14 posts tagged animal rights
Our Hen House TV!
Hey y’all! First, I hope you all know about & support Our Hen House! If you’re unfamiliar, then it’s time to get with it! Our Hen House is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "change the world for animals" using video, audio, interviews, reviews, & the written word. The OHH website provides up to the minute daily updates on what you need to create change. With their weekly podcast, Jasmin & Mariann interview inspiring activists, chefs, entrepreneurs, & all around changemakers. In addition, it’s full of sassy chit-chat, insightful commentary, a bit of gossip, & plenty of profanity (just a warning if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing!) as they review new hot products, companies, & media. They are entertaining, informative & all around awesome advocates for the animals.
"Our Hen House’s TV show ventures into the under-explored world of animals rights with a sense of humor, a passionate heart, & more than a few opinions on the state of animal rights. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, a part-time vegetarian, a fiery social justice activist, or simply love your dog, Our Hen House’s TV show will embolden you to think in new directions, to question assumptions, & to sample some fabulous food along the way. The show is an extension of the popular podcast under the same name.
Not in Brooklyn? Not to worry, you can watch online as well. They’ve just put up episode 4, so if you haven’t been watching, curl up with a cup of fair-trade tea, grab your furry friend & catch up! If you love it, make sure to show your support by making a tax-deductible donation. They offer some pretty amazing thank you gifts if you need more incentive, but I know that helping to give a voice to the animals is enough for most of you!
The Tree Kisser Shop
Hey compassionistas! One of the most influential & inspirational activists out there is Jessica of The Tree Kisser. If you don’t follower her blog yet, click this link & do it. Truly, she is someone to be admired for her spirit, her heart, & her strong voice for the animals. Just in time for the holidays, she’s opened an online shop where she is selling her brand new t-shirt designs. Check it out her awesome line of shirts & tanks here: http://thetreekisser.bigcartel.com.
Perfect stocking stuffer for the activist on your list!
One of my favorite tops from my new online store through The Tree Kisser! Also available in a tank top <3
Adopt a Turkey Project 2013
For a one-time donation gift of just $30, anyone can sponsor a turkey who lives at one of our three shelters. As a turkey sponsor, you will receive a special Adopt a Turkey certificate with a color photo of & fun details about your new friend.
Turkey sponsorships also make perfect gifts, so make an even greater impact this holiday season by sharing the love with others. For a gift of $210, you can sponsor the whole flock & have adoption certificates sent to family and friends!
These beloved turkeys at Farm Sanctuary not only need your sponsorship support this Thanksgiving but also your help showing others just how wonderful farm animals really are. We are privileged to have these beautiful birds in our care, & we know you’ll love making a difference for them, too!
So don’t delay, sponsor your turkey today! Go on…gobble, gobble give!
2013 Walk for Farm Animals - San Diego!
Hello San Diego Friends! It’ that time again! Farm Sanctuary’s "Walk for Farm Animals" is returning to cities all over the US. I am happy to announce that I’ll be walking again here in San Diego on October 26th with the San Diego Vegan Ladies Cooking Club team! Last year’s walk was a wonderful experience & I cannot wait to walk again this year with a great team of awesome vegan ladies!
Why I walk:
Every year millions of farm animals are subjected to unspeakable abuses on factory farms. Often confined in cages so small they cannot even turn around, farm animals are regularly beaten, mutilated, force-fed, deprived of everything that is natural to them, & frequently dragged to their death.
For more than 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has taken a stand against such cruelty by inspiring change in the way society views & treats farm animals & by promoting compassion. This year I am joining Farm Sanctuary in its mission to protect farm animals from abuse by participating in the Walk for Farm Animals. I am walking with Farm Sanctuary to speak out on behalf of animals and to make a real difference in their lives.
This year’s walk is taking place around the picturesque Embarcadero Marina, & I cannot think of a more beautiful setting to spread the message of peace, compassion & freedom for farmed animals. After the walk scrumptious vegan food will be served, & attendants will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes donated by Vaute Couture, Fur Free LA, Conscious Box, Soul of Yoga, Veg-N-Out, OB People’s Co-op, Bird Rock Yoga, Compassion Couture, The Sexy Vegan, Casa de Luz & many more! So please, compassionate San Diegans, come one, come all, be a voice for the voiceless, walk in support of these sweet sentient beings. And if you cannot participate, perhaps you will consider supporting me? I would be so very grateful! You can visit my fundraising page here.
