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The food industry

The food industry

Israel

Fish

"Every person in Israel eats an average of 2000 fish during the course of his life, but actually responsible for twice as many deaths. For every fish that is marketed, another "non profitable" fish dies."

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Chickens

"After hatching, the chicks are dumped into closed, windowless structures. These chicks are genetically distorted through "cultivation", which aims to expedite their natural growth rate. The growth is also expedited through drugs, concentrated food and artificial illumination, that prevents sleep and increases feeding."

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Cows

"Tens of thousands of calves are imported to Israel from Australia every year by ships, on a three weeks journey. Many calves reach the port suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, wounded, sick, or even dead."

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Calves

"In order that his flesh be white and tender, the calf is fed low iron diet and is locked down in a tight crate. In an attempt to retrieve some iron, the calf licks the iron bolts and tries to lick his own excrement. He cannot turn around, stretch, lick himself or lie comfortably ? thus prevented to move his muscles, keeping his flesh tender."

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Geese

"In order for its liver to be fattened, the goose is force fed with enormous quantities of food. Three to five times a day, a total amount of third of its body weight is forced through a metal pipe into the goose's stomach. As a result of the forced feeding, the goose suffers from liver atrophy, causing the liver to inflate up to ten times from its normal size."

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Pigs

"At any given moment, about 80,000 pigs are bred in factory farms around Israel. Locked down, the pigs become aggressive and violent due to density and lack of stimulations. In order to control this, the pig's tails are cut without pain killers. Some farmers also sever the pig's fangs."

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Eggs

"After hatching, the chicks are assorted: the males, who are unprofitable, are exterminated. They are thrown into tanks, in which they are crushed to death, suffocate or slowly wither from hunger. The females are locked in tight metal cages, in which they can't even stretch their wings."

Free-range eggs - is it consistent with "animal rights"?

Seemingly, free-range hens do not suffer much; they have big cages, laying chambers, there is less violence and they have comfortable bedding to walk on. Unfortunately, there are many more similarities between the regular egg industry and the organic egg industry.

Milk

"the calf is taken from his mother ? the males to be used in the meat industry and the females in the milk industry."

What's the difference?

"Their strongest desire is to be free, not to be compelled in the cage - to be whole, to feel alive."

ZOOM IN - a minute in a life of a battery hen

"Saturday, 17:53. I still remember my feet-soles were flat. Now, after many months of standing on these thin wires, used as floor, my feet-soles have many big blisters. I can not stand without those blisters pressed to the wires, causing me pain."

Abroad

The lives of others

Animals' lives are as important to them as ours are to us. We must stand up for them, as good people from other eras stood up to the slave trade.

The Case for Animal Rights

There are, I know, those who profess to believe in animal rights but do not avow these goals. Factory farming, they say, is wrong - it violates animals' rights - but traditional animal agriculture is all right. Toxicity tests of cosmetics on animals violates their rights, but important medical research - cancer research, for example - does not. The clubbing of seals is abhorrent, but not the harvesting of adult seals. I used to think I understood this reasoning. Not anymore. You don't change unjust institutions by tidying them up.

Why vegan?

"Many people believe that animals raised for food must be treated well because sick or dead animals would be of no use to agribusiness. This is not true."

Why Vegan booklet - PDF

Comprehensive Explaination animal abuse.

What's going on in slaughterhouses?

"Animals in slaughterhouses can smell, hear, and often see the slaughter of those before them."

All about fish

"Fish crowded into small areas are susceptible to disease and suffocation, as an article from the Cornell Countryman states, '...growing 2,500 pounds of fish in 2,500 gallons of water doesn't give the fish much room to breathe...'"

Factory farming

"Life on 'Old MacDonald's Farm' isn't what it used to be. The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes portrayed in children's books are quickly being replaced by windowless metal sheds, wire cages, 'iron maidens', and other confinement systems integral to what is now known as 'factory farming.'"

