustainable harvest of ivory for horns and hunting trophies.”

The WWF’s bizarre view—that we must kill some animals now in order to save animals to kill later—has proved false time and again. The trade in ivory has only encouraged rampant poaching, the senseless slaughter of elephants. The WWF tries to duck the issue by falsely stating, “The decision to cull, or to select animals from the herd for removal or death, is indeed an agonizing choice, but it is one made entirely by the governments concerned and there is no international involvement in those decisions.”

Trapping

As with hunting and whaling, the WWF refuses to condemn the massive killing of animals with steel-jaw leghold traps. While calling itself a “preservationist” organization that “seek[s] to be the voice for those creatures who have no voice,” the WWF stands back from the issue, stating that “the trade in furs, skins, and other products of animals that are not endangered isn’t the focus of our campaign.” 
But no matter how hard the WWF tries to “greenwash” its support of animal slaughter, its real message rings out loud and clear: Animals are ours to hunt, trap, kill, poison, and use as we see fit. And although appeals to preserve genetic diversity, ecosystems, and the planet sound good on paper, they mean little if what the WWF is really advocating is more efficient killing fields.

Wolf Hunting

Despite an ongoing international tourist boycott that was called in response to the wolf “control” program in Alaska, in which at least 100 wolves have been shot as of March 2004, the WWF is promoting several trips to Alaska throughout June, July, and August 2004 as part of “WWF Travel,” an “ecotourism” program. When asked why the WWF was sending its members to Alaska, effectively undermining efforts to save wolves in the state, the WWF travel desk representative stated that the WWF did not consider the matter of wolf-killing a priority.

Jul 22 '14

Anonymous asked:

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian.

plant-strong:

Except that he almost definitely wasn’t. And Einstein was. And Newton was. And Da Vinci was.

And if he had been, so what? Hitler wore socks. Are we to say that all people who wear socks are Hitler? He had a dog. Are all dog owners Hitler? He liked to paint. Are all painters Hitler?

Meanwhile, Pol Pot ate meat. Genghis Khan ate meat. Stalin ate meat. I’m assuming you’re willing to draw comparisons between yourself and these people, yes?

Try harder, buddy.

Jul 21 '14

Anonymous asked:

What are some ingredients/chemicals I should avoid?

adviceforvegans:

List of things to avoid as a vegan :)

Jul 21 '14

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Jul 21 '14

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Jul 19 '14
art-and-anarchism:

Tale of two cows… The veg anarchist version

art-and-anarchism:

Tale of two cows… The veg anarchist version

Jul 19 '14

voicesofthedistantsea:

When SeaWorld says a thing that we all know ain’t true
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Jul 14 '14

Enchanted River - Phillipines 
 Enchanted River is found in the Phillipines. It is called “enchanted” because no one has ever reached its bottom. Many people, including scuba divers have tried reaching for the bottom but have failed, hence the legend of its bottomless pit. Moreover, locals share that NOBODY has been successful in catching the fish in this river, whether by hand or by spear.  They say its bluish color is a result of its depth and the water clarity changes throughout the day. At around 12:00pm, the water becomes clearer and even more majestic.”

Enchanted River - Phillipines


Enchanted River is found in the Phillipines. It is called “enchanted” because no one has ever reached its bottom. Many people, including scuba divers have tried reaching for the bottom but have failed, hence the legend of its bottomless pit. Moreover, locals share that NOBODY has been successful in catching the fish in this river, whether by hand or by spear.
They say its bluish color is a result of its depth and the water clarity changes throughout the day. At around 12:00pm, the water becomes clearer and even more majestic.”

