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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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Aug 11 '14
vegan-animallover:

griseus:

ORCA MOTHER PUSHING ITS DEAD CALF

this young female orca carry her dead calf in her jaws for a week before she releases it to express her grieving. There is a 40% mortality rate amongst setchean (mammals) in Norway.
Pollution that the plankton eat, which the orca feed on, comes out through the mothers milk, leading to poisoning of the calf from the ingestion of the milk.

Photo by AMOS photography

:(

vegan-animallover:

griseus:

ORCA MOTHER PUSHING ITS DEAD CALF

this young female orca carry her dead calf in her jaws for a week before she releases it to express her grieving. There is a 40% mortality rate amongst setchean (mammals) in Norway.

Pollution that the plankton eat, which the orca feed on, comes out through the mothers milk, leading to poisoning of the calf from the ingestion of the milk.

:(

Aug 11 '14
Aug 9 '14
  • Meat eater: what about the people who pick YOUR vegetables?
  • Vegan: Wait, what do you mean MY vegetables? don't you eat vegetables as well? What are you doing for these peoples rights other than using their struggles as a convenient "gotcha card" in attempts to silence vegans from talking about non human oppression? anything? And I'm guessing since you care so much about migrant workers in poor conditions, you are doing everything in your power to fight for those working in slaughterhouses and meat packing facilities since they are known to be one of the most dangerous and unsafe work places in the entire world, yes?
  • Meat eater: Well...
  • Vegan: Don't you think you should spend a little less time trying to belittle the efforts of people who are genuinely trying to cause the least amount of damage to animals, the environment and humans, and spend more time trying to make an effort of your own?
  • Meat eater: um, I mean...
  • Meat eater: bacon lol
Aug 7 '14
humanelongisland:

HumaneLongIsland.Tumblr.com

humanelongisland:

HumaneLongIsland.Tumblr.com

Aug 7 '14

Anonymous asked:

I am becoming a vegetarian. I like fishing because I find it nice just being able to sit and enjoy the sounds of nature, also it's exciting when you finally get a bite! But I don't like the fact the in order to catch the fish you have to yank a hook into their mouth :( Also I always put the fish back into their home. My question is what is your opinion on fishing for sport and recreation?

vegan-animallover:

vegan-nature:

I don’t support it at all!!

Catch and release fishing is cruelty disguised as “sport.” Studies show that fish who are caught and then returned to the water suffer such severe physiological stress that they often die of shock. When fish are handled, the protective coating on their bodies is disturbed. These and other injuries make fish easy targets for predators once they are returned to the water.

Fish feel pain because, like all animals, they have nerves. Hooked fish struggle out of fear and physical pain, desperate to breathe. Even though fish don’t have the same brain structures that humans do—fish do not have a neocortex, for example Dr. Ian Duncan reminds us that we “have to look at behaviour and physiology,” not just anatomy. “It’s possible for a brain to evolve in different ways,” he says. “That’s what is happening in the fish line. It’s evolved in some other ways in other parts of the brain to receive pain.”

Once fish are hauled out of their aqueous environment and into ours, they begin to suffocate, and their gills often collapse. In commercial fishing, fish’s swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure.

Fishing is far from a harmless pastime. Please try alternative activities, such as hiking, camping, and canoeing.

Spot on as always! ^

Aug 5 '14
Aug 5 '14

treekisser:

"Because male chicks cannot lay eggs and do not become the chickens we eat, they serve no purpose in modern agriculture. They are therefore killed by a process called maceration… Approximately 21 — 22 million male chicks are macerated each month in the United States, according to the latest United States Department of Agriculture data.”

(via Buzzfeed’s “12 Facts About Mayonnaise That May Surprise You”)

Aug 4 '14
"If Americans reduced their meat consumption by ten percent, enough grain would be saved to feed sixty million people."

John Robbins (via vegan-veins)

Yet veganism is a rich and classist diet right

(via vegan-animallover)

Aug 4 '14
kawaii-obama-san:

runicbasso:

did-you-kno:

Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures in Kenya , said he was astounded by what he saw:“These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,’ he said.  ‘On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together.  ‘At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily’.”
Then these scenes followed




and then they just walked away without hurting him.

DAMN, NATURE! YOU CONSIDERATE! 

AWW

kawaii-obama-san:

runicbasso:

did-you-kno:

Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures in Kenya , said he was astounded by what he saw:

“These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,’ he said. 
‘On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together. 
‘At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily’.”

Then these scenes followed

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and then they just walked away without hurting him.

DAMN, NATURE! YOU CONSIDERATE! 

AWW

Aug 4 '14
fightingforwhales:

New art in Miami, created by sick_qirl on Instagram.

fightingforwhales:

New art in Miami, created by sick_qirl on Instagram.

Aug 4 '14
carnism-is:

onlyfireformenow:

proteanvixen:

tree-gasm:

bossybroads:

Please remember that being vegan is a privilege, and that judging anyone for not adopting such a lifestyle makes you a gaping asshole.

truuuueeeeeeee

Being vegan is a CHOICE, not a privilege.(There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not a privilege)

Excuse you, being vegan or vegetarian is most definitely a privilege. First off, vegan eating is very expensive, at least in the United States, when compared to non-vegan eating. Money is tight for a whole lot of people right now, and the average American is not able to pay for a vegan diet. Not only that, but people have health problems and other dietary concerns that may prevent them from eating vegan. I would love to be vegan, but I am physically (and financially) unable to. I went vegetarian for a year a while back and literally ended up in the emergency room. More than once. I’m severely anemic, and therefore it is practically impossible for me to maintain health and a vegan lifestyle at the same time, even with supplements (which I can’t afford anyway). I can’t even imagine trying to cut out meats while having more serious dietary concerns, such as Crohn’s disease or hypoglycemia. You’re right in saying that there’s nothing wrong with being vegan, but it is a privilege. A choice and a privilege.