Turkeys - Viva! Fact Sheet

6% - 15% of turkeys die in sheds each year. Many die because they never learn to reach the food and water points ('starve-outs'). Others die from disease or as a result of growing too quickly.

This is the right solution?

Is this the right solution?

abolitionism vs Welfarism

The Importance of Being Honest - Patty Mark

It's a poor use of our time to engage with animal industries, big business and governments trying to encourage them to treat the animals who are at their mercy "better." It?s time for us to set the pace and to be proactive. The real work isn't negotiating with the animal industries, but with educating the public. The biggest threat to animal farming is veganism...this is the weakest link chaining the animals down. The last thing animal farmers want us to do is promote veganism, so let's make it first-up.

Invasion of the Movement Snatchers

"Humane" animal products appear to be a nearly perfect antidote to the inner conflict brought about by awareness of one's own complicity in the exploitation of animals. But sadly, by trading a sacred truth for a clever lie, "humane" labels make a mockery of an authentic moment of conscience.

Serving Abuse: Promoting Animal-Derived Food

Campaigns for cage-free eggs, ?humane meat,? or other animal-derived foods take time, energy and funds that would be better devoted to vegan advocacy. Increasing the percentage of vegans reduces the number of hens who suffer in the egg industry; it also weakens all industries based on speciesist exploitation. Prompting people to switch from battery eggs to cage-free does neither.

The Odd Logic of Welfarism

If a man abuses his spouse, do we ask him to stop, or do we throw our hands up in exasperation, saying that if he?s going to do it, he should at least not hit so damn hard? Similarly, if a person is going to eat meat, do we ask her to stop, or do we throw our hands up in exasperation, saying instead if one is going to eat meat, at least eat free-range?

Interviews

Interviews

DEBATING FRANCIONE (and loving it)

Almost single-handedly, Gary Francione has forced the AR movement to confront an enormous dichotomy that exists between a welfarist stance and an animal rightist philosophy. His viewpoint is that if animals have any moral significance at all (ie, they are not things to whom we have no direct moral obligations), then we must extend to them one right ? the right not to be property.

Seemingly, free-range hens do not suffer much; they have big cages, laying chambers, there is less violence and they have comfortable bedding to walk on. Unfortunately, there are many more similarities between the regular egg industry and the organic egg industry.

The Importance of Being Honest - Patty Mark

It's a poor use of our time to engage with animal industries, big business and governments trying to encourage them to treat the animals who are at their mercy "better." It?s time for us to set the pace and to be proactive. The real work isn't negotiating with the animal industries, but with educating the public. The biggest threat to animal farming is veganism...this is the weakest link chaining the animals down. The last thing animal farmers want us to do is promote veganism, so let's make it first-up.

The Earth is at danger

Ecology

Planet on a plate

"Global warming is increasing, the hole in the ozone layer is getting bigger, rainforests are disappearing, deserts are expanding, fossil fuels are running out and seas are dying. So what?s this got to do with diet? Everything!"

Vivisection

Vivisection

About vivisection

"Every second of every day of every year, an animal dies in an experiment in the United States."

Dissection

"Dissection is the practice of cutting into and studying animals. Every year, 5.7 million animals are used in secondary and college science classes. Each animal sliced open and discarded represents not only a life lost, but also just a small part of a trail of animal abuse and environmental havoc."

BUAV's fact sheets about vivisection

"Over 60% of all the procedures preformed in the UK are done without anaesthetic at all."

Clothing

Clothing

Leather

"Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals and tans their skins and hides. Many of these animals suffer all the horrors of factory farming-including extreme crowding and confinement, deprivation, and unanesthetized castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning-and cruel treatment during transport and slaughter."

Wool

"Without human interference, sheep grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides effective insulation against both the cold and heat. Wool was once obtained by plucking it from sheep during their molting seasons. Breeding for continuous fleece growth began after the invention of shears."