(Source: sumpunkkidwithtattoos)

Jul 14 '14
allthingsprimate:

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (Dorset, UK)
Just under a week ago I was fortunate enough to go on my third ever visit to primate rescue centre Monkey World, located in south-west England and home to over 240 primates. I have been meaning to write up a post about it here for a while now because quite frankly the place is just brilliant, both simply as a day out and as a centre for primate rescue, rehabilitation and conservation.
It is home to a variety of primates rescued from a range of backgrounds including the pet trade, usage as photographers’ props and laboratory testing. Needless to say many of these animals have suffered appalling levels of cruelty and neglect, and belong to species which are becoming increasingly endangered in the wild. Where Monkey World comes in however is to provide a refuge for these primates to live in a safe but stimulating environment where they can also act as ambassadors for the conservation of their species.
Although of course the primates’ physical, social and psychological needs are the priority, I love how the centre strikes a balance between their interests and those of their human visitors. The primate care staff are clearly incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the animals in their care, providing them with lots of love and enrichment whilst also finding time to deliver fascinating and entertaining talks to visitors.
During my visit I listened to talks about the complex politics of chimps (Monkey World being home to the largest group of chimpanzees outside Africa); the difficulties of looking after a breeding population of Wooly monkeys; how one of their gibbons learnt that it was highly amusing to pee on the visitors, and about the strong bond between one of the primate care staff (himself from Borneo) and the group of orangutans (who, incidentally, enjoy being sprayed with baby oil in the absence of the natural humidity of their rainforest home). 
They are also closely linked to the Endangered Asian Species Trust and contribute to the running of the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre in Cat Tien National Park, Southern Vietnam.
Overall the  centre does some incredibly work and if you are able to visit I would strongly recommend it. All the information about the centre and its inhabitants can be found on its website where it is also possible to adopt any of the primates in its care.  

allthingsprimate:

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre (Dorset, UK)

Just under a week ago I was fortunate enough to go on my third ever visit to primate rescue centre Monkey World, located in south-west England and home to over 240 primates. I have been meaning to write up a post about it here for a while now because quite frankly the place is just brilliant, both simply as a day out and as a centre for primate rescue, rehabilitation and conservation.

It is home to a variety of primates rescued from a range of backgrounds including the pet trade, usage as photographers’ props and laboratory testing. Needless to say many of these animals have suffered appalling levels of cruelty and neglect, and belong to species which are becoming increasingly endangered in the wild. Where Monkey World comes in however is to provide a refuge for these primates to live in a safe but stimulating environment where they can also act as ambassadors for the conservation of their species.

Although of course the primates’ physical, social and psychological needs are the priority, I love how the centre strikes a balance between their interests and those of their human visitors. The primate care staff are clearly incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the animals in their care, providing them with lots of love and enrichment whilst also finding time to deliver fascinating and entertaining talks to visitors.

During my visit I listened to talks about the complex politics of chimps (Monkey World being home to the largest group of chimpanzees outside Africa); the difficulties of looking after a breeding population of Wooly monkeys; how one of their gibbons learnt that it was highly amusing to pee on the visitors, and about the strong bond between one of the primate care staff (himself from Borneo) and the group of orangutans (who, incidentally, enjoy being sprayed with baby oil in the absence of the natural humidity of their rainforest home). 

They are also closely linked to the Endangered Asian Species Trust and contribute to the running of the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre in Cat Tien National Park, Southern Vietnam.

Overall the  centre does some incredibly work and if you are able to visit I would strongly recommend it. All the information about the centre and its inhabitants can be found on its website where it is also possible to adopt any of the primates in its care.  

Jul 12 '14

skunkbear:

Here’s an Otocolobus manulnature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.

O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.

You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!

You can see the whole video — posted Scarce Worldwidehere.

Jul 12 '14
scienceandstuff:

Why whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change

A new scientific report from the University of Vermont, which gathers together several decades of research, shows that the great whales which nearly became extinct in the 20th century – and are now recovering in number due to the 1983 ban on whaling – may be the enablers of massive carbon sinks via their prodigious production of faeces.

