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A vegan friend found this while camping in Leh. Leh, in the northernmost tip of the Indian Himalayas and close to Tibet, is one of the harshest places for humans to live in. It’s a cold, windswept desert where hardly a blade of grass grows. For 8 months of the year, temperatures remain below freezing, often dipping below -40. Because of its altitude, the air over there is so rarefied that visitors have to acclimatize for 3 days before they can walk without running out of breath.
Some people say that veganism is a First World privilege. They say that urbanized, well-off people in wealthy societies can afford to be vegan, but “poor” people in third world countries cannot afford it. Firstly, that betrays an ignorance of economics and food production. Around the world, healthy vegan food is a lot cheaper than meat and dairy. But it also betrays yet another excuse for a complacent, uncaring life: “If someone in Siberia / Namibia / Cambodia isn’t vegan, I won’t be either.”
That said, these messages, pinned in the door of a restaurant in Leh, are truly humbling. A little research revealed the source: a group called Tibetan Volunteers for Animals (TVA). They have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreedomForAll) and a website (http://semchen.org/). And we all know the plight of Tibetans.
If a group of disenfranchised people living as refugees in a third world country in one of the most hostile climates on Earth can be vegan, then what’s YOUR excuse?!
Meat just tastes so damn good.
People don’t eat meat for health or because they need it. They do not check the source of their meat and the slaughter of the animal killed for them, as they blatantly lie. They do not do it for protein or because they care about the feelings of plants. They do it because it tastes good.
Because it tastes good.
Because it tastes good …
Because it TASTES GOOD.
And they do not eat dogs because? Because dogs taste awful? How do they know? Or because dogs are not ‘prey’? Dogs are preyed upon by big cats all the time. Because only herbivores are eaten? Then why eat pigs, chicken and fish?
In other words, meat eaters eat dead corpses because they have been raised to, indoctrinated to, since their childhoods, by their parents, their schools, by all of society. They have been told that if they do not eat dead animals and support an unsustainable industry with their money, they will catch awful diseases and die.
To live all your lives in fear is a pitiable existence. To rot, marinate, treat with carbon monoxide, then roast, then heavily season a long-dead corpse is a terrible way to ‘eat a balanced diet’.
To eat corpses and pay for their short, tortured existences, to support an industry that is destroying our only home, Earth, is a terrible way to exist.
What a pathetic legacy to create with your short, unpredictable lifespan.
To be incapable of looking a cow, a pig, a chicken or even your pet dog in the eye and truly grasping the beauty of their minds and immensity of their emotions … just because eating their dead friends has desensitized you … is to never have truly lived.
To eat something because it ‘tastes good’, without ever exploring the global culinary explosions that await a vegan adventurer is like being a frog in a well. That frog lives in a little well made of bacon, beef, KFC and fish, and will never know how big and beautiful and complex and marvelous the ocean truly is.
thedragondancer asked: Do you have any reliable sources for why animal testing is unnecessary to progress science?
Besides the fact that it’s ethically barbaric, I would like to share the facts with you that have brought me to the conclusion that animal testing is a waste of time.
-In the book Vivisection Unveiled Dr John Carpenter explains that less than 2% of human illnesses (1.16%) are ever seen in animals. Over 98% never affect animals.
-According to the former scientific executive of Huntingdon Life Sciences, animal tests and human results agree “5%-25% of the time.”
-Among the hundreds of techniques available instead of animal experiments, cell culture toxicology methods give accuracy rates of 80-85% as explained in the MEIC Evaluation of Acute Systemic Toxicity.
-92% of drugs passed by animal tests immediately fail when first tried on humans because they’re useless, dangerous or both. This is revealed in the 1998 book Nature Biotechnology.
-The two most common illnesses in the Western world are lung cancer from smoking and heart disease. Neither can be reproduced in lab animals as published in Smoking: New York Times and Heart disease: Animal Models in Cardiovascular Research.
-A 2004 survey of doctors in the UK- commissioned by patient safety group Europeans for medical progress- showed that 83% wanted an independent scientific evaluation of whether animal experiments had relevance to human patients. Less than 1 in 4 (21%) had more confidence in animal tests than in non-animal methods.
-In the Drug Metabolism reviews, it’s said that rats are 37% effective in identifying what causes cancer to humans – less use than guessing. The experimenters said: “we would have been better off to have tossed a coin.”
