51 posts tagged live compassionately
Happy Mother’s Day to all the sweet, caring & nurturing mamas!
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.
The Green Pug
Happy Earth Day! I’ve always loved this video, & I’ve shared it previously, but thought I’d share it again for Earth Day. If a Pug can do it so can you! Make Earth Day, Every Day!
(via The Daily Puglet)
The dairy industry is horrendously cruel. It is not enough to give up meat. Go Vegan. Live Compassionately.
All living beings deserve our respect. Live compassionately. Practice AHIMSA.
Be kind to bunnies, & all creatures big & small! Live compassionately, today & everyday! xoxo
It’s been quite a whirlwind around here the last few weeks. I was wrapped up in the process of packing-moving-unpacking, in the final stages of selling my home, turning another year older (but it feels like 5), taking a quick trip out of town, & all the while working 2 jobs & trying to maintain at least part of my healthy living/yoga/exercise schedule. It’s been a lot. The stress of a big change, lack of restful sleep, a relatively poor diet, too much caffeine to get me wound up, & too much wine to get me unwound has left me feeling like a giant pile of toxic sludge. Over the course of the last few days, it all caught up to me. I am exhausted. My brain is scrambled. The blues are creeping back in. Or maybe it’s the cathartic process?
I got the call a couple days ago that my house officially sold. I should feel like a big weight has been lifted, & I think it will in time, but right now I feel an emptiness. Letting go of that house means letting go of a lot of painful memories & hard times that happened there (things that are a bit too personal to share here). Letting go means accepting that everything that has taken place in the last 10 years of my life had to happen, so I could learn the lessons that, for whatever reason, I am supposed to learn. And I am beginning to realize that it really all has been for the best. Now it’s a matter of taking of all that pain, & all of those hard lessons, & turning them into something good. Perhaps becoming a stronger & wiser version of myself, as well?
My 70 year old friend said to me recently, “Honey, when you get to be my age it will finally all make sense, you’ll look back at the times when things just didn’t work out the way you thought they would, or you felt terrible heartache, or disappointment, & you will realize that it was what you had to go through to get to where you were meant to be. And once you get there you will be grateful for where the journey led you.”
There was no point letting myself remain “stuck” in a sad & stagnant pattern, & I am grateful for the change & opportunity to grow. So now I am here. I’m in a fresh space. Starting over. In a place where true healing can begin. I am ready to conquer the unknown. I am lucky to still be on this journey, even while navigating through the stormy seas…there are far greater things ahead…
Fabulous folks, have you read WILDFIRE Magazine yet? It’s pretty awesome! WILDFIRE is a free online vegan, fair-trade, fashion, food & wellbeing magazine based in Melbourne, Australia created by photographer Kohii Love. Check it!
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The PPK’s 100 of 2012
The vegan hotlist is out! Congrats to everyone who made it this year! Click through to see the list.