Why Vegan?

This post, by its very nature, will probably be more controversial than my trauma posts.  People seem to have more trouble hearing about veganism than trauma sometimes.  So, to start– I am not judging vegetarians or even omnivores.  I’m simply writing about my experience in case it helps others along the way.

I went vegetarian all the way back in 2009.  A friend of mine worked in what’s referred to around here as a chicken barn.  It’s actually a large, windowless metal building where chickens and chicks are caught, debeaked, often have their wings broken, and killed sometimes in gruesome ways.  My friend laughingly told me stories about how some of the chickens died.  I was horrified, and no piece of chicken has ever touched my mouth since.

That experience got me thinking about other animals who are used for food.  What made them less than a chicken?  Why was I okay to eat those but disgusted by chicken?  I didn’t look up anything about the animal food industry, but I did decide to stop eating animals one by one.  First went other poultry, then fish, then finally beef (I didn’t eat pork anyway).  By the end of that year, I decided to try one more cheeseburger just to make sure.  Literally could not keep one bite down.  It felt disgusting on my tongue and had no taste at all.  So that was vegetarianism.  All from the story of chickens in a barn.

Veganism was harder for me.  I went on and off of it many times.  Learning about the dairy industry was enough to make me detest dairy, but I still slipped up.  When I feel tempted now– and I still do sometimes– I just remind myself that that calf’s life is more important than my desire for cheese.

I am vegan because I believe it is the only way to truly respect all life.  I believe it is the most kind way of living and that it leaves a lighter carbon footprint.  It’s best for the animals, best for the planet, and best for my mind and soul.  From one tiny little chicken in a barn came a whole new lifestyle.

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I highly recommend Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Life’ to anyone interested in vegetarianism and veganism.  Interesting facts and some tasty recipes, too!

FIV+ Kittens

If you or anyone you know has experience dealing with FIV+ kittens, please comment here or email ec1_englishrain@yahoo.com  ec1[underscore]englishrain[at]yahoo[dot]com

I’m trying to help a friend care for her kitten who was diagnosed with FIV today.  We’ve never dealt with this before and want to do all we can to make sure this little guy has the longest, happiest life he can!

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer.

History Repeats

They are crowded into hot, smelly transport devices.  They are disoriented by the lack of personal space and stifling heat.  They can barely breath and are pressing on each other with enough force to cause internal injuries.  Some are injured by the strangers who have taken them from their families and thrown them into this terrifying new world.  Some cry out, some are already too weak to do so.

Their journey is arduous.  They must endure the heat and darkness for an undetermined amount of time.  They have no idea where they’re being taken, only that the people taking them are painfully cruel.  Locked up as they are with no escape, they urinate and defecate on each other.  The waste burns their skin.  Some of their fellow prisoners die along the way.  They are crushed or suffocated.  Limbs are broken, skin is torn.  The dead exist among the living in this hell.

Finally, they arrive at their destination.  Thick smoke from burning corpses fills the air.  It chokes them as they are pulled out of the transportation devices.  Who knows what their thoughts were upon being removed from those horrible chambers?  They find no relief.  They are handled once again by the strangers who show no regard for their lives.  Some are found undesirable and immediately killed.  Some are placed in holding stalls .  Most are taken into what will be their last living quarters.  They see others like themselves.  They see mangled bodies and severed limbs.  Aware, once again, that they will soon face a violent death, they fight.  Their captors prevent their release.  Every single one of them dies.

This isn’t an account of Nazi Germany.  This is the final days of chickens killed in processing plants.

Go veg.  Life depends on your decision.

Shocking Reality

Having trouble sticking to that New Year’s resolution to adopt a vegan lifestyle?  This site will definitely motivate you to keep working towards a cruelty-free life.

If you’re still a meat eater, the videos on the site might very well help you understand why so many of us have chosen to rid our diets of animal products.  Fair warning– the videos are graphic.  Sometimes, though, it takes a bit of a shock to get people to consider change.  And when the change involves saving innocent animals from torture, no amount of shock is too much.

http://www.meat.org

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.  They were not made for humans any more than black people were made from white or women created for men.