Ah, yes. The expensive vegan diet. With high price luxuries such a rice and beans, canned vegetables, bananas, bread, peanut butter. So long as you have access to a grocery store, in most cases a plant based diet is cheaper. I highly suggest reading this post before continuing to blab about how expensive a plant based diet is and continuing to erase the many poor vegans out there. [LINK]There are actually several plant sources of iron that are superior to meat. Meats that are high in iron tend to cost much more than plant based foods that are higher in iron. Look:
1 serving of Steak: 13% DV 1 Patty of 95% lean beef: 12% DV 1 chicken breast: 12% DV1 serving of pork: 5% DV
vs
1 cup of cooked Lentils: 36% DV 1 cup of cooked soybeans: 48% DV1 cup of boiled spinach: 35% DV1 cup of cooked black eyed peas: 19% DV
Lentils are dirt fucking cheap compared to a steak. The only thing is you need a source of vitamin C to absorb non-heme iron efficiently, but plant based diets are abundant in Vitamin C. Great value orange juice costs $0.30 per serving and Lentils cost $0.10 per serving. $0.40 for 36% of the DV of iron. The cheapest of the four meat sources, chicken breast, will cost you ~$2.50 for 12% of the DV. I have a strong feeling you didn’t monitor your iron intake whatsoever as a vegetarian. My mom and I have severe iron deficiency issues, and both of ours was helped by plant based dieting, Many others who monitored their iron intake closely on a plant based diet say the same thing. Even if you have something preventing you from eating a plant based diet like a digestive disorder or living in a food desert that still doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your contribution to animal exploitation as far as practical and possible. That still doesn’t mean you have to defend animal exploitation. That still doesn’t mean you can’t adopt the philosophy of veganism. For all intents and purposes I’d consider you a vegan if you adopted the philosophy, stopped defending animal exploitation, and reduced your contribution to it as far as practical and possible but couldn’t practically or possibly strictly adhere to the dietary portion.

carnism-is:

onlyfireformenow:

proteanvixen:

tree-gasm:

bossybroads:

Please remember that being vegan is a privilege, and that judging anyone for not adopting such a lifestyle makes you a gaping asshole.

truuuueeeeeeee

Being vegan is a CHOICE, not a privilege.
(There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not a privilege)

Excuse you, being vegan or vegetarian is most definitely a privilege. First off, vegan eating is very expensive, at least in the United States, when compared to non-vegan eating. Money is tight for a whole lot of people right now, and the average American is not able to pay for a vegan diet. Not only that, but people have health problems and other dietary concerns that may prevent them from eating vegan. I would love to be vegan, but I am physically (and financially) unable to. I went vegetarian for a year a while back and literally ended up in the emergency room. More than once. I’m severely anemic, and therefore it is practically impossible for me to maintain health and a vegan lifestyle at the same time, even with supplements (which I can’t afford anyway). I can’t even imagine trying to cut out meats while having more serious dietary concerns, such as Crohn’s disease or hypoglycemia. You’re right in saying that there’s nothing wrong with being vegan, but it is a privilege. A choice and a privilege.

Ah, yes. The expensive vegan diet. With high price luxuries such a rice and beans, canned vegetables, bananas, bread, peanut butter. So long as you have access to a grocery store, in most cases a plant based diet is cheaper. I highly suggest reading this post before continuing to blab about how expensive a plant based diet is and continuing to erase the many poor vegans out there. [LINK]

There are actually several plant sources of iron that are superior to meat. Meats that are high in iron tend to cost much more than plant based foods that are higher in iron. Look:

1 serving of Steak: 13% DV 
1 Patty of 95% lean beef: 12% DV 
1 chicken breast: 12% DV
1 serving of pork: 5% DV

vs

1 cup of cooked Lentils: 36% DV 
1 cup of cooked soybeans: 48% DV
1 cup of boiled spinach: 35% DV
1 cup of cooked black eyed peas: 19% DV

Lentils are dirt fucking cheap compared to a steak. The only thing is you need a source of vitamin C to absorb non-heme iron efficiently, but plant based diets are abundant in Vitamin C. Great value orange juice costs $0.30 per serving and Lentils cost $0.10 per serving. $0.40 for 36% of the DV of iron. The cheapest of the four meat sources, chicken breast, will cost you ~$2.50 for 12% of the DV. I have a strong feeling you didn’t monitor your iron intake whatsoever as a vegetarian. My mom and I have severe iron deficiency issues, and both of ours was helped by plant based dieting, Many others who monitored their iron intake closely on a plant based diet say the same thing. 

Even if you have something preventing you from eating a plant based diet like a digestive disorder or living in a food desert that still doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your contribution to animal exploitation as far as practical and possible. That still doesn’t mean you have to defend animal exploitation. That still doesn’t mean you can’t adopt the philosophy of veganism. For all intents and purposes I’d consider you a vegan if you adopted the philosophy, stopped defending animal exploitation, and reduced your contribution to it as far as practical and possible but couldn’t practically or possibly strictly adhere to the dietary portion.

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

(Source: vive-veg)