Go See Blackfish
"Blackfish" premiered today in San Diego’s Landmark Theaters & I rushed to the theater as soon as I got off of work to see it. Much to my surprise, & delight, the theater was packed with viewers young, old, & in between. Not a seat unfilled. I am so glad that this important film has attracted such a large audience, especially here in San Diego, where Sea World is one of our city’s main attractions.
After watching this film, through sadness, anger & many tears, I am left with only one thought. I will never support Sea World. If I have children, I will not take them there. As an educator, I will not support or participate in Sea World field trips. Yes, on the one hand, it is pretty incredible that Sea World allows us to get up lose & personal with an animal that we may never get to see with our our own eyes. Yes, children marvel with delight over the jumps, waves, & splashes, but I would not want my children to grow up believing that it is natural to see 5000-10,000 pound whales living in small pools & trained to entertain us, or that it is ok to pluck an animal out of its natural environment, taken from its familial pod, & meant to live a its life in a theme park, oscillating between performance, integration with into an artificial pod &, oftentimes, isolation. These beautiful, majestic, highly intelligent & evolved, social & family oriented beings are meant for the ocean. Not for captivity, a pool, or a theme park. Sea World is in the business of making money, not research, preservation, or education & this film makes it very clear. Shame on them.
There is so much more I could say, so many more details I could give, but I’ll refrain because I want you to see for yourselves. Please see this film. Take your kids to see it. Encourage others to see it. It’s riveting. It’s powerful. It will break your heart.
Oftentimes in the face of activism, we can be left with the feeling that the issue is bigger than us, or that we are so far removed from it that we wonder how we could possibly make a difference. But we can, & it’s so simple…do not go to Sea World. Spread the message.
Click here for screening information.
Very intrigued by this trailer for Blackfish, a new documentary about Tilikum, a performing whale at SeaWorld that swallowed its trainer whole.
“Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film attempts to uncover what caused the incident, exposing never before seen footage and interviews from the scandalous but widely hushed up case. We also see the true nature of the corrupt and profitable sea-park industry, including the disillusionment of workers who have had their safety jeopardised and the extraordinarily cruel treatment of orcas in captivity.”
The film is scheduled to be released in the UK in July.
This is the harsh truth about what really happens in the dairy industry. Not only do dairy cows & their offspring endure an incomprehensible amount of suffering, there is absolutely no reason for humans to consume cow’s milk. Read on, & if you haven’t already - ditch the dairy!
Here’s a euphemism, one that’s widely used within the dairy industry. Because cows’ milk is a secretion that oozes from the udder, it’s filled with a “somatic cell count,” commonly known as pus, with the national average hovering around 350 million pus cells per liter. Basically, this means that each glass of milk in America can have around an eye-dropper full of pus. Over the years, The Hoard’s Dairyman & other dairy industry trade journals have run a few articles about the pus content in milk.
When machines are hooked up to the udders three times a day to suck the cows dry, the machines, & the countless drugs & myriad injections of Bovine Growth Hormone, cause mastitis, & irritate & infect the udders. Pus, mucus, & infections are sucked out with the milk, & pasteurization—which cleans the pus, but does not eliminate it from the milk—creates a concoction of sanitized pus. Organic, chemical-free cow milk is not pus-free either. It actually has more pus than non-organic milk because when cows come down with infections, as they always do, chemicals are not being used to treat the infection. Thus, more pus accumulates in the system. Soy, rice, almond, hemp, coconut, oat & hazelnut milks (the vegan ones)—along with human breast milk—are the only pus-free milks.
Moreover, mother cows make milk for THEIR babies & for THEIR babies alone. That case is closed forever. No debate. No discussion. The jury is in. They don’t make milk for baby humans, adolescents humans or adult humans. The human body has absolutely no need for cow milk, just as it has absolutely no need for dog milk, giraffe milk, zebra milk, camel milk, goat milk or rhinoceros milk. This is why dairy is responsible for most allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, childhood ear infections, acne, & breast, ovarian, colon, prostate & pancreatic cancers.