Not only do the nutrients in whale poo feed other organisms, from phytoplankton upwards – and thereby absorb the carbon we humans are pumping into the atmosphere – even in death the sinking bodies of these massive animals create new resources on the sea bed, where entire species exist solely to graze on rotting whale. There’s an additional and direct benefit for humans, too. Contrary to the suspicions of fishermen that whales take their catch, cetacean recovery could “lead to higher rates of productivity in locations where whales aggregate to feed and give birth”. Their fertilizing faeces here, too, would encourage phytoplankton which in turn would encourage healthier fisheries.
(Read more…)

scienceandstuff:

Why whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change

new scientific report from the University of Vermont, which gathers together several decades of research, shows that the great whales which nearly became extinct in the 20th century – and are now recovering in number due to the 1983 ban on whaling – may be the enablers of massive carbon sinks via their prodigious production of faeces.

Not only do the nutrients in whale poo feed other organisms, from phytoplankton upwards – and thereby absorb the carbon we humans are pumping into the atmosphere – even in death the sinking bodies of these massive animals create new resources on the sea bed, where entire species exist solely to graze on rotting whale. There’s an additional and direct benefit for humans, too. Contrary to the suspicions of fishermen that whales take their catch, cetacean recovery could “lead to higher rates of productivity in locations where whales aggregate to feed and give birth”. Their fertilizing faeces here, too, would encourage phytoplankton which in turn would encourage healthier fisheries.

(Read more…)

Jul 11 '14
be-their-sound:

ninjafirefox:

nowyoukno:

Source for more facts follow NowYouKno

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!
these tigers are not a separate breed! One was found in a litter and they have since been inbred to extremes to attract tourists. Inbreeding causes genetic defects that can sometimes be life threatening, all for money.
http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/
Hey Betheirsound, can you back me up?

I sure can.
This is a genetic mutation, not a species of animal. Most tigers with this mutation are Bengal (or Bengal hybrids with Amur ancestry), and all are captive. I repeat, this is NOT an endangered species, it is a rare gene. Animals may carry the gene but not express it, and there have been cases of Bengal tigers in the wild exhibiting this mutation, although none recently. 
“Though golden tabby tigers are not deliberately bred for by conservation-minded zoos, they have joined the white tiger in becoming popular for use in stage shows and similar events. A few private breeders are attempting to produce golden tabby tigers alongside white tigers to meet.”
No one should be focused on breeding for a genetic mutation. All breeding efforts should be for conservation with intent to release. 
nowyoukno constantly posts things that are misleading or downright incorrect. Always fact check their posts, and let them know if you see something amiss. They may not have intended to imply these animals needed protection, or that they were a species. However they should’ve been more clear.

be-their-sound:

ninjafirefox:

nowyoukno:

Source for more facts follow NowYouKno

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!

these tigers are not a separate breed! One was found in a litter and they have since been inbred to extremes to attract tourists. Inbreeding causes genetic defects that can sometimes be life threatening, all for money.

http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/

Hey Betheirsound, can you back me up?

I sure can.

This is a genetic mutation, not a species of animal. Most tigers with this mutation are Bengal (or Bengal hybrids with Amur ancestry), and all are captive. I repeat, this is NOT an endangered species, it is a rare gene. Animals may carry the gene but not express it, and there have been cases of Bengal tigers in the wild exhibiting this mutation, although none recently. 

Though golden tabby tigers are not deliberately bred for by conservation-minded zoos, they have joined the white tiger in becoming popular for use in stage shows and similar events. A few private breeders are attempting to produce golden tabby tigers alongside white tigers to meet.”

No one should be focused on breeding for a genetic mutation. All breeding efforts should be for conservation with intent to release. 

nowyoukno constantly posts things that are misleading or downright incorrect. Always fact check their posts, and let them know if you see something amiss. They may not have intended to imply these animals needed protection, or that they were a species. However they should’ve been more clear.

Jul 11 '14

hannahforhope:

huffingtonpost:

This Gertjie, the orphaned baby rhino, is scared to sleep alone at night after his mother was killed by poachers. Learn about this cuties tragic story here.

#rhino #animalrights #poaching