I remember touching one of the sows in those crates. She was red and big with fourteen piglets tussling off to the side. She flinched. I could feel a strange sense of horror deep inside me, but I pushed it down. I rested my hand on her back and, for one brief moment, she leaned into it and then jerked away, as if burned. She could not understand my sudden interest in touching her with gentleness, no pig in the pork industry does.
Anyone who can explain the rightness of a cage has never been in one, never felt the sides of it pushing and denying access to the natural world. They have not felt the frustration of nothingness, of being restricted, of being in a barren, empty world. When her instinct drives her to make a nest for her babies, she cannot. When her preference would be to nurse her piglets in a deep bed of leaves, she cannot. When she wants to run away from the humans who abuse her, she cannot. When she wants to burrow in straw with her sister and brother, she cannot. And when she is desperate to save her piglets, when they are taken forcibly from her at 2-3 weeks of age, when the wrongness of that separation is evident in her tense muscles and strange cries, she can do nothing to stop it. Everything done to her is an attempt at removing her from instinct and desire and what she wants and needs.
We know what happens to her piglets. They too will be stripped of their dignity and of their pigness. Then they will be killed and eaten by a species who does not need meat to survive. She will spend years in that cage, repeatedly artificially inseminated, repeatedly denied access to a nest and the outdoor world, repeatedly abused and repeatedly stripped of her babies.
I don’t need meat to survive. You don’t either. Pigs need to be allowed to express all that makes them them. And they cannot do that on a farm or in a place that sees them as roasters and production units. Since there are so many alternatives to pork, there isn’t any reason not to start choosing a compassionate diet now. Do it today, for the millions of sows denied true motherhood and the hundred million piglets turned into pork. We must honor who they are by not reducing them to what our palates desire.
Marji Beach - Animal Place Sanctuary.
Anonymous said: Human bodies have adapted to cows milk. Its healthy and necessary for us now. Say what you like but we need milk to survive.
And *gasp* if we need dairy to survive then I’m a ghost typing out this message. All of Vegan Tumblr is a ghost community.
Wait so you mean to tell me that grown humans shouldn’t drink the milk made for calves?
SAVE THE LACTOSE INTOLERANTS
THEY MIGHT EXPLODE AT ANY MOMENT FROM LACK OF COW JUICE
After age 4-5 (or so) we stop producing the lactace enzyme that breaks down milk sugar lactose causing it to be broken down as a toxin in the body (this goes for all milk, even human milk).
Only about 30% of the worlds population can actually produce the enzyme into adulthood. That mean that 70% of the entire planet can’t properly digest milk of any kind. Some are worse that others. Notice I said planet… no “U.S.” or “U.K.” or “Asia” but planet.
The statistical odds you can digest diary is very slim. More info here:
Lmao. I don’t drink milk. Pretty sure I don’t need it to survive.
It’s the vitamin D in milk and dairy that is good for you, idiots.
It’s funny you call us idiots when you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. The vitamin D in milk is FORTIFIED. Naturally, milk has only trace amounts of vitamin D, and must be added to be a good source of vitamin D. Don’t get me wrong, fortification is great, but you can get plant milks and other vegan foods fortified with vitamin D. It also naturally occurs in some mushrooms in adequate amounts, or you can just go outside if possible.
Here, have a government website talking about how Vitamin D isn’t naturally occurring in reliable amounts in milk, and that it’s fortified: [Link]
Harvard literally did a study saying you shouldn’t consume dairy and I stick to plant-based sources and people still say it’s necessary…
Most people are very much opposed to the abuse of animals yet continue to eat them.
How can it be that most people feel it is wrong to unnecessarily hurt and kill helpless animals, yet most people continue to unnecessarily hurt and kill helpless animals—so they can eat them , use their milk, eggs, and other by-products?
How can it be that most people claim to love animals, yet turn their backs when the animal is a cow, a chicken, a pig, a fish, a turkey, a lamb, or any other animal they “enjoy” the taste of?
Why the disconnection?
All sentient beings should have the right to live in liberty and without suffering, including the animals we eat.
Even if you don’t love animals, a vegan diet has been proven to be better for your health and the planet; it’s one of the most far-reaching personal, practical and ethical choices you can make.
Germany’s strongest man
Patrik Baboumian, vegan strongman
Patrik was born in Iran and lives in Germany. In 1999 aged 20 he won German Junior Bodybuilding title.
He holds the world log lift record for under 105kg, with a 165kg lift, as well as the German heavyweight log lift record. His heaviest log lift is 190kg. In 2011 he won Germany’s Strongest Man, 105kg category.
In 2012 he continued his success by winning the German log lift title for the fourth time in a row, and setting a keg lift world record (115kg). He took the European Powerlifting title in Finland, and set a world record for fronthold by holding a 20kg weight for 86 seconds (video below).
By late 2012 he had continued to grow in size and strength and weighed 127kg, so is no longer considering competing above 105kg.
I love this man!
#truthanddare - Because in an age of information, ignorance is a choice.
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This debilitated emaciated and featherless laying hen was rescued from a FREE RANGE egg factory near Melbourne last week, there were many more like her.
Free Range Animal Products are NEVER the answer/alternative to ‘factory farms’.
Animal Agriculture = Animal Slavery.