-Rodents are the animals almost always used in cancer research. They never get carcinomas, the human form of cancer, which affects membranes (eg lung cancer). Their sarcomas affect bone and connective tissue. The two are completely different. This was published in World Medicine Volume 79.
-Volume 298 of Science Magazine said the results from animal tests are routinely altered radically by diet, light, noise, temperature, lab staff and bedding. Bedding differences caused cancer rates of over 90% and almost zero in the same strain of mice at different labs.
-Page 41 of Vivisection Unveiled says that gender differences among lab animals can cause contradictory results. This does not correspond with humans.
-AP Fletcher revealed that 75% of side effects identified in animals never occur.
-Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics said that over half of side effects cannot be detected in lab animals.
-Vioxx was shown to protect the heart of mice, dogs, monkeys and other lab animals. It was linked to heart attacks and strokes in up to 139,000 humans. This was revealed in Current Opinions in Lipidology.
-Science Volume 297 said that genetically modified animals are not like humans. The mdx mouse is supposed to have muscular dystrophy, but the muscles regenerate with no treatment.
-The Journal of the American Medical Association published that genetically Modified (GM) animal, the CF- mouse, never gets fluid infections in the lungs – the cause of death for 95% of human cystic fibrosis patients.
-The Journal of the American Medical Association also said that in America, 106,000 deaths a year are attributed to reactions to medical drugs.
-Nature Medicine 2000 revealed that each year, 2.1 million Americans are hospitalised as a result of medical treatment.
-In the UK an estimated 70,000 people are killed or severely disabled every year by unexpected reactions to drugs. All these drugs have passed animal tests. Earl Baldwin published this.
-Professor Hoff at the congress of clinical medicine said that in the UKs House Of Lords, questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs (which passed animal tests) kill more people than cancer.
-A German doctor’s congress Munchner concluded that 6% of fatal illnesses and 25% of organic illness are caused by medicines. All have been animal tested.
-Munchner also concluded that according to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which passed animal tests.
-Developmental Toxicology said that 70% of drugs which cause human birth defects are safe in pregnant monkeys.
-Volume 19 of Biogenic Amines revealed that 78% of foetus-damaging chemicals can be detected by one non-animal test.
-Thousands of safe products cause birth defects in lab animals – including water, several vitamins, vegetable oils, oxygen and drinking waters. Of more than 1000 substances dangerous in lab animals, over 97% are safe in humans. This was published in Sax’s Dangerous Properties Of Industrial Materials.
-One of the most common lifesaving operations (for ectopic pregnancies) was delayed 40 years by vivisection said the Birmingham Daily Post.
-In The Story Of Medicine by K. Walker, it’s said that blood transfusions were delayed 200 years by animal studies.
-The polio vaccine was delayed 40 years by monkey tests said the Yale University Press in the report The History Of Poliomyelitis.
-The Journal of the American Paraplegic Society published that 30 HIV vaccines, 33 spinal cord damage drugs, and over 700 treatments for stroke have been developed in animals. None work in humans.
-The Director of Research Defence Society, (which serves only to defend vivisection) was asked if medical progress could have been achieved without animal use. His written reply was “I am sure it could be.”
In conclusion, the practice is not only unethical but obsolete.
When vivisectionists are asked why they use animals in labs, they tell us it’s because the animals are like us. But when asked why it’s acceptable to do this to animals, they tell us it’s because the animals are not like us.
Everyone seemed to believe with simple faith that law and order, morality, the “American way of life” and Christianity are all very much the same thing. Now it is becoming quite clear that they are not so at all. Many Christians, who have confused “Americanism” with “Christianity” are in fact contributing to the painful contradictions and even injustices of the racial crisis. For the one thing that has been made most evident by the long and bitter struggle of the South, and now of the North, to prevent civil rights legislation from being passed or enforced or made effective, is that the legislators and the police themselves, along with some ministers and indeed all those whom one can call “the establishment,” seem to be the first to defy the law or set it aside when their own interests are threatened. In other words we are living in a society that is not exactly moral, a society which misuses Christian cliches to justify its lawlessness and immorality.
—Thomas Merton, Faith and Violence (via zentaku)
Anonymous asked: you look like a typical mexican rat! go the fuck back to mexico and give us americans our jobs back! puta
bitch I’ll take your jobs, fuck your man, eat your food, shit at your crib. I do what I want
The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.
THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER
how do people not care about an entire species of animals dying out bc of our impact on this planet