–Alice Walker

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

1 October is World Vegetarian Day!!  Throughout the month, vegetarians will be working to raise awareness of the benefits of being vegetarian, as well as supporting fellow herbivores and sharing tasty tips.

You can celebrate by cooking a vegetarian meal for friends and family, printing and displaying the World Vegetarian Day and awareness poster from NAVS, or doing anything you’d like to do to raise your voice!  If you’re not a vegetarian and would like to celebrate, why not go veg for one day?  Try something new.  Have a bit of fun!

World Vegetarian Day was founded by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977.  To read more about them, click here.

Happy Eating!  🙂

Why Vegan?

Because animals used for dairy suffer too.  Their flesh may not be visible to consumers, but they often suffer every bit as much as animals used in the meat industry.  A vegetarian diet saves many, many lives and prevents cruelty to many animals.  If you’re vegetarian, why not take it that extra step and cut dairy out of your diet as well?

PETA’s latest investigation involves the cruelty cows are subjected to by the suppliers of Land O’Lakes.  Click here to read more about the investigation.  Be advised that the images are graphic and might not be suitable for children.  If you’d like to teach your children about a cruelty free lifestyle, have a look at the PETAKiDS site.

As I’ve said frequently, we all share this world.  Not one living creature, humans included, should ever be made to suffer for another.

WORST Show on Earth

In this post, I talked about PETA’s mission to stop animal abuse in circuses.  They’ve uncovered more of the horrors faced by elephants and tigers imprisoned within the Ringling Bros. torture organisation.  Learn more about PETA’s efforts and the appalling conditions these animals face by visiting this page.

John Lennon, when campaigning against societal injustices, frequently used the phrase ‘apathy isn’t it.’  Now, almost thirty years after his death, that phrase still rings true.  Circus animals cannot speak for themselves.  To many attending the circus, they might even appear to be enjoying what they’re being forced to do.  People should remember, though, that elephants and tigers do not perform circus tricks in the wild.  Forcing them to do so involves traumatic training using physical and psychological torture.

When I say I’m a survivor of ritual abuse, people understand the horror behind that.  I became a PETA member and an animal rights activist specifically because I recognise some of the same methods use in the satanic programming of humans being used against animals by organisations in the meat and entertainment industries, among others.  It is *not* acceptable for humans to suffer severe abuse and trauma, and it is *not* acceptable for animals to be put through that kind of cruelty either.

We share one planet and one Universe.  It’s up to us to bring peace.

The Violence of Circuses

The fact that circuses abuse animals is obvious.  One look at the transportation methods alone shows the kind of conditions these animals are forced to endure.  It’s cruel, even to the point of being sadistic.  Please take a minute to sign PETA’s petition to end circus cruelty.

For more information on stopping circus cruelty, visit circuses.com.  I urge everyone reading this to open their eyes to this horrible situation and take action.  Animals are not ours for entertainment, and the torture they endure in order to ‘perform’ at circuses is absolutely horrendous.

Boycott the circus!!

Unspoken Victims

PETA’s newest campaign is focused on animals used in military trauma training exercises.  The plight of human torture victims has at least been pushed to the forefront with US President Obama’s recent action against torture as an interrogation method.  Whether that will actually be carried through is beyond my knowledge, but at least it is something brought in to public eye that people might never have considered.  My purpose in posting PETA campaign news is to help spread the word and open people’s eyes to situations that might otherwise go unnoticed.  It’s hard to think about cruelty to people or to animals, but if we’re going to make a difference, we have to learn the facts and fight against them.

That said, PETA’s campaign against animal torture in military training exercises is explained here.  The page also provides a template for an email that you can personalise and send to your government officials.  Sending an email takes five minutes out of your day, but those five minutes can mean survival for hundreds of animals.

PETA Seal Campaign

I was absolutely appalled to find out that hundreds of thousands of seals are brutally murdered for their fur every year in Canada.  This post is by no means an attack on Canadians– its purpose is to draw attention to this ‘industry’ and get more people involved in stopping such a barbaric practice.

Please click on this link for more information on PETA’s campaign and to submit a letter voicing your disapproval.  Vegetarian or not, people can band together to end this massacre once and for all!