The fear in their eyes..
While it is too late to save these little babies, you can help prevent future animal persons from suffering by choosing veganism today and by joining us in showing solidarity with the chickens during our all-day vigil on October 2nd from 7am-7pm.
Photo credit to Anita Krajnc.
"When someone buys eggs labeled "cage-fgree" or "free-range," they likely came from hens who aren’t in battery cages but who are still overcrowded in miserable, windowless warehouses where the stench of ammonia is overwhleming. They are still painfully debeaked, brutally handled, and they still go to a terrifying slaughter at a young age. And the babies still come from the harsh and heartless hatcheries where the male chicks are cruelly killed [either by being thrown into a meat grinder alive, or being tossed into trash bags to suffocate] by the millions soon after hatching, as they are considered a waste product of the egg industry.
When someone buys dairy products with an “organic” or “humane” label, the cows were perhaps able to go outside for some of their life, but they were still artificially inseminated [using a device called the “rape rack”], kept pregnant their entire short life and were milked well beyond what was ever intended for their bodies naturally. The cow’s baby calf was still taken away soon after birth, never to nuzzle her mother, drink from her udders, or frolic in a field. If the calf is male, he is worthless to the dairy industry and is sold at auction to be killed for veal or some other form of meat. If the operation is organic, sick and diseased cows linger untreated so the milk is not “tainted” with needed medications.
No matter the label, no matter the scale, commercially “farming” an animal for her flesh, milk or eggs is factory farming. If a bird is hatched into this world in a sterile metal drawer without the comfort of her mother hen and a soft nest, that is factory farming. If a calf is ripped from his mother at birth and kept separate from her and other cows, alone and frightened, chained and unloved - that is factory farming. If an animal has her beak burned off, her tail cut off, his genitals ripped out [all standard farming practices done without anesthesia even on so called “local”/”organic”/”humane” farms”] - that is factory farming. If an animal is hung upside down with his throat sliced open - that is factory farming.
Indeed, I would encourage the animal activist community not to use the term “factory farming” anymore because it implies that there is some “humane” farming alternative somewhere that counters the large-scale, industrial operations. By using the term “factory farming,” animal activists have inadvertently contributed to a demand for “alternative” animal products. This is what we have been hearing in the shifting rhetoric of apologies for the animal agricultrual industry when they say, “I only buy … ” - Hope Bohanec of United Poultry Concerns
To summarize, any business, no matter how “small” or “organic”, which relies on the use of a person’s body against their will, which ignores their struggles and their cries, can only ever be cruel. And no matter where they were “farmed,” all animal persons end up in the same place in the end:
The only way to know for sure that you are not contributing to the suffering of animals is to choose veganism!
TCS Vigil September 9th 2014
Lately we haven’t been able to spend much time with the cows; the trucks are purposely driven recklessly fast into the unloading areas where heavy, thick gates are closed with the sole purpose of blocking our view of the beautiful, trapped persons in the transport trucks. It is a final injustice, like salt in a wound, that these gentle, innocent beings are denied even a few moments of our kind words and loving caresses.
Please choose veganism.
Learn about Toronto Cow Save and join our vigils.
Photo credit to Agnes Cseke.
ANIMAL LIBERATION WORK AND LATIN AMERICAN SOLIDARITY.
The amount of racist bile that was spewed in the comments on an article about the plight of slaughterhouse workers is something has had me feeling really disheartened with the animal rights movement. Though I know most of the folks that actually work to help animals (read: the people I’ve met that are actually volunteering and getting out there to spread the message, not just Facebook warriors) do get it, I think a lot of people would benefit a great deal from spending 30 minutes watching this video about Animal Liberation Work and Latin American Solidarity. Vegan or not, this is an important video to watch if you care about human rights.
Part one of a five part series which documents sweet little moments from Esther the Wonder Pig's second birthday party.
I dare you to watch this video without a smile on your face!
If only all persons, regardless of species, were shown this much affection! Please choose veganism in honour of the many nonhuman persons who not only will not reach their second birthdays, but will never know love and kindess such as this.
We fight for Esther, and we fight for all her exploited brothers and sisters of all species!
Help us put 1,000 informative, creative, and thought-provoking vegan ad posters on the TTC!
The TTC serves 1.6 million persons every day. Toronto Save views this as an amazing opportunity for vegan outreach. We wish to erect 1000 posters in subway trains with the message, “why love one but eat the other?”, encouraging passengers to think about the disparity between the way we treat our companion animals, and the horror that we put “farmed” animals such as pigs, chickens and cows through. The posters will display information regarding the torture that billions these nonhuman persons are forced to experience on farms, during transport, and in slaughterhouses every year. With these posters, we hope to prompt individuals to choose a compassionate vegan lifestyle and to thus move towards a future where all are free and loved! You can help usa nd do your part by donating to this powerful project, every little bit helps, and 36$ will buy one full poster! We thank you!!