Fur kills

"Every year, a well organized fur industry spends millions of dollars to glamorize the fur coat and to hide the real price of fur - pain, mutilation, torture and the inevitable death of millions of animals."

Fur farming

"There is a misconception that the animals on fur farms, also called fur ranches, are treated humanely. Unfortunately, there is nothing humane about depriving animals of their behavioral and physiological needs. Fur farming is nothing more than institutionalized torture."

Fur trapping

"Within the first 30 minutes of capture, a trapped animal can tear her flesh, rip tendons, break bones, and even knock out teeth as she bites the trap to escape."

Fur trim

"According to Sandy Parker Reports, a fur industry newsletter, the number of animal pelts used for trim will soon outnumber those used for all-fur garments in western European and U.S. markets. Demand for fur trim is currently so strong that some U.S. manufacturers, which typically produce only full-fur garments, are now moving into the trim business."

Animals in the entertainment industry

Entertainment

Rodeo abuse (movie)

"A seven-month long undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals (MFA) at rodeos across the state of Ohio has revealed startling animal abuse, both in the arena and behind the scenes."

Zoos: pitiful prisons

" Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals? habitats."

The horseracing industry: drugs, deception and death

"Racehorses are the victims of a multibillion-dollar industry that is rife with drug abuse, injuries, and race fixing, and many horses? careers end in slaughterhouses. A New York Daily News reporter remarked, 'The thoroughbred race horse is a genetic mistake. It runs too fast, its frame is too large, and its legs are far too small. As long as mankind demands that it run at high speeds under stressful conditions, horses will die at racetracks.' "

Give roosters something to crow about: End Cockfighting

"Cockfighting-a blood sport in which at least two roosters are placed in a ring and forced to fight to the death for the 'amusement' of onlookers-will be illegal throughout the United States in 2008. As the Orlando Sentinel commented, 'Cockfighting is a cruel sport that has gone on far too long.' "

Circuses: three rings of abuse

"Although some children dream of running away to join the circus, it is a safe bet that most animals forced to perform in circuses dream of running away from the circus. Colorful pageantry disguises the fact that animals used in circuses are captives who are forced, under threat of punishment, to perform confusing, uncomfortable, repetitious, and often-painful acts. Circuses would quickly lose their appeal if more people knew about the cruel methods used to train the animals; the cramped confinement, unacceptable travel conditions, and poor treatment that they endure; and what happens to them when they 'retire.' "

Carriage horses: don't get taken for a ride

In the late 1980s, Whitey, an 8-year-old gelding, collapsed while pulling a carriage during a summer heat wave in New York City. [...] Eventually, Whitey managed to get back on his feet. Another carriage horse, Misty, wasn?t so fortunate. She died from apparent heat exhaustion during the same heat wave.

Bullfighting: a tradition of tragedy

"Each year, approximately 10,000 bulls die in bullfights, an inaccurate term for events in which there is very little competition between a nimble, sword-wielding matador (Spanish for 'killer') and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated animal."

Faq

General Faq - by PETA

" What do you mean by 'animal rights'?
People who support animal rights believe that animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other purpose and that animals deserve consideration of their best interests regardless of whether they are cute, useful to humans, or endangered and regardless of whether any human cares about them at all."

Vivisection - by BUAV - PDF

" What is vivisection?
Vivisection literally means the ?cutting up? of living animals, but has now become more generally used as the term for all experiments on living animals (in vivo) as many animal experiments, such as toxicity (poisoning) tests, will not involve surgical procedures."

Ask the vegan chef - by veg cooking

Q. I want to be vegan, but soy milk doesn't agree with me. What can I use instead?
A. Fortunately, there are a number of vegan "milks" available at well-stocked supermarkets and natural-food stores. Among them are rice milk, oat milk, and almond milk. All are available in aseptic (shelf-stable) containers. Look for them on the shelf next to the soy milk.