Cows, like every other female mammal, only produce milk during & after pregnancy. Cows, therefore, are artificially impregnated (raped) once a year to keep the milk-flow going. Within moments after giving birth, babies are stolen from their mothers. From a business standpoint, the dairy industry has to steal babies because it can’t have calves sucking up all that milk that was meant for them when they would rather sell it to humans instead. Every time humans have a glass of cow milk, some calf is not!
Like male chicks on an egg farm, male calves are useless by-products of the dairy industry. Unlike the chicks who are killed at birth, calves are sent to veal farms and put in tiny crates with ropes and chains around their necks to completely immobilize them. No movement is ever allowed because no muscle development is allowed. The veal industry is only in existence because of the dairy industry. If you don’t eat veal, but still consume dairy, it doesn’t alleviate the suffering of enslaved male calves, or mother cows! When cows no longer produce huge amounts of quality milk after 3-7 years, they’re killed. There are no cow sanctuaries in the dairy industry. Ninety percent of hamburger flesh in America comes from the dairy industry. For some amazing info about the scams & cruelty of the dairy industry, please check outwww.NotMilk.com, www.coalitionforcancerprevention.org, andwww.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/us/07fat.html?src=me&ref=general.
We Animals Book Project
Photojournalist & animal advocate, Jo-Anne McArthur, who is also the central human subject in Liz Marshall’s documentary about animals, "The Ghosts in Our Machine" (which I blogged about here). Is launching a book project & needs our help!
About the project:
Ten years ago I created a project called "We Animals." What started as a small photo essay about our uses & abuses of animals has grown into an internationally renowned archive. From whale-poaching in the Antarctic to sheep farming in Australia, from zoos in North America to macaque farms in Southeast Asia, the project has grown to cover a lot of ground.
My goals have always been to educate people about our treatment of animals. To reduce their suffering. To widen our circle of compassion to include non-human animals. To make animal industries visible, & accountable.
One more way that We Animals can do this is through this book project. We are trying to broaden our horizon & diversify our audience. By supporting this book project, you’ll be supporting these goals as well.
We need to raise $32.5k to make this project a reality, & we’re offering many ways in which you can invest in this project. Have a look & thanks so much for taking part!
Please donate if you can, & if you can’t afford a donation, please spread the word! Let’s help Jo-Anne bring this project to light, so we can spread the message of compassion far & wide.
To learn more about the project & become a backer click here.
The Circular Glance
This just might break your heart into a million little pieces. And it should. This is not unlike the horrors that animals are subjected to on dairy & factory farms daily. This award-winning short film, "The Circular Glance" makes the powerful & important connection between how we live, & the implications for the animals that we raise for human consumption.
Please take the 12 minutes to watch. Be sure to click on the caption for subtitles. Share, share, share with anyone you know that will be impacted by this. The message is as riveting as it is powerful. Warning: graphic footage at the end of the film.
The Ghosts in our Machine
Please watch! This looks beautifully filmed, & incredibly powerful, yet painfully poignant. No graphic imagery here. Just the truth. Can’t wait to see this film & what kind of impact it will make.
About THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
Through the heart & photographic lens of international animal rights photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. & in Europe. Each story represents a different animal industry: Food; Fashion; Entertainment & Research.
"The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographing them is one of empathy. There is a huge mistreatment & inequality between human and non-human animals, & that’s always in the forefront of my mind." – Jo-Anne McArthur
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within & rescued from the machine of our modern world, & shines a light on the complex issue of animal rights, within the context of our voracious consumer-driven world.
A diverse cast of international voices reflect on the moral question posed: Are non-human animals property to be owned & used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
The Ghosts in Our Machine theatrical trailer came out last week. Give it a look. It’s not terribly graphic, just sad. I think it’s going to be a great movie. Looks like very powerful stuff. Do you think it’ll change anything? I mean we’ve seen movies change people—the response to Forks Over Knives has been incredible. I hope this gets a response like that!
Follow the film’s FB page for updates on the release and all of that.